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I, like many men before me, have had hair sprouting from my face on a regular basis. I have sensitive skin, and I've always had great trouble with normal cartridge razors causing me irritation, to say nothing of the environmental impact they cause. Learning how to shave with a safety razor is a really cool, manly thing, and it will result in the best, smoothest shave of your life.
This article will teach you the basics of how to shave with a safety razor, and hopefully help you avoid cutting your face all up on your first try. These razor blades are sharp, so you'll have to be careful, and remember this is only a guideline. Successful safety razor shaving will result only with a ton of practice and perseverence.
Let's take a look at what you'll need to get started with safety razor shaving.
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In order to learn how to shave with a safety razor, you'll need to have the proper gear to get started. Namely: a safety razor! You need to understand that the initial investment in this project will be steep, but it will save you money over the long run. Have you checked out the price of razor cartidges these days? Completely unreasonable! Once you have started safety razor shaving, you only need to keep stocked up on razor blades themselves, which are cheap and last much longer than cartridges if you take care of them.
The safety razor itself is like the one pictured above. It's a handle with a holder than clamps onto a simple razor blade. These blades can be single or double-sided, handle with care! You clamp the blade into the safety razor, and start shaving!
You'll also need to get some sort of lather, because you don't want to be safety razor shaving dry, it just won't work. Shaving with a safety razor requires a lot of lather, and you can get a standard bottle of shaving cream, or the preferred (and much cooler) method of getting a shaving brush and shaving soap. You use your brush and your soap in a small dish to lather up your face. This soap will last a long time, smells super manly, and leaves your face feeling clean and fresh afterwards.
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Learning how to shave with a safety razor will be a little frustrating, because they do not behave at all like a cartridge razor. With cartridges, you can apply a lot of pressure, and the blades are already angled for you. With safety razor shaving, you'll want to apply virtually no pressure at all. Let the weight of the razor do the work for you. You'll want to angle the blade at approximately 30 to 45 degrees from your face. Play around and carefully test what works for you.
Shaving with a safety razor requires you to go slowly and go with the grain of your hair. Don't worry about getting all the hair on the first go, do a round of hair removal, and then re-lather and go back and do it again. Shaving with a safety razor takes a bit more time, but the end result is far better. Consider this a practice in Zen meditation!
After you're finished with your safety razor shaving, make sure to wash your face with cold water (to close the pores) and use a nice aftershave to soothe your skin. Learning how to shave with a safety razor takes time, so the first couple of attempts you should budget a fair amount of time for this.
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Cleaning up your shaving equipment is essential to a great shaving experience, and is part of learning how to shave with a safety razor. Your razor blade will actually last a long time if you carefully clean the blade after your shave. Even a cartridge razor will last longer if you use paper towel or a rag to wipe down the blade. The shaving foam can be corrosive and harm the edge, so cleaning it helps preserve your razor.
Make sure to wash out your shaving mug and brush so they're not full of junk next time you want to shave.
That's it! You've learned the basics of how to shave with a safety razor. With a bit of practice and effort you'll feel smoother than you ever have before.