Wet Shaving Will Give You The Best Shave Ever
I have to admit something. I hate shaving. But if I am going to shave, how can I get the best shave ever?
For me shaving has always been an evil necessity. If I had my druthers, I would have grown a long beard, style into a bicycle and competing on the professional bearding competition circuit.
In reality now that I have had laser hair removal on my face due to excessive ingrown hairs, my remaining whiskers are a “Santa Claus white.”
I’ve written in the past about why I hate shaving, but to remind you, here is a link below. I’m always trying to find a good shaving regiment that not only provides a nice close shave, but also helps to reduce my ingrown facial hairs.
I’ve tried disposable razors and electric razors, but for me now to get the best shave ever I am using a straight edge safety razor through the lost art of wet shaving.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t a straight edge razor what Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street used to slice the throats of his victims?” Yes, that’s true, but that’s not the type of straight edge razor I’m talking about.
The type of straight edge safety razor I use includes a very thin titanium or stainless steel blade that is placed into the closed “comb” providing a double edge razor.
To get the best shave ever, I first apply pre-shave oil. Pre-shave oil is very important to apply as this enables the straight edge safety razor to glide more easily across your skin. Place about a dime size in the palm of your hand, rub together and place the pre-shave oil on your entire face and neck. Well not your entire face, unless you want to shave your forehead and your nose.
After I wash my hands to get off the pre-shave oil, I then place a quarter size dollop of shaving cream into the palm of my hand. Now this shaving cream isn’t the type of shaving cream that you would spray out of a can. I am using shaving cream from The Art of Shaving, which for my sensitive skin doesn’t irritate my face.
I then take my badger hair shaving brush and wet it slightly and apply the tip of my badger shaving brush into the palm of my hand. With circular motions, I generate a nice foamy lather. Do not wash the shaving cream out of your hands just yet.
Then just like Picasso, I paint my face with my brush to cover my cheeks, upper lip, chin and my neck down to my Adam’s apple.
Now comes the tricky part: the shave. Placing the straight edge safety razor at about a 45 degree angle to your face, gently apply subtle pressure and start shaving from your sideburns region down to the end of your shaving cream. Complete the process for your cheeks so that you are left with a shaving cream goatee.
Gently take the straight edge safety razor under your nose for the upper lip region and then on your chin. As you shave, if you haven’t nicked yourself with the razor, then you have figured out the right angle. It took me two or three times to figure out how to correctly place the razor on my face and to not apply too much pressure.
So now your face is clean-shaven, but you’re not done yet. Quickly re-lather your face with the badger brush using the shaving cream still in the palm of your hand. Depending on how long it took you to do your first run across your face and neck, you may need a little more water to lather up the shaving cream.
Once your face is re-lathered, you are going to start on your neck and work your way up towards your sideburns. You once again will have a shaving cream goatee, but instead of shaving up on your chin and upper lip, I always shave down. It’s just a personal preference for me due to my sensitive skin.
After you have shave down and then shaved up, your face should now be smooth as a freshly washed, taught sheet on your bed. Apply your favorite after-shave lotion or cream and have your significant other give you a quick kiss on your cheek. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
So there you have it. If it works for me, it should work for you. If you want the best shave ever, you really need to pick up yourself a wet shaving kit. Your kit should consist of a straight edge safety razor, shaving brush, shaving cream and after-shave lotion.
Lastly, always make sure you shave after you have taken a hot shower. The warm water helps to loosen up your whiskers and after you get the best shave ever, you will be more kissable than ever before.