October 23rd, 2014 §
Until safety razors were invented in the 1900s, men used the straight razor for their shaving needs. Well, recently the straight razor has made a big comeback not only because you can get a good shave with this method, but the ritual is just as rewarding as the results. Also, facial hair has made a comeback, but men like to make sure it’s groomed and maintained properly. As such a straight razor is used to ensure the lines separating areas of facial here and smooth skin are well defined, and the contrast is as great as it can be.
The transition from using a safety razor to a straight razor can be tricky. Initially you may find your shaves are of a poorer quality than with a safety razor, and you will probably cut yourself at least once. But stick to it, because with practice you’ll be able to give yourself a far smoother shave than you can now. You’ll have complete control over the entire shaving experience, from preparing your razor and beard, to the actual shave itself. You’ll feel a million dollars from the moment you start the prep work until you’ve splashed on your favourite aftershave at the end. Follow this guide to get your straight razor career underway… » Read the rest of this entry «
October 10th, 2014 §
We get lots of questions from our customers wanting to know which straight razor they should start with, and what other products they need to sharpen and maintain the blade. So our straight razor department here at Fendrihan HQ (i.e. me), decided to put this fact sheet together to give you a little more information. » Read the rest of this entry «
February 7th, 2014 §
As not all safety razors are the same, safety razor blades the are also not the same. However, as safety razor usage has increased and become more popular, the available models and types of razor blades have also significantly increased. You can now buy razor blades from all over the globe that will satisfy your needs.
Getting the best clean, close shave without irritation such as razor burn is actually a matter of trial and error. The reason is that every man’s face is different and has a specific skin type. » Read the rest of this entry «
January 24th, 2014 §
Shaving with a straight razor is almost a lost art form. Long before the advent of the electric face mower and mass produced shaving blades, men ritualistically began readying and preparing for their day with that perfect morning shave.
However, it is not just the unique practice performed by your local barber, nor is it an archaic ritual steeped in mystery, because there are still those men who appreciate this almost lost art of traditional shaving that was practised for thousands of years before. » Read the rest of this entry «
September 4th, 2013 §
Practitioners of classic shaving should be all too familiar with the painful embarrassment that blunt razor blades can inflict on their faces. As a result, it is no coincidence that practitioners have come up with all manner of methods to help them maintain a sharp edge on their razors, with one method being the practice of stropping. Although said practice was once limited to professional barbers in their barbershops, modern consumers have access to all of the tools and supplies needed to strop a razor blade from the comfort of their own homes. » Read the rest of this entry «
August 21st, 2013 §
Whether you are traveling for work or for leisure, there are certain men’s grooming essentials that should be found in every gentleman’s travel toiletry kit. This article shares the most important products that you must always bring in your grooming arsenal to ensure that you will always look like that dashing, debonair gentleman that you are. » Read the rest of this entry «
June 25th, 2013 §
Every man loves the look and feel of a clean, close shave without the unbecoming cuts, razor burns, infections and bloody toilet paper. Unfortunately, getting one of those unflattering marks happens more often than not, but there are some shaving tips you can follow to prevent cutting yourself while shaving.
This is a no-brainer but the least followed advice and is easier said than done. Most shaving accidents come from bad practices which usually arise from carelessness. Take your time while shaving. To shave without cutting yourself, pay attention to your strokes, your face and your stubble while shaving. Although you’ve been shaving almost your entire life, this is not something you can do with your eyes closed. » Read the rest of this entry «
June 3rd, 2013 §
The debate between hot water and cold water shaving goes back to the Victorian Era where warm water was a luxury and tedious to acquire. Although obtaining hot water today is as simple as turning on the faucet, the question, “Should I shave with hot or cold water?” is still pondered upon. Since wet shaving with hot water seems to be preferred by most men, let us look at the colder alternative and its pros and cons.
Pros of Cold-Water Shaving
- Causes less irritation. Most men who try a cold-water shave report less skin irritation and razor burns as well as less ingrown hair, fewer cuts and smoother skin. If you have very sensitive skin, cold shaving may be a great idea. » Read the rest of this entry «
April 22nd, 2013 §
Sometimes, facial hair can grow into the skin, causing it to become infected and inflamed. In many cases, the hairs curl to continue growing into the skin, while in other cases, they grow into the side of the hair follicles instead of emerging from the pores. Shaving is considered the leading cause of ingrown hairs because it results in shortened hairs with tips that are sharper than normal. As a result, it is easier for these shortened hairs to become trapped in the follicles by a build-up of dead skin and similar material and become ingrown hair. At the same time, it is also easier for the shortened hairs to penetrate the skin and cause hair follicle inflammation. » Read the rest of this entry «
March 20th, 2013 §
For beginners, using a straight razor can seem daunting because the learning curve is steeper than with a safety razor. However, for some gentlemen, there is simply no substitute for the close shave that only a straight razor can provide. For these men, shaving using a cutthroat razor is a labor of love, and they learn to savor the routine. Time is one of the considerations when choosing to use a straight razor or a safety razor. Some men believe that newbies should start with a safety razor and work their way up to a straight razor, however, other gentlemen say it’s best to begin with a straight razor if that is your ultimate goal. Either way, you should be prepared to take things slowly and accept that it will take time to perfect your routine. » Read the rest of this entry «