As you know, we are all for wet shaving and the more folk we can convert to the cause the more stoked we are!
But, as with any new skill, and particularly one that uses sharp and specialized equipment, there’s bound to be hiccups along the way.
So, in keeping with our mission to get more men wet shaving, allow us to guide our intrepid newbies (the oldies can learn something too) to cross territory that could potentially derail you before your first week of wet shaving has even finished.
Mistake #1: Using the Same Blade Angle as Your Cartridge Blade Setup
Tempted to replicate the same angle as you used when using your disposable setup will only cause the double edged blade to be too steep and result in nicks and shaving rashes galore.
For the correct blade angle, simply rest the back of your safety razor on your skin and roll it down until the blade makes contact with the skin.
Mistake #2: Shaving an Area Twice and Not Reapplying the Lather
There will come a time when you are rushed to get the wet shave done, and after a quick treatment of the neck line, discover it reveals mediocre results. Meaning the stubble is not sufficiently removed.
Many men, at this point, will pass over the area again without reapplication of lather. This is a mistake and should be avoided at all costs.
Mistake #3: Not Rinsing the Excess Water from Your Safety Razor between Strokes.
As with most of the mistakes mentioned here, impatience and rushing your routine is at the heart of the issue. Take your time!
When one fails to sufficiently drain the water from your safety razor between strokes, you end up rinsing your hard earned lather from your face before the blade has even had a chance to shave that area.
Mistake #4: Not Getting the Lather Right
Learning the feel and texture of optimum lather is a skill in itself. You’ll (like many before you) be tempted to abandon the entire rigmarole, but don’t, persevere because the rewards are amazing.
Lathering is one of those skills that come with time, and a common mistake is to work with a pasty borderline dry lather without any attempt to soften it up with a dab of water from the basin. Equally common is a sloppy watered down lather that lacking robustness, will fail to provide sufficient glide to your blade with less than optimum closeness and an increased risk of razor burn.
Mistake #5: Not listening closely to Your Safety Razor
We’re ok with turning a deaf ear to the wife or girlfriend, we even understand how necessary this can be (a man needs his solitude), but gents never ever close them ears to the sound of your silver safety razor blade as it traverses the contours of your face. The idea with the changes in sound is that as the stubble changes growth pattern direction, the sound the blade makes changes too.
In a nutshell, when you going against the grain (a bad thing) you will hear a scraping sound and that’s when it’s time to stop and change direction. Remember folks, if the tap is running the chances of hearing these subtle changes is slim. Shave in a quiet space with the tap off.
Mistake #6: Lathering Your Mug like A Girl
The stubble that drills through your skin is tough and it requires a firm hand, often firmer than any newbie imagines to actually and effectively marinate those nooks and crannies with the precious blade lubricating self-made lather. No point mastering a rich luxurious lather but coming short in the application.
If a close shave is your priority (and it should be) then it’s only a firm swirling motion of your badger hair brush that will get the lather deep enough around the stubble root, to allow an exquisitely close blade to glide.
Mistake #7: Taking your Blade Where No Blade Has Gone Before
Guys, we know safety razor blades are not the cheapest consumable on the market. No matter how tempted you are (the funds are low and pay day is still a week away), we implore our wet shavers to not extend the use of their blades.
The reason being, that awesome close shave you’ve become addicted too, is going to require more pressure and many more passes to achieve with a blade that’s officially past its sell by date. That, my friends, is a guarantee for razor burn and increased likelihood of nicking yourself.
We sincerely wish all our wet shavers great success navigating these and others (let us know), potential wet shaving dilemmas.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the read and we look forward to hear about some of the problems you have encountered on your road to wet shaving mastery and how you overcame them.