A BARBERSHOP SHAVE AT HOME

JAMES BASSO, FROM SYDNEY’S THE BARBERHOOD, PRESENTS HIS GO-TO PRODUCTS AND TIPS, NO MAT­TER HOW YOU PREFER TO FLEECE THE FUZZ.

GQ (Australia) - - GROOMING -

CUTTHROAT RA­ZOR GET A LESSON

“It’s im­por­tant to know what you’re do­ing be­fore you pick up a cutthroat ra­zor. Have a tu­to­rial with a skilled bar­ber, or watch Youtube videos be­fore you at­tempt to take an open blade to your face.”

STEEL YOUR­SELF

“Source Ger­man steel for your cutthroat blade – it’s the best for qual­ity and dura­bil­ity.”

OIL AND SUNDRY

“A pre-shave oil is vi­tal,” says Basso. “This will make the ra­zor slide eas­ily over the skin to avoid nasty cuts.”

DAN­GER ZONES

Af­ter you’ve ap­plied shav­ing cream, Basso ad­vises mark­ing out any blem­ishes, scars and in­grown hairs with the han­dle of your ra­zor. “This will re­mind you to take spe­cial care in these zones when shav­ing with an open blade.” His fi­nal piece of ad­vice? “In­vest in a strop to keep the blade in prime con­di­tion.”

THE KIT

(2) Dovo Solin­gen ra­zor set, $495, barberhood. com.au; De­ciem ‘AB Crew Pre-shave’ oil, $45 (60ml), de­ciem.com; (3) Buck Groom­ing shav­ing cream, $35 (75g), buck­groom­ing.com

CARTRIDGE BLADE DON’T BE CHEAP

“Pur­chase qual­ity ra­zors from a rep­utable brand to avoid nicks,” says Basso. GQ’S picks in­clude Schick, Gil­lette and Os­car Ra­zor.

TURN UP THE HEAT

“If you’ve nei­ther the time nor the in­cli­na­tion to mimic the hot towel treat­ment, pre­pare with a warm shower or splash hot wa­ter on your face be­fore shav­ing. You can use a mild ex­fo­li­ate to re­move any dead or dry skin.”

BRUSH NOT HANDS

“A shav­ing brush will give much bet­ter re­sults – use cir­cu­lar mo­tions when ap­ply­ing shav­ing cream.”

TWO DIRECTIONS

Be­fore shav­ing, lean into the mir­ror to eval­u­ate the direction of your stub­ble growth. You’ll likely have dif­fer­ent zones over your face. “Shave with the direction of your hair to avoid ra­zor burn and dam­aged fol­li­cles,” says Basso, who ad­vises fol­low­ing up with a sooth­ing balm, too.

THE KIT

(4) Spe­ick ‘Men Ac­tive’ af­ter­shave bal­sam, $29.95 (100ml), he­lioshealth.com. au; (5) Schick ‘Hy­dro 5’, $17.99, schick.com.au; Der­ma­log­ica ‘Daily Clean’ Scrub, $39 (120ml), der­ma­log­ica.com.au; (6) One Thou­sand & Ninety Two shave brush, $79, mensbiz.com.au

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