Tips & Tricks For A Proper Wet Shave
Give yourself a quality shave- avoid bumps and burns.
In our shop we offer wet shaves (also know as hot towel shave or straight razor shave); many of our clients will often be found saying that they love the close shave, how their skin feels after, but its the entire experience itself that makes it worth the while. Gentelmen with little facial hair will often be found getting a shave for that reason alone.
What makes a wet shave so special? It's all about the process. Here I want to explain that process and recommend some products that will assist you in getting a similar experience from home.
This initial hot towel is used to begin opening the pores to assist in a close smooth shave. We warm our towels in a towel warmer/sanitizer, but if you don't have a need for one of these, you can simply roll up your towel and put it in your microwave for approximately 30-40 seconds. Once that first towel begins to cool, we massage a pre shave oil or cream into the skin. There are many available, but this particular cream from Proraso is my favorite (clients love it!).
We then apply a second hot towel and remove it once it has cooled. This is followed by a shave cream application.
Our barbers prefer this Molle cream from Lucky Tiger because it is thick and long lasting, it does not dry out quickly and is extremely nourishing. This is followed by a third hot towel.
If you choose to apply this cream with a brush, here are a few of our favorites: A nice, affordable synthetic shave brush from Rockwell Razors (they also have excellent and affordable safety razors), a luxury badger hair brush with ivory handle from Parker Razors, or get a complete wet shave kit from Gentelman Jon (makes a great gift for yourself or someone else and is packed with a bunch of great shaving essentials).
We then conduct the shave; while we use straight razors (with disposable blades), I recommend using a safety razor until you master the straight razor. (Straight razor technique blog post coming soon). If you are insistent on using a straight razor I recommend the Dovo Shavette, its what I use for face shaves. If you are interested in safety razors, I recommend Rockwell or Gentelman Jon for nice, affordable razors (links above).
Following the shave (we first go with the grain, then across the grain, if the skin can handle it we will sometimes go against the grain but this is not usually recommended), we then apply another hot towel to clean the face and check to ensure all facial hair has been removed. If need be, we will apply some hot lather from our machine and remove any small remaining pieces of facial hair. If necessary we will clean the face again and then apply a menthol cream, massaging into the skin. This is followed by an ice cold towel (wet and refrigerated) to then close the pores.
At this point, we may or may not apply an alcohol based after shave. While alcohol based is preferred for its antiseptic qualities, some sensitive skin may have adverse reactions.
For those who prefer an alcohol base, I recommend our home made Bay Rum, or the classic Clubman. If your skin can't handle the alcohol based aftershave or you tend to have extremely dry skin, I recommend Lucky Tiger.
I hope this helps, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to reach out.
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