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HOW TO USE A STRAIGHT RAZOR

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The straight razor, also known as an open or cut-throat razor, is the ultimate tool in the distinguished male’s grooming kit.

Many men fear it, thinking only a barber can control such a sharp edge, however with a bit of time and patience, you too can master the craft and tame the mane.

BENEFITS OF STRAIGHT RAZOR SHAVING 

This testosterone inducing past time has been integral to man’s evolution ever since cavemen began to pluck their facial hair using seashells.

Shaving with a straight razor will separate you from the masses. Your significant other will look at you in a different way, transfixed with your bottom like skin and in awe of your follicle-chopping prowess.

As well as inducing a sense of manliness and steady release of testosterone, the straight razor promises

  • The closest shave and smoothest skin available
  • Less rash, ingrown hairs, and itchiness
  • Reduction in costs – no need to replace the blade!
  • Relaxing and invigorating like a fine wine.

SHAVING PRODUCTS YOU’LL NEED

Straight razor + shaving brush + traditional shaving soap + aftershave + shaving bowl + leather strop

SHAVING WITH A STRAIGHT RAZOR

Step (1) Prepare the face

  • Apply a hot towel to the face, hold for a few seconds.

Step (2) Build the lather

  • Wet your brush under running hot water for at least a minute. Make sure the bristles have soaked up the water
  • Lather up the soap using circular motions for about 25 seconds until you reach a thick, warm lather
  • Apply the warm lather with a shaving brush evenly across the face in circular motions, increasing the thickness and softening your whiskers. 

Step (3) Holding the razor 

  • Place middle and index finger on the back of the blade
  • Thumb goes on the side of the blade next to the center
  • Hook your ring finger over the tang.

Step (4) The first pass

  • Hold the blade at a 30-degree angle
  • Ensure the skin is taught by using your other hand to stretch
  • Move the blade in the direction of your beard growth, using even strokes with little pressure
  • Don’t shave against the grain otherwise, you will get nicks and cuts.

Step (5) Repeat passes

  • Add a touch more hot water to provide re-lathering for second or third passes
  • Repeat Step 4

If you have any questions or need some man-to-man advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch info@groommanifest.com

 

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