Wet shaving is a manly technique that has lost its edge over the past couple of decades. What used to be an art form has now been replaced with electrical razors and blue gels. Earlier we discussed why wet shaving is worth giving a try and the tools needed for this procedure. There are only a few tools needed in order to wet shave: a safety razor, blades, a shaving brush, and a soap/cream.
Wet shaving is not a long process; however, actually doing it can be tricky. Wet shaving does take some getting used to, so take your time with it. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wet shave.
- Prep The purpose of prepping your beard is to soften your whiskers and skin so shaving is easier and causes less irritation. The best time to shave is after you’ve showered, when the hot water has hydrated and soften your beard. If you haven’t showered, wet a washcloth with warm water and hold it to your face for 30 seconds.
After your skin is warm and supply, apply natural oil to it. These oils are used to make hairs stand up for a closer cut, and to create a smooth surface for the blades to glide across.
- Lather Take a dollop of shave cream or soap and put it in a bowl. Swirl it with a brush that has been presoaked with water until you get a thick lather. Apply the lather to your face in a circular motion. If you don’t have shaving cream, use hair conditioner as an emergency substitute.
- Shave Choose one side of your face to start with. Next, shave from the top of the beard line down to the jawline in one even stroke. When shaving your neck, shave from the hairline on your neck up to your jawline in one stroke. You can choose to pull your skin with your free hand to guarantee a closer shave. Rinse the razor between strokes.
Shave with the grain. Angling your blade is probably the hardest part of the process. The blade should be somewhere around 30 and 45 degrees. Also, remember that the goal is beard reduction, not beard removal. Shaving everything the first time you wet shave can cause skin irritations. To avoid skin irritation, lather and shave over your face several times.
- Rinse Close your pores by rinsing your face with cold water after you’re done shaving. Next, apply a nice aftershave to reduce any irritation and to smell like a man.
Do you think you’ll give wet shaving a try? Let us know in the comments below.