Using a straight razor is a step towards treating oneself to a fancy lifestyle. As lavish as it seems, precisely using a straight razor is a tricky art to pull off. With the advent of safety razor, sadly our good old cut-throats became outdated. However, cut throat razors are widely used at salons and individually by men who aim for closer shaves. You can also check out our straight razor review if you’ve been looking for one and before you start off with your new razor, you must know how to work with it. I’ve mentioned below quite a few specifications and prerequisites that might help you effortlessly trim that stubble off.
How to Use a Straight Razor Like a Pro!
Stropping the Razor
Before you start shaving, a little grooming of your razor would be perfect. Dull blades are annoying, believe me… and therefore, stropping. This eliminates any sorts of cuts or bruises that follow after using straight razors. When you start out with using a straight razor, you’re going to have to be specific and patient. Otherwise, you will soon be bound to give up and that sort of negativity is highly unwelcome when using the “gentleman’s blade”. So, my foremost advice is to strop. You can easily learn more about it in another of our posts here. It’s easy and you’ll get a hang of it in a snap.
Now that you’ve already made your mind to use a cut throat, you must own a few things like:
- Shaving Cream– A little heads up here; use natural shaving creams and soaps because they give a more refreshing finish to your shave and they last longer than those crappy gels that come canned up. If you are a regular, then you already know that how dependable natural shaving creams are but if you need more insight, read this study here.
- Brush– Using a brush helps in lathering up your shaving cream and ensures that the thick foam is spread everywhere, which is required to give a better and smooth shave. And its feel on the skin and the scruff is amazing. So, don’t miss out on the brush.
If you’re dedicated to shaving with your new straight razor from now on, then it’s a must that you follow the pre-shave routine. Remember, you’ll be shaving for the first time so, it is important that you wash your face with warm water a lot of times. This opens up the pores of your skin and softens the hair helping you neatly shear off the scruff.
Using the Straight Razor
- Using your all-natural shaving cream, lather up your beard. The best part about this is the brush. Like we already mentioned above that the brush enhances your shaving experience, there’s nothing like the way its bristles foam up the cream and lightly stroke against the face.
- Pro tip: While we’re using a straight razor, the lather should not dry up.
- Gentlemen, Now it’s time to man up and hold your razors correctly. Holding the razor in the right way indicates how skilled you are with your blade. If you follow the image below, you can easily gain a command over your razor.
- Coming on to the shaving part, the major part. Let’s start with the shaving stroke. I would advise you to hold your blade at a 30 degrees angle to the skin starting with the right side.
- You should always remember to shave in the direction of the grain. Doing otherwise might cause you unwanted nicks which are awfully painful later. Let’s be vigilant about the direction and not get distracted by the sharpness of the blade.
- I’ll tell you the best trick ever; start by holding the blade against your cheek and tilting your neck just about the required angle (30 degrees).
- Just with gentle strokes, start shaving and apply very little pressure while doing the right cheek. Once you’re done with it, pull the skin upwards halfway through the cheek and aim below the jaw.
- Jaw is a sensitive part to stroke with a blade, so watch out for any cuts and wrong angles. Your right side is completely done and next up, shave the chin and below.
- Moving on to the left cheek, use your left hand only if you’re very confident. I’ve seen people switching hands, but I don’t really trust the efficiency of my left hand and when it comes to blades, NEVER. So, use your right hand, it’ll be easier.
- Go about the left cheek in the same way you did your right. Pull the skin upward to tighten it and moving down the cheek, stroke lightly with your blade.
- As soon as you have cleaned both sides of your face, shave the upper lip. While doing this, shave downwards. You must take care of your skin and its sensitivity to certain products. (This scientific approach to shaving might help you sort a few things out about skin types and aftereffects.)
- Right below the lower lip, a few whiskers can be looked after too. Just stretch your lower lip upwards and trim the hair downwards.
- That is about it. Check for any extras and you’re almost done.
Post Shave Routine
The post shave regime is a very common activity that must be followed. You should always rinse your face with cool water and apply a strong-smelling aftershave. Check for any cuts and use anti-septic creams. You’re good to go.