Whether you’re a veteran wet shaver or just starting out, we’ve put together a bit of advice to help wet shavers in their quest for the perfect shave.
Wet shaving is an art and should not be rushed. Following all the essential steps ensures you get the most out of your shave and minimizes the risk of irritation.
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Whether using a safety razor or a straight razor, every wet shaver should follow certain shaving guidelines for a more effective shave.
Preparing your face with a pre-shave routine will soften hair and skin, making it easier for the blade to glide and cut hair. It’s also a good idea to map out the direction of hair growth; with the grain, against the grain across the grain.
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Once the pre-shave process is complete, lather your soap and apply it to the areas you wish to shave.
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The shaving brush is a pivotal element of wet-shaving, lending to a rich lather and gentle exfoliation. Shaving brushes can be filled with different grades of natural hair (silvertip, super badger, best badger and pure badger) or synthetic materials with a variety of natural and artificial handles. Silvertip are known to be the highest quality, however other grades and materials can be just as effective.
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Finding the best shaving brush for your skin really depends on personal preference; natural or synthetic, loft size, handle style and colour, etc. You want to ensure you’re choosing something you’re comfortable with and that will last over time.
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Caring for your brush is important for the brush’s performance and longevity. A brush should be washed prior to its first use, as well as rinsed after each use, and left to dry either on a stand or on a countertop.
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Traditional double edge safety razors are less aggressive than straight/cutthroat razors and use replaceable blades. Available with open or closed comb head designs, they are designed as one, two, or three-piece razors.
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Adjustable razors, which allow its user to adjust the aggressiveness of the shave, are also an alternative for those looking to gradually progress the aggressiveness of their shave.
Read More: Comparing Adjustable Razors
Straight razors, also known as cutthroat razors, have a fixed blade that require continual maintenance and sharpening. Straight razors differ according to a number of variables, including grinding method, blade width, and point type. Educating yourself about the types of straight razors assists you in making the best choice for your needs and skill.
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The most important concept to keep in mind is that shaving with a straight razor is a skill that is learned over time; give yourself permission to move at your own pace through your own straight-razor learning curve. Your first few forays into using a straight razor may leave you a little nicked or unevenly shaven, but if you relax and allow yourself time to grow comfortable with the process, soon you will fall into a shaving style and rhythm that is all your own.
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How to Use a Straight Razor, Part II
Straight razors require a certain level of skill to sharpen, hone and maintain, and a measure of care and attention when shaving with them. Before starting your wet shaving journey, make sure you’re well-equipped with all the right tools.
Choosing the Right Leather Strop
Straight Razors vs. Safety Razors
Shaving with a safety razor or straight razor can be an adjustment and is an investment that requires time and patience. Get to know the basics of each type before you make a decision.
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Shaving Soaps and Creams
Along with your razor, a quality shaving cream or soap will help you achieve a close, smooth shave. Soap and cream preference will vary according to each individual’s skin type and fragrance preference. Soaps generally have a glycerin base while creams tend to have an oil base, such as coconut oil.
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Ranging in sharpness, double edge razor blades are designed to fit all modern double edge safety razors, meaning you can try a number of blade brands to find one that is best suited to your needs.
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Generally made of carbon steel or stainless steel, razor blades are durable and will typically last between 3-5 shaves and should be properly disposed after each use, either in a blade bank, or another secure place.
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Formulated with care and available for a range of specific skin types, today's men's skin care options require that a man be knowledgeable about his own individual skin type. The best results rely on a man's familiarity with his skin type and its particular strengths and needs.
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A man's skin type can be normal, dry, oily or a combination of these characteristics. Some men also face the challenge of sensitive skin, whatever the underlying type. Educate yourself about the various skin types and recommended treatments and care regimens by consulting the information below in order to choose the best skin care products for yourself.
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Knowing your hair type will make all the difference when shopping for grooming products. Learn your hair type and choose products to complement your hair type. This ensures hair is given proper nutrients to stay healthy and can will easier to manage and style.
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Types of Hair Brushes
To keep hair tamed and healthy, a proper brush will make all the difference. Choose from soft or stiff bristles typically available with boar bristles, nylon bristles, wood bristles, or a combination of some of the three.
Read More: How to Find Your Perfect Hairbrush
If you prefer using a comb, there are several great options to help keep hair healthy and in place. Available in metal, horn, wood, or plastic combs can be used on the head or for facial hair and come in a number of sizes.
Read More: Choosing the Right Comb
Wallets, bags, and novelty leather items make timeless accessories. To ensure they last a lifetime, it’s important they be properly maintained. Cleaning, conditioning, and storing are key in increasing the longevity of leather items.
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An understanding of the different types of leather will help you choose the best type for your lifestyle. Bridle leather is good for those who prefer a firm texture while full-grain is suited for those looking for something more luxurious and unique.
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PENS & WRITING TOOLS
Whether for the office, home, or classroom, a quality pen will transform your writing experience. Pair your writing tool of choice with an elegant ink, case, or other writing accessory for yourself or as a gift. Fountain pens are also great if you’re looking to renew a love of writing.
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