So, what is classic shaving? Very simply, it is the use of shaving methods, which have stood the test of time. Have you seen your neighborhood barber using a 3 in 1 razor? Ever wondered, why? The answer is simple. He uses the principles of classic shaving and therefore only needs a straight razor and other accessories. It ensures that he gives you the best shave without all the fuss.
Classic shaving has re-emerged as a better shaving option due to two main reasons. The so-called expensive new age shaving equipment cannot guarantee error-free shaving, and over that, they are mighty expensive. Shaving is more about understanding the right techniques of using the lather to soften the facial hair and then removing the same by using a device such as a razor. Swanky equipment cannot solve the problems of razor burns or bumps; rather, the right knowledge of shaving or classic shaving is all that you need.
A Basic Classic Shaving Kit
While the straight razor might be a bit dangerous to use for a novice, you can always replace the same with a simple two-way razor. It is a simple contraption with a handle for grasping and a blade enclosure into which, you can insert a sharp, double-edged, stainless steel blade. This is a simple process, and you only need to make sure that you change the blade after consequent shaves every time.
The next item on the list of the classic shaving kit is the shaving cream or a bar of soap. Soap is known to take a lot of time to cause the amount of lather when compared to cream, and moreover, the latter does not leave the face dry and stretchy like the former. Therefore, if you are not too keen on the soap bit, then you could always go for a quality shaving cream.
The next item required for classic shaving is the shaving brush. To get the best effect, it is advisable to go for a high-grade brush with badger bristles. They are very comfortable on the skin and produce a rich lathering experience.
Finally, keep alcohol based antiseptic handy to deal with cuts. Aftershaves can also be tried out here.
Start your classic shaving operation by washing your face thoroughly with warm water to soften the facial hair. While holding the brush under the faucet let it absorb as much of the hot water as possible.
Then, swirl the bristles on top of a soap bar continuously so that the soapy formation gathers on the tip of the bristles. Then, gently move the brush on your face in the same way a painter uses the brush to paint a room. Occasionally, swirl it at the chin and lower beck areas to create more lather. After having done it for more than a few minutes, you will have soaked the hairs properly.
Now, gently use the razor in a “top to bottom” manner and make the first pass at the entire area having facial hair. Then, repeat the same lathering procedure with the brush and perform a second pass with the razor. Clean your face and the equipment thoroughly. If need be, apply a bit of aftershave or antiseptic on the face, and your classic shaving is done.
You might need some practice, but once you get the hang of it, you will enjoy the experience of classic shaving more than any other shaving method you applied earlier.