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Monday, June 18, 2012

How to Shave with a Straight Razor

Shaving with Straight Razor

Most of us have a daily shaving routine. I love learning old fashion skills so it should not come as a surprise that a few years ago, I picked up and learned straight razor shaving. This video demonstrates the art of shaving with a straight razor. In this tutorial, I show that 5 steps for getting that perfect shave
1. Heating the skin
Heating the skin is important because it makes your skin more pliable so that the razor glides across the skin and prevents unwanted nicks.
2. Preshaving or Lathering
Using a nylon or badger hair brush, you apply lathered shaving soap to your face. The preshave accomplishes multiple purposes. It hydrates the skin making the face fuller and stretches the skin. Also, it raises the whiskers up off the skin making it easier to shave. Finally, it lubricates the skin for the blade.
3. The Shave
With the straight razor, you hold it at about a 30 degree angle. Using short strokes, you slide the blade across your face. Make sure you shave in the direction of the facial hair growth. As you shave, you want to stretch the skin by pulling it, to tighten the skin for easier shaving.
4. Cooling the Skin
After your done with the shave, use cold water to cool the skin on your face. The cooling closes pores and will stop the bleeding from any nicks.
5. Conditioning the Skin
Finishing up with a good skin conditioner will hydrate the face to make your shave look it's best and leave the skin looking healthy.
Music by Kevin MacLeod (

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