With the exception of the type of hair, I did what you said. Didn't make a difference (Other than the razor bumps, it was the best shave of my life!) Did I mention that the hair on my neck does not grow in a uniform directions? On either side of my neck, it grows downward and sweeps sideways (yes, I know what direction to shave.) and then theres a strip that is straight down on the left side. The hair at the bottom grows up (for the most part!) although some grows sideways. It's screwed up. My neck is like a fun house. My dad's is the same way, but he has a beard. Maybe he gave up.