How do you shave with a safety razor?


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Shaving with a safety razor can be tricky if you're new to it. However, according to The Art of Manliness, switching from a cheap, disposable razor to a safety razor is a major upgrade. You need a double-edged safety razor, straight razors, a shaving brush and shaving cream.

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  1. Prep your face

    The best time to shave is right after you get out of the shower because your facial hair will be warm and soft. If you don't want to shower, you can warm and soften your facial hair by using a hot towel. Pre-soak your shaving brush in warm water.

  2. Lather your beard

    Place your favorite shaving cream in a mug or bowl. You only need about a nickel-sized drop. Take your pre-soaked shaving brush, and swirl the cream around until you have a nice, thick lather. Apply the cream to your face using swirling motions, then make long strokes to smooth it out.

  3. Begin to shave

    Using as little pressure as possible, angle the blade away from your face, and shave with the grain of your facial hair. Aim for beard reduction, not removal. Though not as simple as using a disposable razor, shaving with a safety razor produces a cleaner and closer shave.

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