When it comes to shaving and grooming practices, we often turn to our military for their unmatched standards. Pristine, clean and low maintenance are easy mottos.

The look we know — shaved head, low fades with little to no facial hair — is more than a mandatory rite of passage, it’s an instrument used to phase in the mentality of a new recruit, and phase out the individuality most civilians take pride in. The French military call it “boule à zéro” or zero ball, whereas in the United States, induction into the brotherhood by buzz cuts received are meant to foster team camaraderie and level the playing field for all in command.While some adhere to their branch’s strict grooming standards, the finer details like a simple straight line, which can be easily trimmed into the hair, are still allowed. What’s referred to as “fore to aft,” is really a small nod in the direction of maintaining one’s sense of style; similar in vein to Nas’ half moon.“Before entering the military, I rarely shaved, I didn’t really have to so I just let it grow. When I first joined, I shaved my head right off the back, and I’ve been shaving ever since.” –Anthony

“MY BROTHER AND I WERE RAISED BY OUR GRANDMOTHER. SHE USED TO ALWAYS TELL US THAT THE FIRST IMPRESSION THAT PEOPLE HAVE OF YOU IS YOUR IMAGE. BEFORE THEY SPEAK TO YOU, THEY NOTICE HOW YOU LOOK FIRST. AND WITH A CLEAN SHAVE – YOU HAVE TO KEEP YOURSELF CLEAN CUT AND VERY PRESENTABLE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU’RE GOING TO RUN INTO. AND THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT.”

“Shaving has been a struggle for me since I enlisted in the military. Just simply because of the frequency that you have to share, and you’re not quite sure which blade best suits your skin type.”…Read more at bevelcode.com