Wet shaving is something that has been around for centuries. Removing facial hair started 100,000 years ago with the cavemen. Cavemen would pluck hairs from their face to prevent themselves from getting frost bite. About 6,000 years ago the Egyptians started to use cream and would then use pumice stones to remove the hair. They later switched to basic metal razors to get rid of stubble. 2,300 years ago Alexander the Great influenced the Romans and Greeks to shave their faces and beards because he believed a long beard or hair was a liability in war. The 18th and 19th century saw the first ever straight razor and safety razor which were marketed by the Kampfe Brothers. In 1904, King C. Gillette patented the first modern double edged safety razor defined by its replaceable double edge blade technology. In 1971 the wet shave industry was turned upside down. Gillette introduced the first ever cartridge razor. The defining feature was a removable 2 blade cartridge with a permanent handle. Since 1971, cartridge based razors have evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry. They are by far the most popular razor in the world but they come at a major cost. These cartridges are infested with plastic and billions of them end up in landfills across the world because they cannot be recycled. That is a huge difference compared to wet shaving because everything used with wet shaving can be recycled. In 2005, there was a defining moment in the wet shave industry. Corey Greenberg's appearance on the Today Show put a major jolt into wet shaving. Around that time, there was also a huge emergence of traditional wet shaving forums and websites including the first ever shaving forum. Shave My Face was created in 2004 and Badger & Blade was created in 2005. There is no doubt that traditional wet shaving is on the rise again. The Art of Shaving reported a 1000% increase in safety razor sales from 2009 to 2014. There has also been an upsurge of new manufacturers of soap and brushes.
What is Needed?
Water is the most important part when it comes to "wet" shaving. Water softens the hairs on your face and allows a smoother shave. The water should be warm which is why men have traditionally shaved after they get out of the shower. This is ideal but you could always splash some hot water on your face or place a warm, moist towel on your face as well. Water is also used to create your lather. It's ideal to have your brush soaking wet before you use it with any soaps or creams.
2. Soaps or Creams
Soaps and creams are very important in wet shaving. They are mixed with water and lathered on to your face to create a smooth shaving experience. Both soaps and creams can be mixed in shave bowl and comes down to preference. Cool whip is what you want your soaps and creams to look like so it might take a little time to figure out the perfect combinations.
3. Shave Brush
A brush is important because that is what is used to create your lather. You want to make sure your brush is soaking wet before you begin to mix the cream or soap. The type of brush is all based on preference. If you typically like to use creams then you should use a softer brush and if you prefer soaps, you should use a thicker brush to help mix the soap better. Just like your razor, a brush is something that could last you many years as long as you take care of it. Be sure to rinse your brush thoroughly and get any excess water out after you are finished shaving.
A safety razor is different from a cartridge razor for many reasons. The first reason is what the razors are made out of. Safety razors are typically made of chrome or stainless steel and cartridge razors are made of plastic. Since safety razors are much more durable, they can last decades if you take care of them. You are lucky to even get a few months out of cartridge razor. Another major factor is how many blades are used. A safety razor uses 1 double edged blade which means both sides of the razor can be used to save time. A cartridge razor will have 3 to 4 mini blades that has to be rinsed off after each pass. 1 double edged blade will work perfectly as long as it is sharp. Luckily its very easy to change out a single blade so that should never be an issue. Raking your face with 5 blades at one time is terrible for your skin. 5 blades look great on paper but when you actually realize these major shave companies only added more blades to make you pay more them. If there is one thing you should know about safety razors it is that less is more.
5. Razor Blades
Razor blades are important for many reasons. The blade itself is what is used to shave the hairs. It is important to never shave with a dull blade so that you can maximize every shave. Safety razors use double edged blazes meaning you can make two passes without having to rinse off your blade. Razor blades are very easy to replace but just be very careful because they are extremely sharp on both sides. There are several different brands and styles so choose which one you think is best for you. Buying in bulk will save you a lot of money over time with our bulk discount rates.
Aftershave is important for many reasons. When you have finished your shave, you need to splash come cold water on your face and then apply aftershave to close up those pores on your face. There is traditional aftershave and then there is alcohol-free aftershave, If you have sensitive skin we highly recommend using alcohol-free aftershave to prevent your face from burning. Unlike cologne, aftershave wont put off a smell all day long, It makes your face feel good with a short term smell and then goes away so you don't have to worry about your co-workers freaking out. There are many different aftershaves out there so we recommend finding out which one fits you best and sticking with it.
There are multiple types of accessories for wet shaving. Shave bowls are used to house your shave creams and soaps. This allows for a nice lather and easy clean up. Keeping your brush on a stand allows it to dry how its supposed to and keeping your razor at an incline prevents dust and lint from getting inside of it.