You have probably heard it all before. You may have even been given a shaving set for your birthday from that person in your life that is tired of hearing you talk about nicks, cuts, ingrown hairs and the money you throw away on disposable razors (the last time I purchased a set of Gillette Fusion razors they were $35 a pack!). But the reality is that shaving with a safety razor is less expensive in the long run and you will get a closer shave.
Here are some tips and benefits of shaving old school.
- Make it an experience, not a chore
This is easier said than done especially is you shave in the morning before heading off to work. However if you can find the time to dedicate to it you will reap the benefits of smoother skin. I like to put on some Jazz and have a cigar hanging out of my mouth (ok, maybe not the cigar). As far as the time commitment goes, figure 25-30 minutes to start and reducing down to about 15 minutes once you get the hang of it.
- Proper tools are an investment, but worth it in the long run
To get yourself set up you will need a few supplies:
- A solid weight safety razor
- Badger Brush
- A pack of blades (don’t cheap out here)
- Shaving mug
- Shaving cream, Pre-shave oil and post shave balm
- Pre-shave and post-shave products are essential
This is the difference between a good result and a disastrous one. Pre-shave oil is a must for the best shave. Properly conditioning the skin prior to shaving will soften the hair and skin around it making it easier to remove the hair without irritation. After you are complete the shave a soothing, natural after shave balm will help the skin calm down and reduce redness. About 10 minutes before you take blade to skin, place your brush in the mug with warm water to soften the bristles.
- Short passes 2-3 inches at a time
These blades are sharp. There is no barrier of protection like with a disposable. Keeping the razor at a 30 degree angle and shaving in short stroke of about 2-3 inches at a time will give you the best possible result.
- Stick with it and your skin will adapt
Like anything, the first few times will be trial and error. You will be hesitant and you will get some cuts. As you shave more often in this fashion your skin will adjust over time and your technique will get better.