5 Steps to A Great Safety Razor Shave
Before beginning the shaving process, use a wash cloth or something similar, with soap to wash the areas you will shave. Your hands aren’t enough – the combo of soap and wash cloth are needed. Gently scrub both with and against the grain of whisker growth. Don’t forget your neck. Either use pre-shave oil or keep your whiskers wet with warm water until you begin shaving. Pre-shave oil is a big help if you have thick, course whiskers. Use a few drops to thoroughly rub into whiskers.
Now it’s time to whip up the lather. Put about a tablespoon of hot water in the soap. (Don’t over-do the water, you can always add more) Use your shaving brush with some pressure in quick circular motions in the soap. Add small amounts of water as needed. This will take about 30 seconds once you get the hang of it. You’ll know that you need to use less water if this process is getting water and soap all over your arms and torso. A great consistency will be comparable to Cool-Whip.
Now it’s time to shave. Part of skill set development is learning to hold the razor at the correct angle. You find this by paying attention to the best angle to remove whiskers. REMEMBER, use a very light touch. Shaving occurs by the razor moving across the whiskers at the best angle. Pressure doesn’t help and will lead to nicks and shaving irritation. You may have been using a cartridge razor that pivots. If so, remember that you have to change the angle as you go around curves. Try to avoid overlap on the strokes, meaning that you want to razor to pass over your skin the least amount of times needed to get a good shave.
In classic shaving, you’ll normally need to do more than one pass. A pass refers to lathering your face and shaving off the lather. The goal is to shorten the whiskers with each pass. Go with the grain on the first pass and across the grain on the second pass. Use a wet wash cloth to wipe off the soap after your second pass. If you require a third pass, this would typically go against the grain. If you feel that a third pass is not required, then do any necessary touchups and move to the final step.
Once you finish shaving, rinse your face with water making sure that you remove ALL of the soap. Apply aftershave balm or a quality moisturizing lotion and you are good to go. Congratulations!
NOTE: The goal is NOT to have your face silky smooth, sometimes called the baby butt shave. Shaving this close opens the door for nicks and irritation. Many men suffer shaving irritation on their part of their neck. If you fall in this category, focus on having the razor pass over the trouble zone the least amount possible. Our founder’s trouble zone is at the lowest part of his neck. The blade passes over this area one time. You may need more in the beginning, though give special care to this area. Don’t shave against the grain in your trouble zone.
NOTE: From time to time you may nick yourself, especially while building classic shaving skills. Your starter kit has a styptic pack, which looks like a book of matches. Remove one of the ‘matches’ from the book and wet it. Rub over the nick in the direction that the blade was going when the nick occurred. Do this AS SOON AS you see any blood (DON’T WAIT). Most nicks will be as if they never happened if you use styptic as soon as there is any blood.