There is something satisfying about evolving your shaving experience into a ritual. For me, the shaving ritual is a very calming thing. Going through the motions, taking the time to care for your beard hardware and more importantly yourself is extremely calming. In a house full of kids and pets it’s few of fleeting moments I have to just enjoy some personal time and reflect.
Last year I decided I would seek out a blade that would help me maintain the cheek and neck lines of my beard more precisely. After some research I found that a straight razor, albeit pricey was my best option.
This purchase has since evolved into the following;
- Warm up face and beard with hot water.
- Warm up a couple drops of shaving oil by rubbing in palm.
- Rub shaving oil into cheeks. I use shaving oil because it’s clear and makes it easier to be precise when shaving to the line.
- Draw in lines to shave to on the cheek.
- Lather shaving soap in scuttle for my neck – I do this because the skin on my neck is sensitive and the shave gel isn’t enough.
- Shave with straight razor
- Wash straight razor
- Dry Straight razor
- Use leather strop to sharpen blade
- Use a drop of blade oil to coat and protect the straight razor blade.
This may sound like a lot, but the entire process is less than 15 minutes.
Here’s a shot of my set with everything included in this post. All items purchased at a local shop I love. You can check them out at https://www.kentofinglewood.com