With the art of wet shaving, you can transform your daily shave from a dreaded chore to a truly luxurious experience. With the right supplies for your shave, you’ll never go back to using cheap, disposable razors or canned shaving cream.
To put it simply, wet shaving is the act of using a razor to completely remove your facial hair while using water. Since shaving with just water can be uncomfortable and lead to knicks and cuts, shaving cream gets added to the mix. Also known as #shavelikeyourgrandpa, wet shaving is how most men shaved until around 1900.
Around this time, many simplified their shaving routine with disposable razors and aerosol cans of shaving cream. At Knightsbridge Shaving, we believe that everyone deserves to experience true luxury with every shave – which is why we’re passionate about the resurgence of wet shaving.
Read on to learn more about how to get started with wet shaving including the supplies you need, how to perform a wet shave, and more.
All you reallyneed to get started with wet shaving is a razor, shaving cream, and warm water. There are more items (pre-shave oil and shaving brushes for example) that take a regular wet shave to the next level, but you can start with just the basics.
Next to water, a quality shaving cream is the key ingredient in a good shave. Made with the finest ingredients and refreshing essential oils, our shaving cream is formulated to moisturize and protect your skin, all while giving you a comfortably close shave. It comes in a small 6 oz (170g) shaving bowl that packs a lot of punch – a little cream goes a long way, meaning you get more shaves out of each bowl.
Some men with sensitive skin struggle with shaving cream as it irritates their skin. Knightsbridge Shaving cream is formulated to be gentle with your skin, so you don’t have to worry about your skin drying or cracking after use.
There are a variety of different razors to choose from with wet shaving. These razors utilizes replaceable blades while re-using the same razor, which helps to cut down on waste. It may take some trial and error to find the razor that works best for you, so make sure you do your own research to choose which one you are most comfortable with.
Some of the most popular options are:
Single edge safety razor
A single edge safety razor is a metal razor that houses a replaceable blade where one edge is the razor. The cutting edge of the blade removes large swathes of hair in a single pass. A single edge blade is usually thicker and stiffer than double edge blades, which can be helpful for those with thicker stubble.
Double edge safety razor
Similar to a single edge safety razor, a double edge includes a replaceable blade where both edges can be used for shaving. This allows you to get more shaves out of a single blade, as you can alternate sides and extend the life of the blade.
An injector razor uses narrow blades that are stored and inserted directly into the razor, so you never have to handle the blade directly. It also utilizes a thicker, single edge blade and is often compared to single edge razors.
Also known as an open razor or cut-throat razor, a straight razor is a blade that folds into it’s own handle. They are often used by barbers when preforming a wet shave on customers, and have gained popularity for everyday shaves at home.
The most common form of razor today, a cartridge razor has a removable head that can is to be disposed of. It is common for cartridge razors to have between three and five blades on them, and the entire set of blades gets replaced with a fresh cartridge.
Adding Pre-shave oil to your wet shave is an easy way to take your shave to the next level. Appling pre-shave oil to your skin before shaving will reduce skin redness and prevent cuts and ingrown hairs with each shave. Your skin will feel softer and look better than ever before, and you’ll enjoy the subtle scent that it adds. Our pre-shave oil scents are all paired with shaving cream scents too, but you can mix and match your pre-shave and shaving cream scents for a unique scent of your own.
Some of the benefits of pre-shave oil are:
While there are a lot of benefits to using pre-shave oil, if you are just starting out and feel overwhelmed with options – you can get started with only shaving cream.
You can lather shaving cream up using your hands, or you can take it to the next level with a shaving brush. Using a shaving brush truly adds to the luxurious experience, and makes it feel like you’re getting a shave at a barber shop. Learn more about How to Shave with a Shaving Brush here
Over the past few years, synthetic shaving brushes have come a long way. Scarmaouche + Fandango has created an ultra-soft shave brush made with new generation synthetic fibres that closely resemble real badger hair. This brush is quick drying, odour free and badger friendly it is perfect for lathering up shave creams and raising stubble to achieve the closest of shaves.
Badger Hair Brushes
The perfect companion to your Knightsbridge Shaving Cream, Simpsons Shaving Brushes (link to collection) are our recommended shaving brush brand.
Affordable, without sacrificing quality the densely packed Pure Bager bristles to create a rich, creamy lather for an excellent shave. If you are looking into getting a shaving brush, our Shaving Cream and Brush set (link to product) is a great option for beginners to save money on a quality shaving brush.
The key to a good wet shave is in the name: wet.Start by rinsing your face with warm water. This is done best immediately after a shower, however you can also soak your face with a warm wash cloth. The warm water helps to open up your pores and allow for a closer shave.
If you are using pre-shave oil (which we always recommend!), apply it now.
The next step is to lather your skin. This can be done either with your hands, or with a shaving brush. We have the full step-by-step procedure for either way you choose:
As you lather, you can add more water to your brush or hands until your lather is a yogurt-like consistency. Keep lathering until your face is completely covered.
Once lathered, shave your face with the grain. Re-apply shaving cream as needed until all hair is gone.
The biggest way to get started with wet shaving is to just start!
Choose your preferred shaving cream scent, grab a razor and get started. As you keep shaving, you’ll learn more and more about this classic hobby and get better with each shave. Shaving will no longer be a chore, but an activity you look forward to each and every time.
What made you get started with wet shaving?
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