"A Good Lather Is Half The Shave." -William Hone
Self care for the Modern Gentleman has come a long way. Back in the day, shaving was a luxury experience that was done with a straight razor, hot lather, and the confidence to take on the world.
Now, similar to driving stick shift, knowing how to shave with a straight razor is almost a lost art. We’ve traded luxury and manliness for disposable razor cartridges and quick swipes in the shower as we rush to head out the door.
We think it’s time to not only bring back the art of shaving, but also the feeling of empowerment that comes with using a straight razor. Here are our top tips on how to get the perfect shave and actually enjoy the process:
What You’ll Need
Before you get started, make sure you have the following items on hand:
Whetstone (3000/8000 grit combination)
Four Steps to the Perfect Straight Razor Shave
Ready for the best shave of your life? Here are the basics to help you start mastering the art of the straight razor:
Prep your skin with a hot shower to open your pores, especially if this is your first time using a straight razor. You’ll have less irritation and a smoother shave. Trust us. Also, be sure to apply pre-shave oil for added moisture before you begin.
Learning how to hold a straight razor is a big part of the process. If you hold it too flat, it tears the stubble. And if you hold it too steep, it tears your skin. A 30-degree angle is ideal: pull your skin tight and apply gentle pressure as you move the razor across your face. A lighter razor requires more pressure than a heavier one, so keep this in mind when selecting your straight razor.
Learning proper stroke technique can take some trial and error, but you’ll want to start with small, even strokes in a downward motion. After each stroke, rinse the blade clean in hot water before doing another.
The lip, chin, and neck areas can be challenging, each in their own ways. The skin around the neck is super thin and most vulnerable to nicks and cuts, so it’s important to go carefully over these areas.
Once you’re done, you may have to pass through certain areas you missed. This process can take some getting used to, but as they say, practice makes perfect.
Once you’re finished, you’ll want to splash your face with cold water to tighten your pores, then apply a moisturizer or shave balm by patting it into the skin instead of rubbing it. Rubbing too hard on your freshly shaved skin can cause irritation.
Keep in mind that learning how to shave with a straight razor takes time, patience, and dedication. Enjoy the learning experience so you can feel even better about the way you look. Follow these steps and you’ll be shaving like a Modern Gentleman in no time.
Stay smooth and as always…Stay Suave Gentlemen.