Wet shaving is a traditional practice performed for centuries to the great satisfaction of many men all over the world. This traditional practice can be raised to artistic levels with careful application of finely honed techniques with equal increases in satisfaction and refined results.
Let’s look at five (5) traditional wet shaving techniques that you can put to great use starting today.
Smoothing things over…
If simplicity and ease of use is your thing, then you are going to embrace our first technique with open arms. With your double edged razor in one hand use the free hand to pull the skin just in front of the blade as tightly as possible.
By doing this you iron out any skin creases or folds that may limit the reach of the blade.
What this ultimately does is allow the blade closer to the hair shaft and skin interface incredibly close shaving as a result.
Add some grit to your cream
Men are notoriously scared of exfoliating. Not for the action but rather what they believe it says about their manly ways. We say, ‘Drop the macho BS!’, and look at the science.
Your skin is renewing itself on a daily basis and the use of an exfoliant expedites this natural process, promoting skin resilience and an overall healthier skin. Add a small volume of exfoliant to your shaving cream, mix thoroughly and then massage into your stubble. This will soften your hair, ease the wet shave process and provide a much needed renewal boosting stimuli to dead and lifeless skin.
So this is a really cool technique for getting those small stubborn hairs that are left when the blade reaches the end of its down stroke. With what looks like a flick of the wrist (see video) the blade is drawn down (as per normal) but at the conclusion of the downward stroke is twisted up (forming the hook in the ‘j’). This maneuver facilitates a swift close blade pattern that has remarkable results.
This is a straightforward technique that will annihilate any and all stubborn, or particularly thick, areas of hair. The method itself is ridiculously easy and what it amounts to is a repetitive back and forth motion of the blade.
If you are using a safety razor then we suggest that you lift the blade from your face between each stroke (not essential when using a multi-blade). Make sure that the pressure you are using isn’t over the top. For a demonstration of the technique look here.
Slide like Gillette
Taken from a vintage Gillette advertorial, the ‘Gillette slide’ is so named for the angle (think side view of park slide) at which the blade is drawn along the face or neck. The conventional way is to maintain the blade width along the full extent of your stroke. In contrast the Gillette slide widens laterally along your stroke trajectory. For a closer look at this advanced technique click here.
There you have it gentlemen, five fabulous wet shave techniques to take your wet shave to artistic heights.