All the shaving questions men have but are afraid to ask

Traditional shaving is making a comeback. Unsplash/Christoffer Engström

Some say traditional shaving, also known as wet shaving, is a lost art. Everyone is in a rush these days, so shaving with a single-edged razor is a thing of the past. It takes longer than shaving with an electric razor, and there’s a learning curve.

I asked Kirk Riley, head barber at the popular and classic-inspired Otis & Finn barbershop in Long Island City, about his take on shaving.

Is classic old-fashioned shaving a lost art?

No way. In fact, we’ve seen an upsurge in demand for hot towel straight razors in our store. Men are realizing that even though these shaves may sometimes seem like a luxury item, they are really more of a necessity. Getting a good shave not only makes you feel good and look good, it’s good for your skin too. Shaving properly gives you a close shave and exfoliates your skin. If you’re shaving at a barbershop rather than at home, do some research to make sure you have a barber who has plenty of shaving experience. Improper shaving can cause breakouts – nobody wants that.

Is there a return to the return to classic shaving? For example, using double-edged safety razors, shaving soaps, barber brushes and aftershave lotions.

Yes Fortunately. The disposable razor mail order system has had its day in recent years, but more and more men seem to be getting rid of their disposable razors. In many cases, disposable razors just aren’t as sharp or as cool as the razors you’d put in a home safety razor. The biggest problem is that people try to use disposable razors multiple times in order to get value for money, but using a dull razor on the face is not good for the skin. When our customers come in for a shave, they leave understanding why every step of the classic shave is important to the process. This includes using a nice brush (our barbers usually use silver tipped badger brushes) to build up the lather and apply it to the face, which helps lift the facial hair so the shave is smoother. close to that which you would get by simply applying shaving lotion from a tin to your face with your hand. Plus, the brush helps exfoliate the skin and scrape off dead, dry skin.

When and why did classic shaving with a single or double edge safety razor stop?

The popularity of the double-edged safety razor declined when battery-operated electric razors came on the market in the 1950s and 1960s and continued when disposable razors became popular in the 1970s. I think that was all part of of a broader cultural change when people started to care a little less about quality. As a society, we started wanting things fast and cheap. Today, men are realizing that the convenience of a quick two-minute shave with cheap canned foam and a plastic disposable razor doesn’t quite justify the loss in quality you feel with a proper shave of the traditional way.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the classic wet shave?

The benefits are a close shave, smooth skin, facial exfoliation, a relaxing experience and a feeling of well-being afterwards. You might say a downside would be that you’re going to spend a few more minutes shaving with a regular wet shave, but getting it right takes a bit of time and effort. Even then, there’s something therapeutic about the shaving process, so even that’s not much of a downside.

How does shaving compare to electric shavers?

There really is no comparison. Electric razors are simply not going to get close to the skin, no matter how good the electric razor is. That’s not to say there aren’t good electric shavers, there certainly are. But nothing will be as close as a straight razor shave. Also, according to the man, with a straight razor you might be able to get by without shaving every day, but with an electric razor you usually have to shave every day, no matter who you are.

Does it give a better shave?

The best shave you will get is from your barber who will have all the professional equipment, lighting, tools and know-how to shave you close, remove every little hair and leave your skin with the right products. to avoid shaving. burn and keep you hydrated. Your second best option is to shave at home with a safety razor, using a brush and foam. This will give you a closer shave and help exfoliate the skin. I would say that electric shavers are only useful when you miss your wake up call in the morning.

Is it cheaper?

Using a safety razor is cheaper than using disposable razors. Besides the small investment you have in the safety razor itself, you can buy 100 double edge safety razor blades for around $10 on Amazon. When you compare that to the cost of disposables, I think the safety razor is far cheaper.

Where can I find safety razors?

You can buy them anywhere from Amazon to Walgreens. It’s really a matter of quality that you’re looking for, but even good safety razors don’t have to be expensive. When you start looking at straight razors, that’s where you can spend a lot of money.

Are there different types of blades?

There are single-edged and double-edged blades, depending on whether your razor is a single or double-edged razor. There are a variety of brands of blades. Astra and Feather blades are two of the most popular brands.

What about brush, soap and cream?

Finding a good brush is important. Most of our barbers prefer a silvertip badger hair brush, which is the best in the market because the silvertip bristles are fine, hold a lot of the water to help create a good lather, and is gentle on the skin. These can be quite expensive, but they’re worth the investment if you’re up for it. Otherwise, there are also boar bristle brushes and synthetic brushes.

Finding a good lather is important, but like everything else, it depends on what works best with your skin. I would say shop around and try a few until you find one that lathers really well and doesn’t leave a residue on your skin. However, don’t use anything from an already soaped can.

What if you have a mustache or a beard?

If you have a mustache or beard, you may want to trim it before shaving with a razor. Otherwise, you need to make sure your skin is incredibly damp before you start shaving. You may want to use a few new blades throughout the process depending on how thick you have let it grow. Even the best blades will dull quickly against very thick hair.

Say goodbye to Razor Burn and shave like a class act


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