As my husband would always say, nothing beats shaving like the old fashion way! So on this blog post, I would like to share my husband’s old fashioned shaving technique with the use of a straight razor. This has always been his favorite shaving tool but he does have another razor the one he uses when his is in a rush, and he said, with straight razor his skin feels smoother and does not require him to shave again for the next couple of days!
Shaving with the use of a straight razor needs a lot of practice to avoid cuts and razor burns, so here is a guide to get you started:
You will need: A straight razor, a small mixing bowl, shaving brush, shaving oil and shaving foam which you will usually find in most shaving kits.
Technique in shaving:
1. The best way to get a clean smooth shave is to hydrate your skin prior to shaving, so you could either have a shower first or wash your face with warm water.
2. Make sure that you are in front of the mirror with proper lighting when shaving.
3. Mix the shaving foam on a mixing bowl to make lather.
4. Using the shaving brush, apply the cream you mixed onto your face (where you intend to shave) in a circular motion against the grain.
5. You can squeeze the brush for a slimmer result in brushing between your upper lip and under your nose.
6. After you lather the cream on your face, set the bowl and brush aside.
7. Wash and dry your hands so you will have a proper grip of your razor.
8. Grab your razor and try holding it in your most comfortable way.
9. You can start shaving on your right side of the face.
10. Lift the side of your face using your fingers on your left hand and hold your straight razor using your right hand when shaving your right side of the face.
11. Be gentle on your stroke, start at the top and work your way down and do not go from side to side as it will cut your skin!
12. Take short strokes and stretch your skin as you work your shave down.
13. When shaving under your mouth, flatten your lip by opening it a little with lip tuck in.
14. When shaving from the chin, stretch your skin by lifting it up on an angle.
15. Always use a downward stroke and rinse your blades often.
16. Now shaving on the left side of the face also requires your left hand, this might be a little awkward, but you will master it in time.
17. Use the same procedure as you did on your right face.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by The Art of Shaving. However, the views and opinions shared are my own.