Tired of in-grown hairs? Sick of razor burn? Fed up with the outrageous price of the flashlight powered 5 blade moster razors? Well guess what? Everything we need to know about shaving has been known for 100 years.
So what is this shaving secret? It's simply using a badger brush, good quality creams/soaps, and a double edge safety razor, otherwise known as traditional wet shaving. Not only does wet shaving result in a better shave, it's healthier for your skin, it's economical, it's environmentally better, and it's fun!
What You need
1. Brush - True, there are a variety of brushless shaving creams, but to use some the best of the most traditional, you'll need a nice badger brush. Besides, it just feels great. The best value brush right now is the Crabtree & Evelyn Best Badger Brush
2. Soap/Cream - The soap or cream you choose is a very personal choice. Most people new to wet shaving choice creams as there are easier to lather. There are hundreds with many different scents. A good starting point is Proraso. From there you can venture into more expensive options like Trumper's Almond cream or Tabac soap.
3. Razor - Most men that find wet shaving beneficial migrate towards the double edge safety razor. There are many varieties, both old and new, but the most popular is the Merkur Heavy Duty DE razor. You may also venture into straight razor shaving. It's (surprise!) gaining a lot of interest and BadgerandBlade.com has a section devoted entirely to straight shaving!
4. Blades - Blade choice is surprisinly personal. Try a double edge blade sampler pack from WestCoastShaving.com. You'll get a variety of the most popular brands and can find the one that works best for you.
5. Aftershave - There are a variety of aftershaves out there, from something simple like a hydrosol, to drugstore aftershaves like Nivea for Men Sensitive After Shave Balm, and more traditional balms and splashes (Musgo Real splash, Trumper's Skin Food.
A Quick How-To
1. Prep Your Beard. One of the keys to any proper shave, regardless of the tools, is good preparation. There are a number of methods, but the key is to sufficiently hydrate the beard. Wet hair equals weaker hair, which means it’s easier to cut and results in less pulling and irritation. One of the easiest methods is to shave right after your shower giving your beard a few minutes to absorb the water.
2. Create and Apply The Lather. The easiest method to creating lather is to place an almond sized dollop of cream in a bowl. Take your pre-wetted brush and swirl the cream in the bowl until you get thick meringue-like lather. Use the brush to apply the lather to your wetted face using a swirling or painting motion depending on your preference.
3. Shaving the Beard. Cartridge razors are designed to remove as much hair as possible at once. This leads to a very quick shave, but also a poor one. A double edge razor is the normal razor of choice for the wet shaver, primarily due to the quality of the shave and ease of use. With a double edge razor, gradual beard reduction is the key, and typically results in 3 passes. Sure, this may take a bit longer, but the results are worth it. The key to mastering the DE razor is to use very light strokes at the proper angle. It will take a little experimenting to get it right, but anyone can learn to use one.
4. Post-Shave. Now that you have a smooth face, it’s beneficial to follow-up with an aftershave. This helps reduce any irritation that may have resulted, especially in the early stages of learning, and protects the skin during the day. Properly hydrated skin is healthier and looks better.
Want more information? Head straight over to BadgerandBlade.com, the world's largest online community devoted to wet shaving and men's grooming.