The Art of Shaving - Tips and Tricks
"Embrace the Ceremony of Shaving, where every stroke becomes a moment of mindful precision and self-care. Experience the artistry and elegance of a straight razor, transforming your daily grooming routine into a ritual of grace and sophistication."
Begin by preparing your skin and facial hair for optimal results. The best way is to have a hot shower or cleanse your face with warm water several times to soften the hair follicles.
Next apply pre-shave oil to your face and secure a fresh blade into your Angle Razor.
2. Brush & Bowl
Next, begin by wetting your brush and vigorously rubbing it against the shaving soap bar until a rich and creamy foam forms. Afterward, ensure proper care for your soap by storing it on a dish or in a well-ventilated spot to allow it to dry thoroughly.
Fill your shaving bowl with water and gradually mix it with the foam to create a luxurious lather. For an even richer lather, sprinkle a few additional drops of water into the bowl and continue mixing until the foam reaches the desired consistency.
Now, take your brush, loaded with the decadent foam, and apply it to your face using gentle circular motions. Allow the foam to cover the entire beard area, providing a soothing exfoliation even if you don't plan on achieving a clean shave.
3. Hold your nerve
Hold the top of your head and pull the skin flat and tight, a slight tilt of the head will stretch it even further. Top tip: move your mouth to tighten the skin on your upper and lower lips.
Taking the razor in your free hand find a balanced grip. It's worth having a dry run with each hand before shaving for the first time; you want to feel in control.
4. The stroke
Begin by starting the first short shave from the bottom of your haircut or near your ear. If the process goes smoothly, repeat the same motion just below, and rinse off the removed foam and hair under the tap.
To ensure optimal results, maintain a 30° angle while shaving. This angle minimizes the risk of hair pulling and reduces the chance of accidental cuts. When your skin is properly prepared, the blade is sharp, and the angle is correct, the razor will effortlessly glide across your skin.
Let the foam act as your guide for the next shaving areas, but it's advisable to leave the neck for last. For the best results, try to follow the direction of hair growth on your neck, as this will help achieve a closer and more comfortable shave. Remember, practicing proper technique and attentiveness will ensure a superior shaving experience.
5. Cleaning up
Start by cleaning your face once again with water and soap, ensuring any stray hairs are removed before proceeding to the next pass.
After you have completed your shaving session, rinse your face with cold water. This will help to close your pores and provide a refreshing sensation. To minimize irritation, apply moisturizer using a gentle patting motion, allowing the product to be absorbed without rubbing or tugging at the skin.
Don't overlook the maintenance of your shaving tools. Rinse your Angle Razor, Brush, and Bowl under running water to remove any residual soap or foam. Afterward, gently dry them with a towel to keep them in pristine condition for your next shaving session.
How to load the blade into your Angle Razor
1. Snap the blade in two while it is still enclosed in the paper packaging.
2. Twist the handle of the razor to release the top paddle.
3. Open the paddle fully to provide enough space for the blade to fit.
4. Carefully place the single edge of the blade into the razor and close.