Forget about your disposable razors and electric doodads. try this traditional Form of shaving and be a real man
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It’s a new year and you may consider getting rid of your hipster ‘stache and beard to start fresh. Now, doing a wet shave is a lost art, and initially it may seem more expensive and complicated, but once you’ve practiced enough you’ll realize that it’s quite easy and will prove more economical in the long run. Here are some basic steps in your quest for that clean and smooth face.
PREP YOUR SHAVING STUFF
A wet shave takes a bit of time, so you’ll need to settle down and learn some patience. Besides, a rushed shave can lead to razor burn. and skipping important prep steps can make all the difference in your shave.
GET A GOOD RAZOR
Invest in a high-quality razor, not disposable blades or cartridge blades. For wet shaves you’ll have these two choices: the safety double-edge razor and the straight-edge razor. The straight-edge is a bit more expensive and takes a greater deal of skill to master. So we recommend the safety double-edge.
GET A SHAVING BRUSH
A shaving brush makes all the difference. It lifts hair follicles up while exfoliating your face by removing dead skin cells. And the lather is thicker.
GET GRADE A CREAM
Forget about foam and gels, they aren’t good for wet shaves. What you want is a good-quality cream to help prevent shaving rash and razor burn. If you’re looking at gels, get a glycerinbased one. Alcoholbased gels can dry your face out.
SOAK IT UP
Prep some warm water in a small cup or in the sink for you to soak your brush and shaving cream or gel in warm water.
GET YOUR GAME FACE ON
Completely wet your face by washing it or coming straight out of a shower. You can go the extra mile and place a hot towel around your beard and neck area to help soften the hair follicles. This makes it easier for the razor blade to shear off the hair, which makes it easier on your skin as well.
You can also place some pre-shave oil. Dab a few drops of sunflower, olive, or coconut oil. This helps moisturize and soften the hair, as well as acts as an antiseptic and is great as a lubricant for your razor blade.
CREAM + GEL
Now you can apply the shaving cream. Get your brush out of the warm water, hold it over the sink until it is finished dripping, and then gently swirl it into your shaving gel. Do this until it is covered with a light lather. Now, only using a small amount, add the shaving gel and lather it up into the brush. After that, use a circular motion and gently cover every area that you want to shave. When you see an opaque lather around your entire face, then you’re ready to shave.
TAKE THE FIRST SLICE
Ideally you want to shave along the grain of the hair. So start from the top (where the grain may be) and then work your way South. You’ll have to position the razor on your face at a 90-degree angle. When you start to shave, move it down at a 30-45 degree angle. If it’s your first time, you’re probably used to disposable razors and often apply a good amount of pressure. But for this high-quality blade, you don’t need to apply any—unless cuts are hip. When you’ve leveled up your basic wet shaving skills, you can eventually try shaving against the grain for a closer shave.
KEEP YOUR STROKES CLEAN
To keep the blade clean and the stroke sharper, don’t forget to rinse your blade after every stroke.
SPLASH ON THE COLD
After the shave, you can wet your face with warm water to get the cream and gel out, but don’t forget to finish with cold water. At the start, the warm water was meant to open your pores and relax your face. The cold rinse is meant to close the pores and help your skin relax and regenerate.
Putting some after-shave or moisturizer helps heal and, well, moisturize your skin. Avoid alcoholbased products. They will dry your skin out and may cause a “burning” sensation.
PAT DON’T RUB
Get a clean, dry towel and pat your face. Rubbing will increase irritation. Be gentle.
CLEANLINESS IS MANLINESS
When you’re done, wash away all the lather from your brush. Store it handle down with the brushes in the air so it will air-dry. Then dismantle your razor, making sure it’s spick-and-span. These last steps will ensure that your shaving gear is taken care of. These items are an investment after all.