How to Shave With a Safety Razor: Like a Barber

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Start with a clean face and a pre shave cream. I recommend this proraso cream, made from green tea it has a slight cooling feel.

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Apply a thin layer of pre shave cream or oil. I recommend proraso pre shave cream or a cold pressed raw coconut oil.

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Use a soft shave brush and a mug.

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Use a cake soap or other type of shaving soap. I use colonol conks bay rum shave soap. With a splash of warm water work the soap into a foamy lather with your shave brush.

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Using your shave brush apply the lather to the face. Really take time to work the lather in and soften the whiskers. Apply against the grain or in a circular pattern.

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Use a traditional double edged safety razor and a new razor blade.

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Shaving against the direction of hair growth usually causes irritation and razor burn. Use a light touch with your razor and shave in the direction of hair growth.

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Always shave with the grain of the hair. For most people this is in a downward direction along the sideburns and cheeks. Down along the moustache and across the chin. Shave with the grain on the neck.

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Finish the shave with a splash of cool water, this closes the pores on the face. Apply an aftershave cream or lotion, I like the smell of a traditional bay rum aftershave.

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