it's not that men don't want to shave "the old fashioned way" but usually more a case of not understanding how. It's
actually quite simple and a real pleasure. I can think of no better way to start the day that with a nice shave and
after-shaving products. Just when you start thinking you can't do it, just remember, 100 years ago a 12 year old
boy could hone, strop and shave with a straight razor with no nicks. Here is the short of it:
Safety Razor Shaving:
The first step is a good shaving soap. Even if you use no other traditional shaving product, get a good soap, mug
and brush. We will go into greater depth about which gear might be for you below the short version.
Shaving involves your skin and everyone's skin is different. You may have heard a buddy say "I tried a safety razor
and cut myself" or "I tried it and my face was raw." Those statements are usually made by folks who don't know
anything about traditional shaving and used equipment that wasn't suited to the needs of their skin. It's important to
tailor your equipment to the needs of your skin. There are numerous brands and price-ranges of double edge razor
blades out there. Each one is a bit different and knowing what you need is important. Take the time to discuss the
differences with your barber or come in and let us get you fitted to the right gear for you. Some blades are too
aggressive for sensitive skins. Your shaving needs may change slightly after you've been using a safety razor a
while. As your skin becomes healthier from traditional shaving, you may find your skin isn't quite as sensitive as
you thought just because you've been using products suited to different skin types. As your shaving needs evolve,
we're here to help you get what you need to SHAVE LIKE A MAN!
Here is the quick and the long of it:
Heading out to work shave:
If you're fresh from the shower, get some good hot water, make a nice thick lather with your shave brush and soap
and apply to your face. Use circular motions to apply the hot lather; this lifts the whiskers and helps remove dead
skin from your face. Get lather everywhere you intend to shave. The lather is the lubrication for your razor so if
you're doing the back of your neck too, make sure to lather there.
While you're lathering your face, have your razor warming up under the hot water. Your blade's edge is very fine
and sensitive to rust, etc, between shaves. I use a blade three days, flip it over for three days and then replace it. If
it's been sitting for any reason, I replace the blade to ensure I'm starting with a fresh, clean edge on my razor blade.
Shave with the grain; remember, you have two sides to that razor........it won't do any good if you let your razor get
clogged with hair and shave soap so rinse it out after you've used the second side. It works pretty much like a
normal razor but remember, it's a sharp blade sitting sideways on your face. If you go side to side it will slice so
keep your strokes to up and down.
Lather again for your second pass or call it good for a quick shave. If you're doing a second pass and have
somewhat tough skin, you can go against the grain on this one or just go with the grain again. Rinse your soap off
and splash some cold water on your face to seal the pores.
Follow with a good quality aftershave splash or soother. You might like the sting of alcohol but the soothers will
make your face feel better. Your skin is sensitive from having a blade scrapped across it so don't beat it up right
You're looking and smelling dapper and ready to face your day!
A better shave:
Same as above but start with a pre-shaving oil, let it sit for a couple minutes while you prepare your
other gear. Lather right over it and begin shaving like above. If you really want to get the most from
your pre-shaving oil, put a hot towel over your face after applying and let it sit a couple minutes to help
the oils really soften your whiskers and prepare your skin for the shave.
Things to remember:
Have a styptic pencil ready. You can get them about anywhere shaving stuff is sold. Get the end wet
with water and rub it on the cut. It will burn a bit but the bleeding will stop almost instantly.
Heat is your friend. Heat keeps your pores open and your hairs soft to make your shaving much easier.
Using cold water, cold lather or a cold razor are all going to diminish you shaving experience.
The right after-shaving products are important for the health of your skin and to help it repair the
damage done by shaving. If you just rubbed sand paper on your skin, would you then splash alcohol
on it? Our after-shaving products are designed to soothe your skin after the shave.
The long of it:
Disposable razors suck by design. As people began searching for a quicker, cheap way to shave
without the upkeep of a straight razor, the safety razor came about to allow men to shave with a clean,
sharp, fresh blade as often as they needed rather than having to hone and strop their razor. After
safety razors, other types of replaceable blade razors came about. As manufacturing processes and
technology in metals improved, the cost of throwing away a dull blade was not bad compared to the
convenience. Manufacturers soon realized there wasn't much money in manufacturing something that
lasted a lifetime, thus the availability of disposable razors. As people became more comfortable with
waste, disposables now allowed people to barely handle their shaving razor and then toss it in the
trash when it dulled. The way a disposable (especially multi-blade) is made is not with a goal of skin
health but making money. The angle of the blades (for your safety) caused companies to add more
blades because the decreased shaving quality. Not only that, but due to the multiple blades at a very
severe angle, the blades grab the hair and pull it beyond the surface of the skin before finally gnawing
their way through it. The little stub of hair snaps back under the skin and you feel smooth. What you
don't realize is those stubby hairs under your skin may become ingrown (do you get ingrown hairs on
your face? This is mainly why, because it pulls the hair up before cutting it off).
A safety razor cuts the hair off at the skin. A well lubricated safety razor simply cuts the hair off where
it grows out of the skin leaving it less traumatized. Because you don't have anywhere from three to six
blades dragging across your face and pulling at your whiskers, your skin and hair will be much
healthier and will feel much better.
A good quality shaving soap provides the lubrication, oils and clays needed to provide good glide for
your razor and healthy skin afterwards. The crap they call shave cream in cans is useless by design.
In order to make it able to be squirted out of a can, it's chemical composition doesn't contain the
essential oils and clays needed for lubrication. Have you ever seen a safety razor with a "lubrication
strip" built into it? Why would you need additional lubrication if canned shaving cream was adequate?
Once you've used your disposable a time or two anything they put in those strips is gone anyway.
Looking like a man doesn't mean looking like a slob.