Published on 21st February 2017
How to achieve the perfect shave at home:
For many years the traditional wet shave has been an acceptable means of pampering for men all over the globe. And with barbering’s popularity boosted by current fashion trends, chaps are desperately searching for ways to re-enact this luxury in the comfort of their own homes.
Luckily, our good friends at The Bluebeards Revenge have put together a guide to help us achieve the perfect home shave.
Put simply, the perfect home shave can be broken down into three steps: preparation, the shave, and post-shave skin protection.
Hot towels are used in barbershops to soften the follicles of your facial hair, producing a shave with less razor resistance and irritation. At home, this can be achieved by taking a hot shower and/or shaving with warm water.
Removing impurities and build ups of dirt that cling to the skin and facial hair with a mild face scrub will also help to produce a better overall shave.
Finally, use a pre-shave oil to moisturise your face and beard prior to applying a shaving cream. Pre-shave oil provides a crucial layer of lubrication that helps to reduce the resistance your razor comes up against. It also helps to protect your skin from cuts during your shave.
Combining a shaving brush with a rich, luxurious shaving cream will allow you to reach the same levels of relaxation that are achieved in your local barber shop.
An almond-sized dollop of The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream will whip up a fantastic lather when added to a little water. Spread this across your face with a shaving brush to exfoliate the skin while lifting stubborn hairs in preparation for your first pass.
A quality razor with a sharp blade is essential when in the pursuit of a fine shave too. Whether it’s a double-edge safety razor, a straight razor, or a modern cartridge razor, make sure you start your first pass by shaving in the direction of your hair’s natural growth. Then shave across the grain, and finally against it. With every change of direction it’s important to re-lather.
If your skin is a tad sensitive, then a three-pass shave may not be for you, so avoid shaving against the grain.
Always start by rinsing your face with cold water to help close the skin’s pores and remove any excess shaving cream.
Hopefully you’ll finish your shave cut-free. But if not, then seek the help of an alum block. Alum blocks help to seal cuts and are a great first step in protecting your skin post-shave. Nothing looks more ridiculous than wads of toilet paper clinging to your face, and an alum block will certainly remove this embarrassment. But be warned, they sting a little upon application.
Finish your manly pampering session by applying a quality post-shave balm to help reduce irritation and redness in between shaves. When selecting a post-shave balm, always look for ingredients that possess a ‘cooling’ effect, such as Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, or even Prickly Pear!
This blog post has been written by our good friends at The Bluebeards- Revenge www.bluebeards-revenge.co.uk