Wet Shaving Supplies: What Do You Need?
Wet shaving has made a dramatic comeback in the last decade; men around the world are beginning to take skincare more seriously and take more pride in their appearance and the way they feel.
Modern men are trading in their plastic, polluting disposable and cartridges for the luxury self-care of wet shaving. OK, so a proper shave takes longer, but your skin deserves better! A closer shave and less skin irritation and burns mean the smarter Men of the world are taking the lead in a new era of morning rituals.
If you’re interested in the benefits of a wet shave, take a look at our first ever blog post from June 2017 on 5 Reasons Why Wet Shaving is Better.
Creatures of habit, we often stick to what we're used to, even if there a far better way of doing things. That's because we're afraid they may be too hard or too complicated. Believe it or not, the wet shaving process is fairly straight forward!
So, how do I try Wet Shaving?
We're going to try and reduce the concept of the wet shave to a simplified four-step process.
Of course, there can be plenty more to anything and wet shaving is no different. It's a true art, a skill and craft that you can master and constantly improve on through your technique, choice of soap, razor and blades.
So, we'll glide over some of the more granular details and shave off some of your time! Let's get started...
You begin by wetting your skin with a few splashes of water, making your skin nice and soft.
TOP TIP: TRY SHAVING AFTER A HOT SHOWER FOR EVEN SOFTER SKIN
Add on shaving soap or cream to help raise the hairs on your skin. We recommend using natural, handmade soaps. Supermarket shaving soaps, gels and foams are mass produced and contain harsh detergents that are bad for your skin, particularly those with sensitive skin.
Why not try one of our 100% natural and handmade in the UK shaving soaps here (opens new window).
It's important to get a good spread of soap before shaving. Your best bet is using a shaving brush! Shaving brushes come in all shapes and sizes, with animal hair and synthetic hairs. Animal hairs are however often sourced using controversial methods and some skin types can often react badly. We would always recommend a synthetic shaving brush for a smoother more skin friendly spread.
Right, are you all lathered up? Or would you Lather add another layer? OK, we'll stop with the shaving puns.
OK OK. So, Step 3!
So this is where you'll need a Safety Razor. A good Safety Razor will be designed such that it's ergonomic weighting and handle shape and size will allow you to gradually glide the blade across your skin whilst exposing the correct surface area of the fitted blade.
TOP TIP: CHOOSING THE RIGHT BLADE WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
Our Safety Razors are designed and handmade in the UK to bring you masterful craftsmanship and ergonomic intelligence. We believe our Safety Razors truly are the best Safety Razors in the world. Check out our range here.
Once you're done shaving, you may want to repeat the process to spend the day extra smooth!
Otherwise, finish with a splash of water and a hint of aftershave, and you’ll be fresh and ready for your day!
How do I assemble the Safety Razor?
We thought the easiest way to show you how to fit your blade and assemble your Safety Razor would be to create a short video for you to show you exactly how it's done.
Just click play and enjoy!
Safety, Cartridge, or Straight Razor
Straight Razor or Safety Razor?
Well firstly we're glad you've recognised that cartridges and disposables are dreadful for your skin. And that you deserve much, MUCH better!
You can wet shave with both a Straight Razor and Safety Razor. Picking a Razor type will help you determine all the remaining supplies that you will need for your wet shaving portfolio.
So, should I use a straight razor or a Safety Razor?
A Safety Razor is a great option for someone who is just starting with wet shaving, or someone who has been wet shaving for a while.
So you've thrown away your disposables, put your electric shaving grinder in the loft and decided that you want to fall in love with a close, smooth shave.
TOP TIP: STRAIGHT RAZORS WILL OFFER YOU THE CLOSEST SHAVE POSSIBLE BUT WILL TAKE A LOT OF SKILL MASTER. WE WOULD RECOMMEND USING A SAFETY RAZOR.
Safety Razors consist of two main parts. These are:
The Safety Razor Head: This houses the replaceable, double edge razor blade.
The handle: The handle should fit comfortably in your hand. The weight of the Razor handle is important and may effect the consistency of your shave.
One additional benefit of the Safety Razor, outside of its much improved and smoother shave is its versatility. The mechanism allows you to take total control of your morning ritual and change out different kinds of razor blades until you find one the razor blade that works best for your skin type and facial hair. This versatility contributes to you fine tuning your morning shave over time until you hit that sweet spot.
Straight Razors added another dimension of versatility to the package. Straight Razor shaving uses the same tools and the same expertise as your barber. It's no easy work and it's often left to the Professionals.
This is old school shaving with a single, extremely sharp exposed blade. You will need to sharpen your blade with a strop and hone it every now and then, but the good news is that you will only need one.
Soap or Shaving Foam?
First things first, forget about those canned gels and foams. No, we really mean it and can't express how important this is.