When using a safety razor, there are some common mistakes that people often make.Often times these mistakes are the same when using plastic disposable razors.
Here are a few of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them:
Not prepping the skin:
Not properly prepping the skin for shaving is a common mistake that can lead to irritation and razor burn. It's important to wash your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser to soften the hairs and open up the pores. Shaving in or right after a shower works best.
Applying too much pressure:
One of the most common mistakes people make when using a safety razor is applying too much pressure. This can lead to nicks, cuts, and razor burn. To avoid this, use a light touch when shaving and let the weight of the razor do the work.
Using the wrong angle:
The angle at which the razor is held is crucial when using a safety razor. If the angle is too steep, the blade will not cut properly, and if the angle is too shallow, it can cause irritation.
The ideal blade angle is around 27-30 degrees, so try to keep the razor blade at this angle while shaving. We designed our Cx double edge safety razor to be at a natural 45 degrees to the skin when shaving, with the handle at this angle the blade will be at +/-28 degrees.
Shaving against the grain:
Shaving against the grain can cause irritation and ingrown hairs. It's best to shave with the grain, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Not changing the blade:
A dull blade can cause irritation and uneven cuts, so it's important to change the blade regularly. Most double edge safety razor blades can last between 3 to 5 shaves, the same is true for plastic disposable razors, but this can vary depending on the blade, your shaving habits and your hair type.
Using the wrong shaving products:
Using the wrong shaving cream, soap, or aftershave can also cause irritation. Make sure to choose products that are designed for use with a safety razor and that work well with your skin type.
Skipping your post-shave:
Aftershave(controversial) or a skin balm can help soothe the skin and prevent irritation after shaving. It's important to choose a post-shave product that is alcohol-free and designed for your skin type. Regardless make sure to rinse with clean, fresh, cold water after a shave to close the pores.
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure a smooth and comfortable shave with a safety razor(or plastic disposable shaver). Remember to use a light touch, keep the razor at the right angle, shave with the grain, change the blade regularly, and use the right shaving products for your skin type.
Your not sure what your hair type is?
When considering how to shave, it's important to take into account your hair type as it can affect the type of razor and technique you use. Here are the most common hair types that men may have:
Straight hair is generally the easiest hair type to shave as it grows in a uniform direction and is less prone to ingrown hairs. A safety razor or cartridge razor can work well for this hair type.
Curly hair can be more difficult to shave as it can grow in multiple directions and is more prone to ingrown hairs. It's important to shave with the grain and use a razor with a single blade to get a close shave without irritation. Multiple blades are the leading cause of ingrown hairs.
Coarse hair is thick and can be difficult to cut, especially if it's dry or curly. A safety razor with a sharp blade can work well for this hair type, but it's important to use pre-shave oil and shaving cream to soften the hair.
Thin hair can be easier to shave, but it's important to use a gentle touch and avoid pressing too hard with the razor. A light weight titanium safety razor or cartridge razor can work well for this hair type.
Dense hair is thick and grows close together, which can make it difficult to shave without irritation. It's important to use a sharp razor blade and shaving cream or soap that provides adequate lubrication.
By understanding your hair type and how it affects your shave, you can choose the right razor and technique to achieve a smooth and comfortable shave.
You are unclear which direction your hair grows?
The direction that men's hair grows can vary depending on the individual, but in general, hair on the face and neck tends to grow in the following directions:
Hair on the cheeks and jawline tends to grow downward.
Hair on the neck can grow upward or in a circular pattern.
Hair on the chin may grow sideways or in a diagonal direction.
When shaving on your first pass, it's important to shave in the direction of hair growth, which is known as shaving with the grain. Shaving against the grain can lead to irritation, ingrown hairs, and a rough shave. Below is a diagram of my first pass shave on my face(with the grain):
The hair types that make it hardest to shave are usually curly or coarse hair types. Curly hair can grow in multiple directions, which can make it difficult to shave without causing irritation or ingrown hairs.
Coarse hair is thick and can be difficult to cut, especially if it's dry or curly. It's important to use a sharp razor and a pre-shave oil or cream to soften the hair and make it easier to shave.
How often should I change my blade on a safety razor?
The frequency of blade changes for a safety razor will depend on several factors, including how often you shave, the thickness and coarseness of your hair, and the type of blade you use. As a general guideline, it's recommended to change your blade every 5-7 shaves at a minimum or as soon as you notice any signs of dullness or tugging.
It's important to change your blade regularly to ensure a smooth and comfortable shave, as a dull blade can cause irritation, nicks, and cuts. Additionally, using a dull blade can increase the risk of ingrown hairs, as it may not be able to cut the hair cleanly instead it can pull the hair out causing an ingrown hair.
To extend the life of your razor blade, it's important to rinse it thoroughly after each use and store it in a dry place. Avoid leaving your razor blade in a wet or damp area, as this can cause rust and corrosion on the blade. By following these guidelines and changing your blade regularly, you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable shave every time.
You are likely shaving using a plastic razor.
There are several reasons why most people do not use a Stainless Steel high-quality Safety Razor for shaving:
Disposable cartridge razors are widely available and can be purchased at most drugstores or supermarkets. They are also easy to use and require minimal maintenance, as the blade is already attached to the razor.
While safety razors are cost-effective when measured over a longer time, they require an upfront investment to purchase the razor, blades, and other shaving supplies. Disposable cartridge razors, on the other hand, can be purchased for a relatively low initial cost at your local grocery store.
Using a safety razor requires a little bit of practice and technique to achieve a smooth and comfortable shave. Some people may find it intimidating or difficult to use, especially if they are used to using disposable cartridge razors. Your grandparents(including your grandma) shaved this way...it is not hard to pick up the technique!
Many shaving companies heavily market disposable cartridge razors, which can make them seem like the default or best option for shaving. This can make it more difficult for people to consider alternative shaving methods.
Despite these reasons, there has been a recent resurgence in the use of safety razors as more people become aware of their benefits, including cost-effectiveness, environmental sustainability, and a closer and more comfortable shave.
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