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.
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.”
“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.”
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.”
(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.”
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.
(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