You’ll probably never experience anything more indulgent and luxurious at a barbershop than a straight-edge razor shave. Receiving this service is what separates the men from the boys. It takes precision, skill, and nerves of steel to go along with the sharp, steel blade. If you’re squeamish and willing to splurge a little, stick with the experts. But, if you’ve got the balls, here are tricks from the trade to for a barber-approved shave.
- Shop: Purchase a quality blade. Weight is everything. The heavier the blade, the lighter the pressure you’ll need again the skin, so choose wisely.
- Preparation: Soften the skin by taking a hot shower. Apply a pre-shave oil, then a shave gel (rather than cream) to lift the follicles.
- Angle the blade at 30-degrees: Angling the blade too flat will tear the stubble and too steep will cut the skin.
- Choose a side: Start with one sideburn and make strokes that should be short and even. Slowly and steadily move inward.
- Chin & Upper Lip: Lift the razor slightly as you approach the chin, and use the middle of the blade. Again, short strokes. Then flatten the skin above one side of your lip and lift your nose. Light pressure is key in these sensitive areas.
- The Lower Lip Then Neck: The first strokes should be at the corner of your mouth, moving upward towards the corner of your chin. Head south next and stretch your neck so it’s taught. Follow the grain in your neck with short, steady strokes. Always make sure that shaving gel is replenished across the areas, if necessary.
- Moisturize: Splash entire face and neck with cold water to close pores, then patting a post-shave balm or moisturizer to skin.
- Rinse and Store: Rinse and dry your beard thoroughly and place away where moisture or steam are not present. Oil blade frequently and liberally.
Take it slow and practice like the pros. Drop us a line and let us know how you did.