A good lather is thick, creamy and provides protection to the skin.
If you’re going with a soap, then simply hold the brush in one hand and whirl it around the top of the soap until it starts to foam. This isn’t the foam you wont, keep going until that foam turns into a nice thick lather. You’ll know when you get there, it’ll be nice and creamy.
Once you have your brush ‘loaded’ with lather, it’s time to apply to your face. Again, this is a nice therapeutic ritual. The aim is to paint it on as if you were using a paint brush (wax on, wax off).
You’re better off avoiding circular motions when applying the lather as it may damage the bristles. It might not though so personal preference.
Using a shaving brush is actually great for exfoliation of the skin too.
The goal here is to have a thick, even lather covering where you want to shave.
5. Get shaving
OK, so you’re lathered up and ready to go. The top three things to remember when using your DE Safety Razor:
- Load the blade properly, make sure it’s straight and an equal amount of exposure on both sides
- 30′ is your ideal angle here, start there and adjust as necessary
- No pressure! You don’t need to apply pressure, the weight of the handle is enough to apply solid, even pressure
Start your shave by applying smooth strokes, with a good grip of the handle and the razor head at a 30′ angle to your face. This angle isn’t too extreme so the risk of nicking yourself is slim. As you want a closer shave, create a more aggressive blade to skin angle so more blade is exposed.
Take your time initially getting the angle right. Aim to shave twice for a smooth face then once you get the hang of it, you’ll get it first time.
Go with the grain in the direction of fair growth, this is key! You can map your hair growth by examining your stubble after a few days shave free.
We’re making a video on how to wet shave but for the moment, here’s a somewhat dated but always relevant 10 minute tutorial.
6. Post-shave treatment
Maybe the most important part bar the actual shaving. The post shave treatment.
Right after shaving, a nice splash of cold water to cool down and draw blood away from the skin, followed by alum for any nicks.
Your skin now needs some nourishment after that shave. Any and all of our balms contain ingredients to help sooth and revitalize the skin. This one from groomed is great value and has a nice menthol kick which will really wake you up! It’s all natural too.
St James of London have lovely all natural balms and Truefitt and Hill’s balms smell amazing and are renowned for their quality.
Our own Manly Shave Balm is organic and specifically for those with sensitive skin.
Get the professionals.
If you’re in Dublin, Ireland then we strongly recommend popping along to Men’s Grooming Ireland for a haircut and hot towel shave. These guys know what’s what. Trust us.