How to Use a Double Edge Safety Razor July 23, 2015 12:25

Image of a man using a stainless steel double edge safety razorThe major shave companies would have you believe that the best way to a close shave is with nineteen blades all stacked on top of one another. This is merely the invention of fancy marketing firms who have been hired by the razor companies to get you to spend your hard-earned dollars on shaving “technology” that you really don't need. One blade is as good as forty-five of them as long as you're dealing with high quality equipment.

The double-edge safety razor has been enjoying a resurgence as of late, this old school way of shaving has been reconsidered as the more elegant and effective way to a close shave, while remaining affordable in comparison to the high prices of razors with all the extra bells and whistles attached.

But there aren't a lot of men or women who know how to use a double-edge safety razor the proper way. It's not incredibly complicated but it does require just a bit of finesse and extra care, just until you get used to the process.

Follow these simple tips and you'll be shaving like a professional in no time...

Prepare your Skin First

The best time to shave is after you've gotten out of the shower or (if you just need a quick clean up before you head out) apply a hot towel to your skin.

This will get it ready for a good shave and, while some guys like to apply an extra layer of pre-shave oil before getting the shave cream on there, you're a busy man with places to be.

So that step isn't always necessary. It helps, but you can do without it if you absolutely must.

Be Delicate!

The very nature of this razor is predicated on the use of two edges that are very sharp. Let them do the work.

You may be used to pushing the head of your disposable into your skin to get the closest shave, but the sharp edges of this razor are designed to let you just simply glide the head across your skin. You're dealing with a razor blade here, not some flimsy metal blades in a plastic Gillette head.

These are incredibly fine and sharp, more so than you're going to find on a mainstream, mass-produced disposable. Keep that in mind when you start to shave. Applying pressure will most inevitably lead to you getting nicked or cut. The blade will get the job done with even the most negligible amount of force.

So use caution at all times.

Angle Your Shave

You're probably not thinking about the angle of your razor when you shave, but with a double-edge razor you'll want to do just that. This is going to take some trial and error and, yes, you might catch an edge once or twice with a little bit of blood drawn.

But you're a man, you can take it.

Keep your razor positioned at about a thirty degree angle, and make sure you shave in short, light strokes in the direction of your hair growth. If you don't know which direction your facial hair grows, give yourself a few days to let it really grow out so you can better determine how it comes in on your skin.

When you're doing the job, make sure you pull your skin taut, AWAY from the direction of the blade for maximum effectiveness.

Change Your Blades Often

You'll know when it's time almost immediately. That smooth, pressure-free glide across the skin is going to feel less easy breezy when you catch a pull or tug from the blade as you stroke. When you've exhausted both sides of the razor – remember it's a double-edge you've got here – then it's time to replace it with a new one.

Another benefit of these types of razors is the lower cost of replacement versus those pricey cartridges from the major manufacturers.

Not only will you look great, your wallet will thank you as well.