You can’t be a professional without a good shave, right? Even if you wear a mustache or beard, it must be well-kept. This especially applies to lawyers. Whether we’re in a conference or a courtroom, a scruffy face doesn’t command much respect.
Personally, I got sick of using the disposable Bic-style razors. I wanted something that didn’t hack my face to pieces. And I wanted to save money. So I went on the hunt for a better way to shave.
I used my dad’s electric razor a bit when I was younger, but it didn’t work that great. He even had the fancy Norelco kind, but it just didn’t shave very closely.
Plus I was turned off by the huge price tags on the nicer models. $80 or more is a lot of money for something that doesn’t work too well.
And then there’s maintenance. Replacing blades, changing screens, cleaning, charging. That’s a lot of work. There had to be a better solution.
Old fashioned shaving
Have you ever gone to a old-style barber shop? Did the barber shave your neck with a straight razor? It’s a bit intimidating at first, but it gives a nice shave. And it’s neat!
I looked into old fashioned shaving a bit, and I decided this was something to try. Men used it for centuries, right? It can’t be that bad. We’ve only gotten away from it in recent history. And our “improvements” aren’t that great. With all my fancy techno gadgets, a classic razor might be a nice contrast.
My old fashioned shaving kit
I didn’t go all the way and get a straight razor. That’s a bit scary still. I opted for the Merkur “Classic” safety razor. It’s imported from Germany, stainless steel, and only cost $25.99. Not bad for a tool that will likely last my whole life.
Blades for this razor are simple. They’re double-edged, stainless steel, and sharp. No more of this Super Mach Turbo Quad VII junk. Just a single blade. And you can get a 10-pack for $4.59. That’s 45 cents a piece, much cheaper than decent disposable units.
That’s all I bought at first. It was a small investment, to try this system out. I’ve enjoyed classic shaving for a few weeks, so I decided to up the ante. I’ve abandoned my Super Aloe Creamy Shaving Gel and purchased a pure badger shaving brush. This cost more than the razor itself ($39.99), but the difference in shave is astounding. I went cheap on the soap, and bought a $4.99 cake, to get a feel for what I like.
The classic shaving technique
A good shave is part tools and part technique. The above kit will get you part way there. You can even get fancier brushes, creams, and soaps. But none of that will matter if you hack away at your face like you’re used to.
Here’s what I do. You might find something else that works better.
- Thoroughly wet face with hot water.
- Hold brush under faucet, letting it absorb as much hot water as possible.
- Swirl brush on top of soap, working up a nice lather.
- Gently dab brush onto face and neck, working bristles around stubble. Do this for a couple minutes, to work the moisturizes and water into skin.
- Perform one gentle pass with razor, going from top to bottom (with the grain). Do NOT push down. Let razor’s weight do the work.
- Re-apply soap with brush, preferably right after shaving each major area.
- Perform a second gentle pass with razor, going bottom to top (against the grain). Do NOT push down.
- Rinse face, thoroughly rinse brush, rinse razor.
Was that hard? I think not. In fact, it’s kind-of fun. Plus, it takes you back to the olden days. What better way to feel like a real man!
Did I mention that you’ll get the best shave of your life? Maybe not right away, but once you get the technique down, you’ll be impressed with what a single blade can do.
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