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What is wet shaving?

Wet shaving is a traditional method of shaving that involves the use of water, shaving soap or cream, and a razor. It is called "wet" shaving because it typically requires the face to be wet before and during the shaving process.


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Benefits of wet shaving:

Wet shaving offers several advantages over dry shaving, and individuals often choose wet shaving for various reasons:

  1. Closer Shave: Wet shaving, particularly with a traditional safety razor or straight razor, often provides a closer shave compared to dry shaving methods. The combination of warm water, shaving soap or cream, and proper technique helps soften the hair, open up pores, and lift the hair follicles, allowing for a smoother and more precise shave.
  2. Reduced Irritation: The use of water, along with a quality shaving soap or cream, helps lubricate the skin and hair, reducing friction during the shaving process. This can result in less irritation and a more comfortable shaving experience compared to dry shaving, which may cause more friction and pull on the hair.
  3. Exfoliation and Pore Opening: Wet shaving, especially when done after a shower, helps exfoliate the skin and open up pores. This can lead to a cleaner shave and reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs. The warm water softens the beard and makes it easier to cut, while open pores facilitate a smoother shave.
  4. Traditional and Ritualistic Experience: Wet shaving is often considered a more traditional and ritualistic experience. Many enthusiasts appreciate the process of creating a lather, the feel of a quality razor in their hands, and the attention to detail required for a proper shave. This can turn shaving into a more enjoyable and mindful activity.
  5. Cost-Effectiveness and Environmental Considerations: While there may be an initial investment in acquiring a quality razor and shaving accessories, wet shaving can be more cost-effective in the long run. Traditional safety razor blades are often less expensive than disposable cartridge razor blades, and there is less waste generated from packaging.
  6. Reduced Environmental Impact: Wet shaving, particularly with reusable razors and blades, can contribute to a reduction in environmental impact compared to disposable and cartridge razors. The use of fewer disposable items can lead to less waste in landfills.

There are two main types of wet shaving: safety razor shaving and straight razor shaving.

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Safety Razor Shaving

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Safety Razor Shaving: This method involves the use of a safety razor, which has a protective guard between the blade and the skin to reduce the risk of cuts. The process usually begins with wetting the face with warm water to soften the beard and open up the pores. Shaving soap or cream is then applied to create a lather, and the razor is used to shave the hair. Safety razors come in various styles, including double-edged razors.

How to shave with a safety razor:

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1. Gather Your Tools:

  • Safety razor
  • Shaving brush
  • Shaving soap or cream
  • Towel
  • Warm water
2. Prepare Your Skin:

  • Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or oil.
  • If possible, take a warm shower before shaving to soften the beard and open up your pores.
3. Prepare the Lather:

  • Use a shaving brush to create a lather from your shaving soap or cream. Wet the brush with warm water and then swirl it in the soap or cream until you have a thick, creamy lather.
4. Apply the Lather:

  • Apply the lather evenly to your face, making sure to cover the areas you plan to shave. The lather helps lubricate the skin and hair, making it easier for the razor to glide.
5. Hold the Razor Properly:

  • Hold the safety razor with a comfortable grip. The handle should rest between your fingers, and your index and middle fingers should be on the handle's base.
6. Shave with the Grain:

  • Shave in the direction of hair growth (with the grain) for the first pass. This helps reduce irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Hold the razor at about a 30-degree angle to your skin. Let the weight of the razor do the work; there's no need to apply excessive pressure.
7. Stretch the Skin:

  • Use your free hand to stretch the skin taut. This provides a smoother surface for the razor to glide across.
8. Rinse the Razor Often:

  • Rinse the razor frequently during your shave to remove hair and lather buildup. This ensures a cleaner and more effective shave.
9. Reapply Lather for Additional Passes:

  • If you want an even closer shave, you can apply more lather and shave across the grain or against the grain in subsequent passes. Be cautious with against-the-grain shaving, as it can increase the risk of irritation.
10. Rinse and Finish:

  • After you've completed your shave, rinse your face thoroughly with cold water to close the pores.
  • Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply an alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave to soothe the skin.

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Straight Razor Shaving

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Straight Razor Shaving: Also known as open razor or cut-throat razor shaving, this method involves the use of a straight razor with a sharp, exposed blade. Straight razor shaving requires more skill and precision than safety razor shaving, and it is often considered an art form. The process is similar to safety razor shaving but requires careful technique to avoid cuts.

How to shave with a straight razor:

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1. Gather Your Tools:


  • Straight razor
  • Strop (leather strip used for sharpening and maintaining the razor's edge)
  • Shaving brush
  • Shaving soap or cream
  • Towel
  • Warm water
2. Prepare Your Razor:

  • Before each shave, strop your razor on a leather strop. This helps maintain the sharpness of the blade. Stropping should be done with the edge trailing, and it involves several passes on each side of the razor.
3. Prepare Your Skin:

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or oil.
  • If possible, take a warm shower before shaving to soften the beard and open up your pores.
4. Prepare the Lather:

  • Use a shaving brush to create a lather from your shaving soap or cream. Wet the brush with warm water and then swirl it in the soap or cream until you have a thick, creamy lather.
5. Apply the Lather:

  • Apply the lather evenly to your face, making sure to cover the areas you plan to shave. The lather helps lubricate the skin and hair, making it easier for the razor to glide.
6. Hold the Razor Properly:

  • Hold the straight razor with your dominant hand and use your other hand to stretch the skin taut. The handle should rest between your fingers, and your thumb should be on the side of the blade.
7. Shave with the Grain:

  • For the first pass, shave in the direction of hair growth (with the grain). This helps reduce irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Hold the razor at about a 30-degree angle to your skin. Let the weight of the razor do the work; there's no need to apply excessive pressure.
8. Stretch the Skin:

  • Use your free hand to stretch the skin taut. This provides a smoother surface for the razor to glide across.
9. Repeat for Additional Passes:

  • If you desire a closer shave, you can reapply lather and shave across the grain or against the grain in subsequent passes. Be cautious with against-the-grain shaving, as it can increase the risk of irritation.
10. Rinse and Finish:

  • After you've completed your shave, rinse your face thoroughly with cold water to close the pores.
  • Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply an alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave to soothe the skin.


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Which is optimal for performance?

The choice between a safety razor and a straight razor depends on personal preferences, skill level, and the shaving experience you're looking for. Each type has its own advantages and considerations:

Safety Razor:

  1. Ease of Use: Safety razors are generally considered easier to use, especially for beginners. They have a protective guard between the blade and the skin, reducing the risk of nicks and cuts.
  2. Versatility: There are various types of safety razors, including adjustable ones that allow you to customize the blade exposure. This versatility can be helpful in finding the right level of aggression for your skin and beard type.
  3. Maintenance: Safety razors are relatively easy to maintain. You can replace the blades, and the razor itself often requires minimal care.
  4. Cost: In the long run, safety razor blades tend to be more cost-effective than disposable cartridge razors.
Straight Razor:

  1. Closest Shave: A straight razor, when used skillfully, can provide an incredibly close shave. The sharp blade and precision make it possible to achieve a smooth result.
  2. Artistic Element: Using a straight razor is often considered an art form. Many enthusiasts appreciate the craftsmanship and skill required for a good straight razor shave.
  3. Long-Term Investment: While the initial cost of a quality straight razor can be higher, it can be a long-term investment. With proper care, a good straight razor can last a lifetime.
  4. Environmental Considerations: Straight razors generate less waste compared to disposable razors and cartridges, contributing to a more environmentally friendly shaving routine.
Considerations:

  • Skill Level: Straight razors require more skill and practice to use safely and effectively.

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Is it expensive?
The cost of wet shaving can vary depending on the products and equipment you choose.
While the initial investment in wet shaving equipment might be higher compared to disposable razors, the ongoing costs can be lower. Additionally, many wet shaving enthusiasts appreciate the quality of the shave, the reduction in skin irritation, and the environmental benefits of producing less waste.

It's important to note that the cost of wet shaving is subjective and can vary based on individual preferences and choices of products. Some people enjoy the process and consider the investment worthwhile, while others may prefer more budget-friendly shaving options.


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Necessary equipment to buy:

To get started with wet shaving, you'll need a few essential pieces of equipment. Here's a list of the basic items you'll need:

  1. Razor:
    • For safety razor shaving: A safety razor with a handle and a head that holds double-edged razor blades.
    • For straight razor shaving: A quality straight razor. Make sure it's properly honed and stropped.
  2. Blades:
    • For safety razors: Double-edged razor blades. There are various brands and types, so you may want to try different ones to find what works best for you.
    • For straight razors: You'll need a strop to maintain the blade, and occasionally, you may need to have it honed by a professional.
  3. Shaving Brush:
    • A shaving brush is used to create a lather from shaving soap or cream. Brushes come in various materials, such as boar hair, badger hair, or synthetic fibers.
  4. Shaving Soap or Cream:
    • Shaving soap or cream provides lubrication for the razor and helps soften the hair. Choose a product that suits your skin type and preferences.
  5. Shaving Bowl or Mug:
    • Some people prefer to use a bowl or mug to lather the shaving soap. It's not strictly necessary, but it can make the lathering process more enjoyable.
  6. Aftershave:
    • An alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave helps soothe the skin and prevent irritation. Some people also use balms or lotions for this purpose.
  7. Strop (for Straight Razor Shaving):
    • If you're using a straight razor, a strop is essential for maintaining the sharpness of the blade. Stropping should be done before each shave.
  8. Towel:
    • Have a clean towel on hand to pat your face dry after shaving.
Optional accessories that you may consider:

  • Alum Block or Styptic Pencil:
    • These can be used to stop bleeding in case of nicks or cuts.
  • Shaving Stand:
    • A stand can help organize your shaving tools and allow them to dry properly between uses.
  • Pre-Shave Oil:
    • Some people use pre-shave oil to further prepare the skin before applying lather.
  • Adjustable Safety Razor (for Safety Razor Shaving):
    • An adjustable safety razor allows you to customize the blade exposure, which can be useful for finding the right level of aggression for your skin and beard type.
When choosing your equipment, keep in mind that preferences can vary from person to person. You might want to experiment with different blades, soaps, and brushes to find what works best for you. As you gain experience, you may decide to add more specialized items to your wet shaving routine.


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What is wet shaving?

Wet shaving is a traditional method of shaving that involves the use of water, shaving soap or cream, and a razor. It is called "wet" shaving because it typically requires the face to be wet before and during the shaving process.


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Benefits of wet shaving:

Wet shaving offers several advantages over dry shaving, and individuals often choose wet shaving for various reasons:

  1. Closer Shave: Wet shaving, particularly with a traditional safety razor or straight razor, often provides a closer shave compared to dry shaving methods. The combination of warm water, shaving soap or cream, and proper technique helps soften the hair, open up pores, and lift the hair follicles, allowing for a smoother and more precise shave.
  2. Reduced Irritation: The use of water, along with a quality shaving soap or cream, helps lubricate the skin and hair, reducing friction during the shaving process. This can result in less irritation and a more comfortable shaving experience compared to dry shaving, which may cause more friction and pull on the hair.
  3. Exfoliation and Pore Opening: Wet shaving, especially when done after a shower, helps exfoliate the skin and open up pores. This can lead to a cleaner shave and reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs. The warm water softens the beard and makes it easier to cut, while open pores facilitate a smoother shave.
  4. Traditional and Ritualistic Experience: Wet shaving is often considered a more traditional and ritualistic experience. Many enthusiasts appreciate the process of creating a lather, the feel of a quality razor in their hands, and the attention to detail required for a proper shave. This can turn shaving into a more enjoyable and mindful activity.
  5. Cost-Effectiveness and Environmental Considerations: While there may be an initial investment in acquiring a quality razor and shaving accessories, wet shaving can be more cost-effective in the long run. Traditional safety razor blades are often less expensive than disposable cartridge razor blades, and there is less waste generated from packaging.
  6. Reduced Environmental Impact: Wet shaving, particularly with reusable razors and blades, can contribute to a reduction in environmental impact compared to disposable and cartridge razors. The use of fewer disposable items can lead to less waste in landfills.

There are two main types of wet shaving: safety razor shaving and straight razor shaving.

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Safety Razor Shaving

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Safety Razor Shaving: This method involves the use of a safety razor, which has a protective guard between the blade and the skin to reduce the risk of cuts. The process usually begins with wetting the face with warm water to soften the beard and open up the pores. Shaving soap or cream is then applied to create a lather, and the razor is used to shave the hair. Safety razors come in various styles, including double-edged razors.

How to shave with a safety razor:

View attachment 2686187
1. Gather Your Tools:

  • Safety razor
  • Shaving brush
  • Shaving soap or cream
  • Towel
  • Warm water
2. Prepare Your Skin:

  • Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or oil.
  • If possible, take a warm shower before shaving to soften the beard and open up your pores.
3. Prepare the Lather:

  • Use a shaving brush to create a lather from your shaving soap or cream. Wet the brush with warm water and then swirl it in the soap or cream until you have a thick, creamy lather.
4. Apply the Lather:

  • Apply the lather evenly to your face, making sure to cover the areas you plan to shave. The lather helps lubricate the skin and hair, making it easier for the razor to glide.
5. Hold the Razor Properly:

  • Hold the safety razor with a comfortable grip. The handle should rest between your fingers, and your index and middle fingers should be on the handle's base.
6. Shave with the Grain:

  • Shave in the direction of hair growth (with the grain) for the first pass. This helps reduce irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Hold the razor at about a 30-degree angle to your skin. Let the weight of the razor do the work; there's no need to apply excessive pressure.
7. Stretch the Skin:

  • Use your free hand to stretch the skin taut. This provides a smoother surface for the razor to glide across.
8. Rinse the Razor Often:

  • Rinse the razor frequently during your shave to remove hair and lather buildup. This ensures a cleaner and more effective shave.
9. Reapply Lather for Additional Passes:

  • If you want an even closer shave, you can apply more lather and shave across the grain or against the grain in subsequent passes. Be cautious with against-the-grain shaving, as it can increase the risk of irritation.
10. Rinse and Finish:

  • After you've completed your shave, rinse your face thoroughly with cold water to close the pores.
  • Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply an alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave to soothe the skin.

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Straight Razor Shaving

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Straight Razor Shaving: Also known as open razor or cut-throat razor shaving, this method involves the use of a straight razor with a sharp, exposed blade. Straight razor shaving requires more skill and precision than safety razor shaving, and it is often considered an art form. The process is similar to safety razor shaving but requires careful technique to avoid cuts.

How to shave with a straight razor:

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1. Gather Your Tools:


  • Straight razor
  • Strop (leather strip used for sharpening and maintaining the razor's edge)
  • Shaving brush
  • Shaving soap or cream
  • Towel
  • Warm water
2. Prepare Your Razor:

  • Before each shave, strop your razor on a leather strop. This helps maintain the sharpness of the blade. Stropping should be done with the edge trailing, and it involves several passes on each side of the razor.
3. Prepare Your Skin:

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or oil.
  • If possible, take a warm shower before shaving to soften the beard and open up your pores.
4. Prepare the Lather:

  • Use a shaving brush to create a lather from your shaving soap or cream. Wet the brush with warm water and then swirl it in the soap or cream until you have a thick, creamy lather.
5. Apply the Lather:

  • Apply the lather evenly to your face, making sure to cover the areas you plan to shave. The lather helps lubricate the skin and hair, making it easier for the razor to glide.
6. Hold the Razor Properly:

  • Hold the straight razor with your dominant hand and use your other hand to stretch the skin taut. The handle should rest between your fingers, and your thumb should be on the side of the blade.
7. Shave with the Grain:

  • For the first pass, shave in the direction of hair growth (with the grain). This helps reduce irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Hold the razor at about a 30-degree angle to your skin. Let the weight of the razor do the work; there's no need to apply excessive pressure.
8. Stretch the Skin:

  • Use your free hand to stretch the skin taut. This provides a smoother surface for the razor to glide across.
9. Repeat for Additional Passes:

  • If you desire a closer shave, you can reapply lather and shave across the grain or against the grain in subsequent passes. Be cautious with against-the-grain shaving, as it can increase the risk of irritation.
10. Rinse and Finish:

  • After you've completed your shave, rinse your face thoroughly with cold water to close the pores.
  • Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply an alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave to soothe the skin.


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Which is optimal for performance?

The choice between a safety razor and a straight razor depends on personal preferences, skill level, and the shaving experience you're looking for. Each type has its own advantages and considerations:

Safety Razor:

  1. Ease of Use: Safety razors are generally considered easier to use, especially for beginners. They have a protective guard between the blade and the skin, reducing the risk of nicks and cuts.
  2. Versatility: There are various types of safety razors, including adjustable ones that allow you to customize the blade exposure. This versatility can be helpful in finding the right level of aggression for your skin and beard type.
  3. Maintenance: Safety razors are relatively easy to maintain. You can replace the blades, and the razor itself often requires minimal care.
  4. Cost: In the long run, safety razor blades tend to be more cost-effective than disposable cartridge razors.
Straight Razor:

  1. Closest Shave: A straight razor, when used skillfully, can provide an incredibly close shave. The sharp blade and precision make it possible to achieve a smooth result.
  2. Artistic Element: Using a straight razor is often considered an art form. Many enthusiasts appreciate the craftsmanship and skill required for a good straight razor shave.
  3. Long-Term Investment: While the initial cost of a quality straight razor can be higher, it can be a long-term investment. With proper care, a good straight razor can last a lifetime.
  4. Environmental Considerations: Straight razors generate less waste compared to disposable razors and cartridges, contributing to a more environmentally friendly shaving routine.
Considerations:

  • Skill Level: Straight razors require more skill and practice to use safely and effectively.

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Is it expensive?
The cost of wet shaving can vary depending on the products and equipment you choose.
While the initial investment in wet shaving equipment might be higher compared to disposable razors, the ongoing costs can be lower. Additionally, many wet shaving enthusiasts appreciate the quality of the shave, the reduction in skin irritation, and the environmental benefits of producing less waste.

It's important to note that the cost of wet shaving is subjective and can vary based on individual preferences and choices of products. Some people enjoy the process and consider the investment worthwhile, while others may prefer more budget-friendly shaving options.


View attachment 2686244

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Necessary equipment to buy:

To get started with wet shaving, you'll need a few essential pieces of equipment. Here's a list of the basic items you'll need:

  1. Razor:
    • For safety razor shaving: A safety razor with a handle and a head that holds double-edged razor blades.
    • For straight razor shaving: A quality straight razor. Make sure it's properly honed and stropped.
  2. Blades:
    • For safety razors: Double-edged razor blades. There are various brands and types, so you may want to try different ones to find what works best for you.
    • For straight razors: You'll need a strop to maintain the blade, and occasionally, you may need to have it honed by a professional.
  3. Shaving Brush:
    • A shaving brush is used to create a lather from shaving soap or cream. Brushes come in various materials, such as boar hair, badger hair, or synthetic fibers.
  4. Shaving Soap or Cream:
    • Shaving soap or cream provides lubrication for the razor and helps soften the hair. Choose a product that suits your skin type and preferences.
  5. Shaving Bowl or Mug:
    • Some people prefer to use a bowl or mug to lather the shaving soap. It's not strictly necessary, but it can make the lathering process more enjoyable.
  6. Aftershave:
    • An alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave helps soothe the skin and prevent irritation. Some people also use balms or lotions for this purpose.
  7. Strop (for Straight Razor Shaving):
    • If you're using a straight razor, a strop is essential for maintaining the sharpness of the blade. Stropping should be done before each shave.
  8. Towel:
    • Have a clean towel on hand to pat your face dry after shaving.
Optional accessories that you may consider:

  • Alum Block or Styptic Pencil:
    • These can be used to stop bleeding in case of nicks or cuts.
  • Shaving Stand:
    • A stand can help organize your shaving tools and allow them to dry properly between uses.
  • Pre-Shave Oil:
    • Some people use pre-shave oil to further prepare the skin before applying lather.
  • Adjustable Safety Razor (for Safety Razor Shaving):
    • An adjustable safety razor allows you to customize the blade exposure, which can be useful for finding the right level of aggression for your skin and beard type.
When choosing your equipment, keep in mind that preferences can vary from person to person. You might want to experiment with different blades, soaps, and brushes to find what works best for you. As you gain experience, you may decide to add more specialized items to your wet shaving routine.


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Good post but i shave every 2 days, this is too much effort
 
chad goes to wax salon
for 10$ (chad gets the special chad discount) they clear his face of any hair infinitely better than any shave can
they touch him and compliment him all over his body while doing it
than all the girls suck his dick after
meanwhile incel looks at the ingredients of his shaving cream
 
i have a cheap chinese superspeed clone with nacet as blade and it won't cut shit! especially the submental area
 
meanwhile chad dry shaves and can grow his beard for years and slay
 
meanwhile chad dry shaves and can grow his beard for years and slay
Clean shaven is still optimal for JBs. Only reason to have stubble/beard is to cover up a poor facial structure or to attract older women.
 
--------------LONG POST--------------

What is wet shaving?

Wet shaving is a traditional method of shaving that involves the use of water, shaving soap or cream, and a razor. It is called "wet" shaving because it typically requires the face to be wet before and during the shaving process.


View attachment 2686195
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Benefits of wet shaving:

Wet shaving offers several advantages over dry shaving, and individuals often choose wet shaving for various reasons:

  1. Closer Shave: Wet shaving, particularly with a traditional safety razor or straight razor, often provides a closer shave compared to dry shaving methods. The combination of warm water, shaving soap or cream, and proper technique helps soften the hair, open up pores, and lift the hair follicles, allowing for a smoother and more precise shave.
  2. Reduced Irritation: The use of water, along with a quality shaving soap or cream, helps lubricate the skin and hair, reducing friction during the shaving process. This can result in less irritation and a more comfortable shaving experience compared to dry shaving, which may cause more friction and pull on the hair.
  3. Exfoliation and Pore Opening: Wet shaving, especially when done after a shower, helps exfoliate the skin and open up pores. This can lead to a cleaner shave and reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs. The warm water softens the beard and makes it easier to cut, while open pores facilitate a smoother shave.
  4. Traditional and Ritualistic Experience: Wet shaving is often considered a more traditional and ritualistic experience. Many enthusiasts appreciate the process of creating a lather, the feel of a quality razor in their hands, and the attention to detail required for a proper shave. This can turn shaving into a more enjoyable and mindful activity.
  5. Cost-Effectiveness and Environmental Considerations: While there may be an initial investment in acquiring a quality razor and shaving accessories, wet shaving can be more cost-effective in the long run. Traditional safety razor blades are often less expensive than disposable cartridge razor blades, and there is less waste generated from packaging.
  6. Reduced Environmental Impact: Wet shaving, particularly with reusable razors and blades, can contribute to a reduction in environmental impact compared to disposable and cartridge razors. The use of fewer disposable items can lead to less waste in landfills.

There are two main types of wet shaving: safety razor shaving and straight razor shaving.

---------------------------------------------------------


Safety Razor Shaving

View attachment 2686162


Safety Razor Shaving: This method involves the use of a safety razor, which has a protective guard between the blade and the skin to reduce the risk of cuts. The process usually begins with wetting the face with warm water to soften the beard and open up the pores. Shaving soap or cream is then applied to create a lather, and the razor is used to shave the hair. Safety razors come in various styles, including double-edged razors.

How to shave with a safety razor:

View attachment 2686187
1. Gather Your Tools:

  • Safety razor
  • Shaving brush
  • Shaving soap or cream
  • Towel
  • Warm water
2. Prepare Your Skin:

  • Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or oil.
  • If possible, take a warm shower before shaving to soften the beard and open up your pores.
3. Prepare the Lather:

  • Use a shaving brush to create a lather from your shaving soap or cream. Wet the brush with warm water and then swirl it in the soap or cream until you have a thick, creamy lather.
4. Apply the Lather:

  • Apply the lather evenly to your face, making sure to cover the areas you plan to shave. The lather helps lubricate the skin and hair, making it easier for the razor to glide.
5. Hold the Razor Properly:

  • Hold the safety razor with a comfortable grip. The handle should rest between your fingers, and your index and middle fingers should be on the handle's base.
6. Shave with the Grain:

  • Shave in the direction of hair growth (with the grain) for the first pass. This helps reduce irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Hold the razor at about a 30-degree angle to your skin. Let the weight of the razor do the work; there's no need to apply excessive pressure.
7. Stretch the Skin:

  • Use your free hand to stretch the skin taut. This provides a smoother surface for the razor to glide across.
8. Rinse the Razor Often:

  • Rinse the razor frequently during your shave to remove hair and lather buildup. This ensures a cleaner and more effective shave.
9. Reapply Lather for Additional Passes:

  • If you want an even closer shave, you can apply more lather and shave across the grain or against the grain in subsequent passes. Be cautious with against-the-grain shaving, as it can increase the risk of irritation.
10. Rinse and Finish:

  • After you've completed your shave, rinse your face thoroughly with cold water to close the pores.
  • Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply an alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave to soothe the skin.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Straight Razor Shaving

View attachment 2686169


Straight Razor Shaving: Also known as open razor or cut-throat razor shaving, this method involves the use of a straight razor with a sharp, exposed blade. Straight razor shaving requires more skill and precision than safety razor shaving, and it is often considered an art form. The process is similar to safety razor shaving but requires careful technique to avoid cuts.

How to shave with a straight razor:

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1. Gather Your Tools:


  • Straight razor
  • Strop (leather strip used for sharpening and maintaining the razor's edge)
  • Shaving brush
  • Shaving soap or cream
  • Towel
  • Warm water
2. Prepare Your Razor:

  • Before each shave, strop your razor on a leather strop. This helps maintain the sharpness of the blade. Stropping should be done with the edge trailing, and it involves several passes on each side of the razor.
3. Prepare Your Skin:

  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or oil.
  • If possible, take a warm shower before shaving to soften the beard and open up your pores.
4. Prepare the Lather:

  • Use a shaving brush to create a lather from your shaving soap or cream. Wet the brush with warm water and then swirl it in the soap or cream until you have a thick, creamy lather.
5. Apply the Lather:

  • Apply the lather evenly to your face, making sure to cover the areas you plan to shave. The lather helps lubricate the skin and hair, making it easier for the razor to glide.
6. Hold the Razor Properly:

  • Hold the straight razor with your dominant hand and use your other hand to stretch the skin taut. The handle should rest between your fingers, and your thumb should be on the side of the blade.
7. Shave with the Grain:

  • For the first pass, shave in the direction of hair growth (with the grain). This helps reduce irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Hold the razor at about a 30-degree angle to your skin. Let the weight of the razor do the work; there's no need to apply excessive pressure.
8. Stretch the Skin:

  • Use your free hand to stretch the skin taut. This provides a smoother surface for the razor to glide across.
9. Repeat for Additional Passes:

  • If you desire a closer shave, you can reapply lather and shave across the grain or against the grain in subsequent passes. Be cautious with against-the-grain shaving, as it can increase the risk of irritation.
10. Rinse and Finish:

  • After you've completed your shave, rinse your face thoroughly with cold water to close the pores.
  • Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Apply an alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave to soothe the skin.


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Which is optimal for performance?

The choice between a safety razor and a straight razor depends on personal preferences, skill level, and the shaving experience you're looking for. Each type has its own advantages and considerations:

Safety Razor:

  1. Ease of Use: Safety razors are generally considered easier to use, especially for beginners. They have a protective guard between the blade and the skin, reducing the risk of nicks and cuts.
  2. Versatility: There are various types of safety razors, including adjustable ones that allow you to customize the blade exposure. This versatility can be helpful in finding the right level of aggression for your skin and beard type.
  3. Maintenance: Safety razors are relatively easy to maintain. You can replace the blades, and the razor itself often requires minimal care.
  4. Cost: In the long run, safety razor blades tend to be more cost-effective than disposable cartridge razors.
Straight Razor:

  1. Closest Shave: A straight razor, when used skillfully, can provide an incredibly close shave. The sharp blade and precision make it possible to achieve a smooth result.
  2. Artistic Element: Using a straight razor is often considered an art form. Many enthusiasts appreciate the craftsmanship and skill required for a good straight razor shave.
  3. Long-Term Investment: While the initial cost of a quality straight razor can be higher, it can be a long-term investment. With proper care, a good straight razor can last a lifetime.
  4. Environmental Considerations: Straight razors generate less waste compared to disposable razors and cartridges, contributing to a more environmentally friendly shaving routine.
Considerations:

  • Skill Level: Straight razors require more skill and practice to use safely and effectively.

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Is it expensive?
The cost of wet shaving can vary depending on the products and equipment you choose.
While the initial investment in wet shaving equipment might be higher compared to disposable razors, the ongoing costs can be lower. Additionally, many wet shaving enthusiasts appreciate the quality of the shave, the reduction in skin irritation, and the environmental benefits of producing less waste.

It's important to note that the cost of wet shaving is subjective and can vary based on individual preferences and choices of products. Some people enjoy the process and consider the investment worthwhile, while others may prefer more budget-friendly shaving options.


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Necessary equipment to buy:

To get started with wet shaving, you'll need a few essential pieces of equipment. Here's a list of the basic items you'll need:

  1. Razor:
    • For safety razor shaving: A safety razor with a handle and a head that holds double-edged razor blades.
    • For straight razor shaving: A quality straight razor. Make sure it's properly honed and stropped.
  2. Blades:
    • For safety razors: Double-edged razor blades. There are various brands and types, so you may want to try different ones to find what works best for you.
    • For straight razors: You'll need a strop to maintain the blade, and occasionally, you may need to have it honed by a professional.
  3. Shaving Brush:
    • A shaving brush is used to create a lather from shaving soap or cream. Brushes come in various materials, such as boar hair, badger hair, or synthetic fibers.
  4. Shaving Soap or Cream:
    • Shaving soap or cream provides lubrication for the razor and helps soften the hair. Choose a product that suits your skin type and preferences.
  5. Shaving Bowl or Mug:
    • Some people prefer to use a bowl or mug to lather the shaving soap. It's not strictly necessary, but it can make the lathering process more enjoyable.
  6. Aftershave:
    • An alcohol-free, moisturizing aftershave helps soothe the skin and prevent irritation. Some people also use balms or lotions for this purpose.
  7. Strop (for Straight Razor Shaving):
    • If you're using a straight razor, a strop is essential for maintaining the sharpness of the blade. Stropping should be done before each shave.
  8. Towel:
    • Have a clean towel on hand to pat your face dry after shaving.
Optional accessories that you may consider:

  • Alum Block or Styptic Pencil:
    • These can be used to stop bleeding in case of nicks or cuts.
  • Shaving Stand:
    • A stand can help organize your shaving tools and allow them to dry properly between uses.
  • Pre-Shave Oil:
    • Some people use pre-shave oil to further prepare the skin before applying lather.
  • Adjustable Safety Razor (for Safety Razor Shaving):
    • An adjustable safety razor allows you to customize the blade exposure, which can be useful for finding the right level of aggression for your skin and beard type.
When choosing your equipment, keep in mind that preferences can vary from person to person. You might want to experiment with different blades, soaps, and brushes to find what works best for you. As you gain experience, you may decide to add more specialized items to your wet shaving routine.


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BOTB potential DNRD tho @enchanted_elixir @Lorsss
 
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Thanks dad, I normally just shave with electric. No razor burn or nothing, also a lot faster
 
W post been using a safety razor for a while
 
Good post
 
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BOTB, bump. Ill read later. I like to shave after going in the sauna with a single blade on face, and electric razor on neck.
 
a good safety razor which is easy to use for beginners is the merkur 34c
 

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