Zen and the art of Wet Shaving
Greetings to all our manly gentlemen, wherever you may be!
It’s a shared brotherhood and we want to give you some really helpful tips (only three) to make you ‘wet shave’ that classic old-school experience. Filled with rich aromas and textures definitive of the quintessential barbershop experience.
Tip number one: Make time to take your time
The frantic world we live in is a spiraling disaster waiting to happen if folks like us don’t make a concerted effort to be mindful as we go through our lives. Folks assume routines deserve little homage paid, and we couldn’t disagree more.
Men of distinction we are, and as men of class and pride, we want to strip our mugs of unwanted fur with all pomp and circumstance.
So our first tip is probably the most important: make sure you can execute all those well-worn actions of men over ages without having the space invaded by unwanted distractions (think kids, pets, wives, girlfriends etc.).
Cultivate an almost ceremonial attitude to your wet shaving routine and you’ll notice a deep sense of purpose and esteem lingers for the remainder of your day.
Tip number two: Buy or build your own wet shaving toolkit
You’re taking the time to be present with yourself and emulate a routine that connects deeply with your manly sensibilities. None of that matters if your gear lies strewn across the en suite! Your tools should have a dedicated and unique place in the wardrobe where you keep your pocket knife collection and grandpa’s war medals.
Start now and get into the habit of creating your own collection of manly gear by purchasing a dedicated shaving kit or making a wooden box in which you keep your wet shaving tools.
Tip number three: Care for your wet shaving gear as if they were your children
In this quick-fix Instagrammatic world, the art of maintenance is taking its last breath. There is a significant increase in self-worth a man can cultivate by simply committing to a regular maintenance routine. And we mean the cleaning and caring of your shaving tools (leather shoes and that red mustang too).
If you have a wooden box of some kind, it’s important to dry everything before returning it to storage. Use a soapy cloth to return that just-bought brand-spanking new look to your wet shave razor. Your beautiful badger hair shaving brush isn’t going to make its 10–15 year shelf life left in a dark moldy corner of your cupboard.
After each use, rinse off the shaving cream, gently squeeze out the water and hang it upside down (on its holder) to dry completely. A warm soapy cloth can restore the shine and luster of the wooden handle in no time.
We hope that these three simple steps will go a long way to galvanizing a more thoughtful approach to your wet shave at home.
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