The Art of Shaving Safety Razor

For those beginning their journey into learning how to properly shave and groom their beards and mustaches, a shaving safety razor is a great tool to have. A safety razor is simply a razor which has two small guards on each side of the blade to protect the skin from any small cuts caused by the blade. A shaving safety razor blade can be either a single blade or a double-bladed razor. Oftentimes the guards on these blades are plastic, although sometimes they can be metal.
The first step in shaving with a safety razor is to first trim long, thick, and coarse hair from the beard and mustache. A safety razor cannot effectively cut through hair that’s over more than an inch long, and attempting to shave large, thick patches of long, coarse hair will oftentimes make the blades of the razor dull. After the beard and mustache areas of the face have been trimmed to no more than an inch, perferably 1/2 an inch, the next step is to clean and sanitize the area.
Using a small mustache comb, the hair should be combed in the direction of the hair growth to remove any debris. Next, the area to be shaved needs to be properly cleansed and sanitized by using any type of facial cleasner with water. After wetting the face, apply the facial cleanser to the finger tips of each hand and begin to thoroughly cleanse the face, beard, and mustache area with circular motions. Next, rinse the area clean, and gently pat excess water away.
With the skin still wet, the next step is to apply shaving lotion.( Remember not to use too much lotion or gel). Next using the safety razor, shave the far outer region of the desired area by holding the skin taut with the other hand, and apply firm pressure as you use steady, straight, upward strokes. (Always, remember to shave in the opposite direction of the hair growth). After one stroke has been completed, repeat on the opposite side of the face to ensure an even appearance. As you shave, make sure to thoroughly rinse the blade and remove the hair from the blade by rinsing it in water and firmly striking it against a hard surface to dislodge the hair from the blades.
After completing these steps, make sure to double check the area for any stray hairs or ingrown hairs. Shave away the stray hairs, and use tweezers to pull the ingrown hairs to the surface of the face. The ingrown hairs can either be plucked or shaved away. Finally, follow-up with an after shave or an anti-septic, such as witch hazel or alcohol, to prevent any infections during the shaving process.
Now that you’ve mastered the art of shaving safety razor, your final look should be razor blade sharp!

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