1. Gather your supplies:
You will need a safety razor, blades, shaving cream or shaving soap, a shaving brush (optional), a shaving bowl (optional), and a shaving towel (optional).
2. Prepare your skin:
Wash your face with warm water to soften the hair and open the pores.
3. Prepare the lather:
Apply shaving cream or shaving soap to your face using a good shaving brush to create a rich, creamy lather for the razor.
4. Load the blade:
Unscrew the razor handle and insert a blade into the head of the razor. Screw the handle back onto the razor.
Hold the razor at a preferable angle (making sure that you are allowing the cap to ride on your face), and use gentle strokes in the direction of the hair growth without applying too much pressure. Let the weight of the razor do the work, and rinse frequently.
Don’t forget to put shaving cream/soap every time you shave to prevent damaging the skin. Repeat this process at least 2-3 times in different hair growth directions to achieve the best results.
6. Rinse and dry:
Once you have finished shaving, rinse your face with cool water to close the pores. Pat your face dry with a towel. After drying your face apply aftershave to achieve smooth skin.
7. Care for your razor:
Rinse the razor thoroughly and dry it off after each use so that your blade doesn’t oxidate. Replace the blade when it becomes dull or after 2-5 shaves, depending on your shaving routine.
Remember, the art of shaving with a safety razor takes practice and patience. Be sure to follow these tips and techniques for a closer, smoother, and more enjoyable shaving experience. With time, you’ll become a pro at using your safety razor and wonder how you ever shaved any other way!