There’s nothing quite like the shave you get at a barber shop.  That smooth, irritation-free, close shave is the holy grail of shaving, and it’s something that most find impossible to get at home.  But it is actually quite easy to get a good shave at home.
Alright, it might not be ‘barber shop’ quality, but let’s think about this; how did you learn to shave in the first place?

For most men, it was something hastily learnt at their father’s side in the bathroom mirror after noticing the first few uncontrollable and messy moustache strands tickling the top lip.  The old man undoubtedly did his best, but if this was how you learned, you probably picked up every shortcut and bad habit he used and took them as gospel.  And that was if you were lucky enough to have been shown rather than cutting your face to shreds alone for the first few times before gaining a reasonable approximation of proficiency.

So what are the top tips to get a great shave at home?

 

Preparation

 

The step that is so often overlooked is one of the most important parts of the shaving process.  To prepare you skin for the onslaught of having a razor dragged across it, always try to shave after a hot shower.  This will help to open up the pores and soften the hairs.  If you have particularly sensitive skin, a pre-shave balm or oil can help to soften your beard even further, which in turn reduces drag and skin trauma later on.

 

Find yourself high quality shaving foam, preferably one that is glycerine-based, steering away from menthol products that actually close the pores.  Use a badger shaving brush to apply, in small circular motions.  This helps to produce a superior lather, meaning you can use less of your expensive product!  The circular motion helps to lift all the hairs upwards, agitating them regardless of their direction of growth, and it gently exfoliates your skin too.

 

Shaving

 

Before you even get that razor anywhere near your skin, ensure your blades are sharp!  Can you imagine how sharp your barber’s cutthroat razor is?  Blades may be expensive, but it is worth replacing them regularly for the superb result you will get with a sharp blade, and your skin will thank you for it too.  Sharper blades mean easier cutting and less drag on the skin.  It also decreases the likelihood of you needing to go over the same area multiple times, reduces the risk of causing ingrown hairs and helps to avoid razor burn.

 

With your free hand, hold the area of skin to be shaved taut by pulling it lightly, and glide the razor over it.  Avoid applying unnecessary pressure, rinse your blade frequently, and shave with the grain to avoid causing irritation and pulling.  For an extra smooth, close finish you can lather once more when completed and shave against the grain.  The hairs will now be shorter after the first pass, which means that shaving against the grain will be easier and cause less trauma.

If you should cut yourself at any point, wash the cut and apply a moist alum block or styptic pencil to stem the bleeding.

 

Finish

 

Once finished, it is important to rinse the face with clean, cool water to close the pores and tighten the skin; there is actually some lore that this improves the elasticity of the skin, helping to protect against wrinkles too, so it’s a win-win scenario!  Gently pat your face dry with a soft towel and apply a good aftershave balm.  It is best to find an aftershave balm that does not contain alcohol as this is very drying.  The right finishing product will promote fast healing and moisturise to keep skin soft and supple.

 

And that’s it!  The mystery of a great shave solved.  With just a few extra steps added to your routine and investment into the right products, you too can feel like you’ve maintained your barber’s shave at home.

And of course, we think these swanky new products should be stored with pride in one of our great quality wash bags!

 

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