Wet shaving has been increasing in popularity in today’s culture. There are many different products, opinions, and techniques out there. However, we are going to cover purchasing a safety razor in this blog. The world of shaving can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate, especially if you’re new to wet shaving. This blog will help give you a starting point to your journey, however, in the end it is all up to you and your preferences.
What is it? How does it work? What kind should I buy?
To sum it up a safety razor is basically a single blade razor that uses disposable blades. There are thousands of safety razor models, brands, and types out there to choose from. They vary from size, shape, texture, weight, color, price and so on. So, what one should you choose? Well, that all depends on your preference, budget, and skin type. I been using a safety razor for the last couple years that I paid around thirty dollars for. It has worked flawlessly and I have no complaints. I have sensitive skin so when I wet shave I need to use a less aggressive safety razor. You may have skin that can endure a more aggressive razor. Which brings me back to my point of it all depends on your preference and skin type.
To start off with, I recommend staying in the twenty-five to fifty-dollar range when considering purchasing a safety razor. You may be tempted to go out and spend two hundred dollars on a safety razor thinking it will deliver the best shave for you. However, this may not be the case. I personally went through a couple safety razors before I landed on the one that gave me the best shave.
Another thing to consider when picking out a safety razor is the aggressiveness of the razor itself. Some give closer shaves than others, which could irritate your skin. My advice to you is go online and do some research on razors that you’re interested in as well as read reviews of the product to see how the razor performs. There’s no fool proof way of finding the best razor right at the beginning, however, this will increase your chances.
Lastly, we need to discuss the disposable blades that you use in the actual razor. Once again, there are several brands out there today producing safety razor blades. You may be asking yourself, what’s the difference a razor is a razor? In theory, this is true, a blade is a blade. They are all sharp and will all shave your face. But they all perform different with the razor that you’re using, the thickness of your facial hair, and your skin type. The good news is that disposable blades are cheap to purchase and there are many sites out there where you’re able to purchase a variety pack of blades to test them out to see which ones work the best for you.
If you’re like me, shaving used to be a chore that I dreaded doing with the cartridge razors. These claim to give you a smoother shave with multiple blades.
However, after switching to a safety razor, it is a night and day difference. I, personally, have a very coarse beard as well as sensitive skin, which causes easy irritation. After trialing different types of razors and researching the best shaving techniques for men, I discovered that the cartridge razors tug at your hair due to the multiple blades. They also catch the hair follicles in between the blades, which causes irritation, ingrown hairs, and a painful shaving experience. The difference between the cartridge razor and safety razor is that only one blade is needed in the safety razor. This reduces the tugging for a smoother shave, less irritation, and healthier skin. The key to a smoother shave is not more blades; it is skin prep, multiple passes with the single blade, and after shave skin care. Traditionally, this is why single blades were used during the creation of the art of shaving.
To sum things up, the choice of using a safety razor is up to you and your preferences. The best advice that I have for you is to research and try different products. There will be some trial and error, but once you get the right combination of razor and blades you will be set up for success.