So you are tired of shaving with the same ol grungy cartridge razor. You want to upgrade to the latest trend of the safety razor come back, but you have questions. Well CoolShitGuysNeed.com is here to help.
The Safety Razor is an old shaving technology that has seen new light in recent years. Cartridge razor users have grown tired of expensive refill cartridges, and blades that get gummed up during shaving. The Safety Razors offers solutions to these two problems. With having only one double, or single edged blade, cleaning is made a breeze. The blade cost is also much cheaper. Infact, right now on Amazon you can buy a 100 count pack of Astra Blades for $9.83! Even better, most safety razor blades fit most safety razors bodies, so you are not limited to 1 brand, 1 price.
The drawback to the safety razor blade style is disposal of the old blade. While the blade may no longer be sharp enough to provide a clean shave on your face, it will be plenty sharp to destroy your trash bag, and anything that it comes into contact with. A simple solution is to save an old metal can to dispose of them in. When the can is full, place it in the trash, keeping the blades safely away from everyone. Or you can go with a more commercial option like the Feather Styling Disposal Case.
But let’s get to the big talk…. Are you going to look like you got in a fight with a tiger when you get through shaving? That answer is up to you, and your willingness to learn. Unlike, cartridge razors, there is a bit of skill that goes into the safety razor shave. First, you don’t press down on your skin. The weight of the razor body is all that it needs. Second, you keep the razor somewhere between a 30 and 45 degree angle while making a pass. NEVER shave against the grain to avoid ingrown hairs and potential cuts. Third, remember it takes multiple passes to remove all the hair, not just one long, hard pressed pass. Patience is the key to a great looking shave. Right now, Amazon’s best selling razor is the Viking Blade Chieftain Safety Razor.
Something else to consider is your shaving cream. You no longer need to use thick gels to comfort your face from 3-5 blades passing over your skin at a time. Now you can go back to the old school creams a soaps. A small dollop of either placed in a bowl and whisked with a wet brush will create a moisturizing foam perfect for a close shave. This also gives you a reason to add some flare to your shaving space with multiple shaving bowl and brush options like the Dapper Addiction Kit.
Shaving with a safety razor can be a great, rewarding experience. With proper time and patience you can learn to get a clean, cut free shave. You may spend a few more dollars in the beginning, but it won’t take long to rack up the savings when you are no longer buying expensive cartridges and shaving gels. Stay tuned for our list of best Safety Razors and shaving accessories.