The Men's Room

Shaving by Chris MaverickSo I shaved a few guys recently none of whom have ever experienced a straight razor shave.  Prior to starting any shave, I generally ask a few questions about my clients shaving practices at home. During this discussion, I discovered that all of them mentioned they “dry shave”.  Simply put, they use their razor blade without the assistance of any lubricating agent – no water, shave cream, pre-shave oil…nothing!  “Why?” I asked. Their reason, “too many products to choose from, besides, any other way takes too much time”…(Don’t worry, I brought them up to speed!)

Now, if three random guys follow this logic then there must be more out there…right?

So guys.  No matter how little time you have in the morning, there is absolutely nothing practical about “dry shaving,” unless it is with an electric shaver which makes better and “safer” sense.  

Moisture is important.  Warm water, with the help of your favorite pre-shave oil, and shave cream, softens the beard and skin, making the shave closer and much more comfortable.  Considering a layer of skin is removed each time you shave, these items are designed to protect your skin from the blade, thereby making this process as painless as possible.  

The days of the hard leather cowboy face are gone.  Warm water, pre-shave oil, and shave cream, three simple steps for keeping your face smooth and that special someone staring!

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  1. adrian April 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    So I currently shave my face with the outliner that I use for my hair? Should I be doing this? I have found that when I use razors I get a smoth shave but I also get bumps as the hair begins to grow back. One reason I use the outliner. If the outliner is okay to use should I use a pre shave oil? Thanks in advanced.


    • Craig the Barber April 26, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      Adrian, this is a great question! If the Outliner works best for your face (for shaving and preventing ingrown hairs), then you should definitely continue using it. As for a pre-shave solution… The best product on the market for getting a closer and more comfortable shave with trimmers or electric shavers would be an electric shave solution. Here is a post that mentions a few:

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