The double edge safety razor
Our guide to shaving with a traditional safety razor:
- Prep your skin: Wash your face with warm water to soften the hair and open up the pores. Consider using a pre-shave oil or gel to further soften the hair and protect the skin.
- Choose the right blade: Load a sharp, fresh blade into your safety razor. Insert it carefully, making sure it's securely in place. Always screw your razor head back the way it was originally set up, make sure not to flip pieces upside down.
- Lather up: Use a shaving brush if possible to create a rich lather with shaving cream or soap. Apply the lather evenly onto your face in circular motions.
- Hold the razor correctly: Hold the razor at a 30-degree angle to your skin. The handle should be gripped lightly for control.
- Start with light strokes: Begin shaving in the direction of hair growth, using short, gentle strokes. Let the weight of the razor do the work, don’t apply too much pressure.
- Rinse the razor frequently: Rinse the razor head after every few strokes to remove hair and lather buildup. This helps maintain a clean, effective shave.
- Be mindful of sensitive areas: Take extra care around sensitive areas like the neck and jawline. Shave these areas slowly and with light pressure to avoid irritation.
- Rinse and check your shave: After finishing, rinse your face with cool water to close the pores. Check for any missed spots and touch them up gently if needed.
Now start practicing, you got this!