Now that you have been shaving successfully with your safety razor, it’s time for you to try something adventurous and luxurious and shave with a straight razor, which is also a step in manhood. But you should know that if a straight razor is new to you, then this adventurous experience can turn into a torture for you in no time. However, you can give yourself this experience if you are patient enough to learn the process. So having a good knowledge of how to use a straight razor before your first experience is very essential.
Tips About How To Use a Straight Razor:-
To get started shaving with a straight razor what you will need is:-
• A straight razor- get one that gives you a clean cut and has the right balance.
• A shaving brush- any regular shaving brush will do, it is better than your hands.
• A traditional shaving cream or soap.
• Aftershave balm to soothe your face.
• A mug to keep rinsing the hair off from the razor.
Before you begin you need to keep one thing in your mind that using a straight razor takes more time than an electric one.
• Strop; prepare the blade before shaving even a brand new blade needs to be stropped well before using it.
• Hydrate your face, wet a towel with hot water, bring it out and hold it on your face.
• Apply pre-shave oil containing natural oils such as coconut, olive or sunflower. These oils help soften your beard.
• Take some hot water in your shaving bowl or your mug. Soak your shaving brush in the mug for a minute or two.
• Place a small amount of shaving cream on the brush and apply it in a circular motion.
• Now time to get rid of that beard, pick up your razor and place the first three fingers on the back of the blade and place your thumb under the blade on the shank. This grip gives a nice control of the razor.
• Now begin with slow even strokes and shave in the direction of your beard growth.
• Hold the blade at 45° angle apply very little pressure when you shave , let the weight of the razor do the work, start off by shaving the right side of your face, reach for your head with your left hand and draw the skin upward with your fingers thus making a smooth shave surface, shave downwards until you clear about half of the right side cheek, slide the left hand down further until the fingers rest in the middle of the cheek, pull the skin upward and continue shaving downward until you shave entire right side of the face.
• After shaving the right cheek, move to the right side of your jaw, tilt your head back and to the left, exposing the skin under the right side of your jaw, with the fingers of your left hand draw the skin tightly under the jaw, shave downward with the growth of your beard.
• For above the lips, draw the upper lip down as much as possible to tighten the skin, shave downwards.
• For your chin, draw your lower lip up as much as possible this will pull the skin tight, making it easier to shave the underneath your lip and your chin.
• Under the chin, draw your head back and elevate the chin with your left hand, draw the skin downwards, take extra care as you shave because the skin under the neck is much more sensitive.
• Repeat the same precision and procedures while shaving the right side of the face.
• Now rinse your face with cold water and apply aftershave balm. You will feel even smoother than before.
• Dry the razor with a soft cloth, it’s important to remove all the moisture so the blade does not rust. It is also good practice to apply a little bit of machine oil to help prevent the blade from rusting.
Straight razor shaving is a classic shaving technique that can give you an extremely clean, close shave.
Now that you know how to use a straight razor, it’s time for you to try it and take the next step in manhood.