Most men love using straight razors for a couple of reasons. First, it simplifies the shaving process, the experience being very comfortable and easy, once you get the technique right. Secondly, there are different types of straight razors on the market. Depending on your preferences and the amount of money you are willing to spend, there is a range of options. Below you can find a simple, 7 step guide to help you get the fundamentals right when shaving with a straight razor.
Prepare your beard. You can do this either by taking a hot shower, or holding a hot towel alongside your face. In any case, if you opt for a hot towel, soak it in fairly hot water before holding it against your face firmly until it becomes cold. For better results, apply it twice.
Squeeze out any excess water from the brush, and dump water that you used when soaking the brush. Make lather in a bowl and use the brush to cover your face as well as possible. You may wish to wet your face before lathering it up. Use a brush when applying cream or soap to hairy areas while swirling until it becomes thick with stiff peaks.
Use a paintbrush motion to apply lather on your face. Wipe extra lather off using a hot towel at the same time removing oil from skin follicles to enable moisture to penetrate into your skin. Use painting strokes to finish lathering and cover your face using a thick layer. Wait for about 5 minutes until the soap has fully dried. It is advisable to shave using a thick lather since it gives you that prefect clean shave.
Stretch your skin when shaving. Pull the area that you intend to apply the straight razor on when shaving until it becomes tight. Make sure you use a 30° angle when shaving to prevent the straight razor from cutting your skin. Never use pressure as it may cut your skin. You should shave without applying an excessive force.
Ensure you will make at least 3 passes for that optimal smoothness. You can also save on time at the expense of smoothness by doing a single-pass shave before skipping the last two passes. Remember on each pass; make short strokes before finishing off with longer strokes. Make first pass with grain, which means that you should shave in the hair growth direction. You can repeat the same process for the second and third pass for maximum smoothness.
Use cold water to rinse remaining lather off your face. Cold water will close the skin pores. Dry the razor before stropping the razor with leather strop.
In conclusion, a straight razor provides the best option for shaving for several reasons. It makes the shaving process more of a ritual and way simpler when you get the fundamentals right and it also gives you a smoother shave. Indeed, the straight razor is the ultimate test for a close and smooth shave.
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