There is an art to every craft, and shaving with a classic Safety Razor is no different. We're going to show you the right way to do a traditional shave with a Double Edge Razor.
What is a Safety Razor?
The Safety Razor was the first home shaving tool. Before that, it was normal to visit your local barber for a shave as it was considered too dangerous to attempt to try and shave at home. Weird, huh?
The Safety Razor, or Double Edge Razor (name derived from the fact the razor uses a blade with two sharp edges, or, a "double edge razor blade"), began it's life at the beginning of the 20th century.
Since then, the art of shaving has been passed down by men from generation to generation, in the same way a Father would teach his Son how to iron a shirt or brush his teeth, knowing how to do a proper traditional shave was essential.
The Safety Razor in its purest form is a shaving razor with one single blade, the same single blade that your barber uses to get you the best, closest and most comfortable shave possible.
So why don't I see Safety Razors in the shops?
If Classic Razors are so much better than disposables and cartridge razors, why don't we see them in the supermarkets? Why don't they have anchor pivot engineered rotation balls, aloe vera strips, five blade heads and supercalifragilistic transformer adverts?
Well, it's really quite simple - price.
A double edge razor blade can cost as little as 5p compared with the average cartridge price of £2.00. There's simply no markup for the single blade whereas cartridge razors are big, BIG business.
A sad indictment of consumerism, clever marketing and globalisation has helped drive people towards the world of disposables and cartridges.
What are the benefits of using a Safety Razor?
Shaving today is quick and easy, but can be a bit hairy. We're all too accustomed to skin irritation, ingrown hair and the general discomfort of the what is now a chore of shaving.
Modern multi-blade face chewing throwaways speed up the process of shaving each morning. People are short on time in the mornings these days, and so we seem to have sacrificed the importance of spending time taking good care of ourselves, and our facial skin.
But we're increasingly realising the importance of taking good care of ourselves and our health. People are beginning to say 'NO!' to skin irritation, ingrown hairs, razor bump, razor burn and skin redness. Because of this, the male ritual of proper shaving has made a huge comeback in recent years and is continuing to grow.
Whilst a little tricky to learn at first, traditional shaving has some HUGE benefits, including:
Minimises razor bumps, ingrown hairs and skin irritation
More economical (double edge razor blades can cost as little as just 10p) and are easily available to buy at various online retailers
More environmentally friendly - keeping expensive, disposable plastic cartridge razors out of landfill. Single blades are made using stainless steel and are 100% recyclable
A closer shave - five blade cartridges are completely unnecessary and have no proven scientific benefit. A single blade is more effective and is still used today by professional barbers and hairdressers almost everywhere
Improved self esteem - starting each morning with a clean, close and comfortable shave can leave you feeling fantastic and get your day off to a better start
So, how do I use a Safety Razor?
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It may look a little daunting and tricky to begin with, but a trad