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How to Maintain a High Quality Shaving Set

Disposable razors and other modern shaving tools don’t require much maintenance. When your blade starts to dull, you simply throw it out and replace it. If you have made the effort, however, to expand your shaving horizons, you probably went out and bought a shaving set that consists of a safety razor or straight razor, as well as a brush and some other odds and ends.

Both types of razors require some amount of maintenance if you want them to last awhile. Similarly, nice shaving brushes can be a bit pricey, thus also requiring upkeep so that you do not need to replace it nearly so often. A classic shaving set can be a costly endeavor. Even some sets consisting of only a razor, brush, and stand can be worth hundreds of dollars. If you don’t learn about the proper care required for these tools, you will soon find that they become damaged and lose considerable amounts of quality.

Safety Razors

Safety razors may be considered a bit of a “downgrade” compared to nice straight razors, but they are still quite costly and some are even fairly nice. Some men might even prefer to use a safety razor regularly rather than hassle with the finesse required by straight razors. Just because these safety razors aren’t quite the same, however, it does not follow that they should not be well looked after. The proper maintenance of a safety razor requires that you clean it regularly.

By cleaning all of the moving parts, you ensure that no soap residue remains on the razor. If you replace the blade, it is suggested that you take the razor apart as much as possible and thoroughly clean all of the areas you may not have been able to reach before. Also, make sure that you are aware of the water you use to clean the razor. Hard water may also cause damage to a safety razor. Rather than stress about finding the right water to use, just make sure that the razor is soaked in decalcifying solution regularly. Many websites can explain how to do this correctly, so as to avoid any other possible damages to the razor.

Straight Razors

Unlike safety razors, straight razors do not require such high maintenance. (Surprising, right?) Although you should be sure to rinse the blade, it is not recommended that you wash it constantly to ensure its quality. When you do not regularly use a straight razor, however, there is a precaution you must take with the blade. An unused straight razor should be burnished with a light oil to preserve its quality.

The razor must also be stored in an area that is dry and airy. Aside from these maintenance tips, you should also think about whetting and sharpening the blade. Many sources differ—simply find a source that is reliable and read up. You may also find a vendor who deals with straight razors. The employees will certainly have suggestions for keeping up the quality of their products.

Brushes

The last tool in a shaving set that must be well looked after is the brush. The rules for maintaining a brush are simple: wash it thoroughly; dry it completely every few days; do not move the brush in circular motions; do not put too much pressure on it; and, lastly, store wet brushes in a place that they can be air-dried. If you follow these instructions, your shaving kit will surely last much longer than you think.

How To Use A Shaving Brush

Have you been interested in using a traditional straight razor and shaving brush, but been slightly intimidated by the seemingly complicated process? Using a shaving brush is actually much easier than it might appear. Yes, your first few tries might be messy (those cuts from your first attempts may become proud battle wounds); however, this shouldn’t deter your from investigating your options when it comes to using an old-school shaving brush. So whether you’re simply just curious as to how shaving brushes work or you’re ready to take the plunge and try it for yourself, here are a few quick tips that will help you get off on the right foot. Although your first few tries may be messy (and even comical), with a little practice and the right brush, you’ll be a pro in no time.

Hot Water Is Your Best Friend

Before you even begin to put the brush to your face, there are a few things you need to do beforehand to prep both the brush and your skin. First, soak the brush in hot (not warm or lukewarm—it must be hot) water for a couple of seconds. The moisture absorbed by the brush is what interacts with your shaving gel to create the perfect lather. Yet before you get to that step, there are still a few more things that you need to do. You’re probably familiar with the practice of barbers soaking their clients’ faces with a hot towel before shaving, right? This step isn’t just a luxury; the reason barbers do this is to open up the pores of the skin, which simultaneously moisturizes the skin and softens bristly facial hair. So before you begin to even use your shaving brush, soak your face with a hot towel. Another option is to shave immediately after showering. Whichever you decide to do, absolutely don’t skip out on this important step.

Drain and Dip the Brush

Next, tilt your brush upside down to allow excess water to drain from the bristles. After you’ve done this, carefully dip just the tip of the brush into a shaving gel that is glycerin-based (this is critical). Gently swirl the brush back and forth until the gel begins to lather; make sure that only the tip of the brush is being covered with the latherl. After you’ve done this, you’re ready to apply the lather to your face. Simply apply the lather by using vertical, up-and-down strokes until your entire beard is covered; avoid rough strokes that can irritate your skin. Shaving brushes that are well made will make this step easy; if you’re using a cheap brush, however, you may encounter difficulties. It’s critical that you make sure that you lather your face evenly; too much lather on one side or too little on one side will result in an uneven shave. Don’t rush this step, especially if it’s your first time. Take a few extra minutes to ensure that the lather is spread evenly across your face. After this, you’re ready to begin shaving.