I’ve read a few articles about “wet shaving“, which is basically the old school method of shaving your face. You can use either your standard cartridge razor (Gillette, Schick, etc.) 0r a vintage “double-edged” razor (that uses actual razor blades). The shaving process is much more detailed and lengthy, but you get the closest shave you’ll ever get by doing it, and that’s what has made me interested.
Here’s a great video about wet shaving in 10 minutes with a double-edged razor. Also note that in Part 3 down below, you can get a close shave with a cartridge razor, but you really need to be careful when going against the grain as these razors weren’t angled or sized for that purpose.
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While you might not be able to tell the difference between the before and after, your wife or girlfriend definitely will! Personally, I have a 5 o’clock shadow at 9am, even when using the Gilette Fusion razor, which has 5 blades. My facial hair is just too thick and dark, and I’m looking for better ways to get a clean, close shave.
Here’s a whole video series he posted about wet shaving:
Introduction to Traditional Wetshaving, Part 1: Concepts
Introduction to Traditional Wetshaving, Part 2: Lathering
Introduction to Traditional Wetshaving, Part 3: Shaving
I’ll let you all know if I try it out, but the initial startup costs (and selection) are a bit daunting, as is the amount of water I’ll use versus my current shaving method (Gillette gel lotion and Fusion razor). But I’m always up for a good challenge.
Let me know if YOU wet shave, and how it works. Also, let me know what products you recommend!