How to Shave With a Straight Razor
Some men prefer a straight razor because of the close shave that lasts longer than using a traditional razor. Men also like the fact that the razor is more durable and more cost effective over time. Since the razor can be sharpened as needed, you end up with a fresh close shave each time you use the razor.
To shave with a straight razor, you will need
- Straight razor
- Shaving cream
- Razor sharpening tool
- Hot towel
- Wash your face normally with soap and water. This helps make the beard and mustache hairs softer and more pliable when shaving. It also helps remove any dead skin cells off the skin, promoting an easier shave.
- Using a hot towel on your face. If you choose to skip washing your face, its best to apply a hot towel to your face. This makes not only the hairs pliable, but the skin pliable also. It also helps open the pores. Make sure you do not heat the towel too much or you can risk burning yourself.
- Applying the shaving cream. You have your choice of shaving gels or shaving soaps. You are free to use what works best for your skin and hair. Make sure to use a thin even layer. Using too much causes the razor to skip areas.
- The right angle on the razor. It’s finally time to shave with your straight razor. You will want to hold the razor at a 20-30 degree angle on your skin. Make sure that on the first pass over the hair you are going with the grain of your beard. Depending on how smooth you desire your shave to be, you may have to make 1-3 passes. On the final pass across your skin, you will want to go against the grain, but take caution and use only water on your face.
- Rinse your face with cold water. Cold water will close the pores so surface dirt and oils are trapped outside of the pores.