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Safety razors come in several styles — double-edge, Mach 3, butterfly top. What is a novice shaver to do?
A classic or double-edge safety razor is a popular choice, both among novice and more experienced wet shavers. This type of shaver has a sturdy handle and is easy to use and extremely safe. A blade typically lasts about a week, and replacement blades are inexpensive and easy to find.
Many guys switch from multi-blade cartridges to double-edge safety razors. Besides getting an improved shave with less skin irritation, most men quickly notice a significant cost saving.
Classy razors that use mach 3 razors are widely available, and Amazing Shaving offers a large selection. These safety razors are for the many who likes the multi-blade shave and convenience of cartridges. Many men with sensitive skin swear by their mach 3 razors!
A butterfly top razor features the classic twist-to-open razor replacement mechanism. These razors use standard double-edged blades and are a great choice for the traditionalist or anyone who simply likes the style.
Some razors are described as having a comb or “teeth.” These are great for guys with thick, tough beards. They provide a close, smooth shave.
Razor style isn’t the only choice you’ll make in selecting your razor. Razors come with short or long handles, slender or chunky, and in a variety of materials and finishes. As with every detail of your shave experience, choosing a style is a matter of personal preference and comfort.
Shaving with a double-edge razor (safety razor)
Start your shave off right — with a thick, rich lather. Apply the minimum amount of pressure to get results, and angle the razor's handle away from your face.
Start with the top of razor directly against your cheek, with the handle perfectly parallel with the floor. At this angle, no part of the blade is in contact with your face. Now, slowly lower the handle to where the blade can just cut the hair — usually about a 30 degree angle. Using light pressure helps prevent razor burn. Allowing the safety bar to touch your skin first and adjusting the angle of the handle will help prevent nicks and cuts.
Keep your razor strokes very short at first. Make one swipe up followed by a swipe down over each area. As you become more comfortable using a double-edge razor, your technique will improve. If you add strokes to get a closer shave, be sure to re-lather and keep your skin wet.
Shave the cheeks first, leaving leave the neck, chin and upper lip for last. This gives your shaving soap more time to soften these tough areas. As you shave, use your free hand to keep your skin stretched taut to create a smooth surface for the razor. Finally, shave against the grain at the end to remove those last few stubborn hairs.
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