4 Tips for Shaving with a Straight Razor


Most people don't shave with a straight razor at home for a variety of reasons: they're afraid to cut themselves, they think it's time consuming, they don't have the patience for it, or they simply never learned how.

Owner Nick shows you how to use a straight razor, with some close shots of his technique so that you can see the angles he uses to achieve the perfect shave.

4 Tips for Shaving with a Straight Razor

 

1. Go Slow! Speed will come with practice. Shaving with a straight razor gives you more control over how the blade interacts with your beard. With a straight razor, you can really get into all those nooks and crannies of your face. Of course, that also means that you can cut yourself more easily if you're not careful.

2. Find the right angle. Depending on how much growth you have, you may need to try a more (or less) aggressive angle.

The blade won't tug your skin the way a cartridge blade will because the blade is sharp. It should cut through the hair like a hot knife through butter. If your straight razor is tugging, it may be time to replace the blade.

3. Always go with the grain first, then against the grain. In the first pass, the goal is to shave as much hair as possible. While you can still obtain a close shave this way, it's best to do a second pass to achieve a buttery-smooth face (lots of butter in this post).

4. Shave laterally. Holding the blade vertically along your jaw line and chin will help avoid cuts while still achieving a close shave. It also gives you more control to navigate the problem areas.


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