5 Tips For The New Wet Shaver
5 Tips for the New Wet Shaver
(or how the hell do I even use that thing?)
You took the plunge, you bought or inherited one of the scary looking single blade razors with the blade looking half exposed and ready to tear up your precious face. Fear not, we’ve got a few tips for you to get you headed down the right path to wet shaving glory.
Proper Preparation Prevents… Piss Poor Shaving.
But, seriously though - Wet shaving isn’t some magical art, it’s just kind of a forgotten art. You’re gonna prep the same way you should have been preparing for using the blue handled lady razor you’ve been using. Hot and Wet… always good, am i right? Ideally, you want to shave, just after showering, a damp warm towel for a few minutes and a good cleaning with a mild soap or cleanser will get the job done, but you’re going to get the best results after a full shower. Pores will be opened up, and clean, and your follicles will be relaxed, and ready to have the hairs sliced from their grip. This is prime shaving time. Aside from that pre-shave oils and the like are a personal preference. If you want to use it, go ahead, it’ll add to the slickness.
Stop, Lather Time.
Canned foam is cool, if you’re 5 and your dad just gave you your first razor without a blade in it to join in. Gents - a large portion of whats in that can has nothing to do with shaving, and everything to do with getting the stuff to come out of the can, and then turn into “cream” its mostly propellants and preservatives. Twinkies are also mostly preservatives. You might be able to shave with the cream filling, but would you want to? Get yourself a solid soap or legit shaving cream, and learn how to work that brush. Face or bowl lathering is again personal preference, figure out which one you like, and do that. This is you time. This is your excuse to turn I’ll be ready in 5 minutes - into 20 minutes of peace and quiet in the bathroom alone when you need it.
Read the Map, this aint the truckster.
Mens facial hair grows in different directions, my own neck and chin hair grows from right to left. Map your face, draw a picture with arrows. BUT, until you’ve got the feel for the razor, and the blade doing most of the work, SHAVE WITH THE GRAIN. Can’t stress that enough. Those 5 blade behemoths almost require you to mash the cartridge into your face to get it to cut. Because they were designed for finer leg hair, not the tree trunk diameter (comparably) hairs most of us have growing out of our faces. If you do that with a safety razor, you’re going to bleed. You’re gonna bleed a lot. Take it slow, go with the grain, and get a feel for the blade. Looking only half shaved? Lather up again, and make another “pass” Make several passes. Note that this is way better than what you were doing with that 5 blade thing and recycle it.
Shave softly and carry a big stick.
As mentioned above, with a safety razor the blade is doing the work, you are simply guiding the samurai sword around. Going with the grain - if you can feel the blade getting grabby, or pulling, you’re using too much pressure. Back it off, and let the blade just glide over the skin. Gentle touch, like a stainless steel lover. Get a feel for blade angle, you’ll find with the right angle that the hair is coming right off, with the same amount of no pressure applied. Get that into muscle memory, and you’ll be nearly ready to go against the grain in no time. For when you invariably push to hard, keep a styptic handy. It’ll shut down a weeper quick as can be.
Don’t go in dry.
You’re used to the funky residue that canned crap left on your face, and it was still a terrible idea when you were using that stuff. Don’t make a second run over a now dry / non-lathered portion of your face. Missed a spot? Lather up again. Wait til the second pass. Whatever. Don’t go back over a spot you’ve already shaved without adding more lather. That’s the fast track to razor burn city, and that city sucks. Upper lip, neck line, places like that. Don’t do it.
Gent’s these are just a few basic tips, definitely just the beginning, but don’t be scared. This stuff is cake, your grandpa did it, and he was a bad ass. You can do it too. A lot is personal preference, and the way you’re comfortable doing it, may not be the popular way, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong, especially if it makes the experience more enjoyable for you.
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