West Coast Shaving Classic Shave Set Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on December 8, 2008 · 394 comments

in Blog, Featured

The Art of Manliness is a big proponent of the classic wet shave. There’s something almost ritualistic about a traditional shave. Between lathering up with a badger brush and guiding a double-edge safety razor across your face, it’s possible to reach a state of zen. Unfortunately, most men shave with cheapo disposable crap that costs an arm and a leg and gives you a crappy shave. Safety razor shaving, on the other hand, is much cheaper and provides a far superior shave.

So when the fine folks at West Coast Shaving approached us and asked if they could give away a complete classic shaving set to an Art of Manliness reader, we said hell yes.

The Prize

West Coast Shaving is giving away a complete classic shaving set valued at $115. It has everything you need to get started with safety razor shaving:

  • Merkur HD Safety Razor $29
  • eShave Fine Brush $55
  • Taylor of Old Bond Street (winner can choose the fragrance) $14
  • Extended DE Blade Sampler Pack $21.50

How to Enter

So how can you get your hands on this awesomely manly prize? You have 3 ways to enter your name in a random drawing for the shaving set:
  1. Leave a comment under this post sharing your best shaving tip
  2. Sign up for email or RSS updates. A secret code will appear at the bottom of the RSS feed or email update. Email us what the secret code is through our contact form and you’ll be entered.
  3. Share this post with your friends using the “Email this post” to a friend link at the top of the page (You have to use this link or I can’t see if you shared the post). For each friend you email this post to, you’ll receive one entry in the contest. This means the more friends you share it with, the more entries you get. You can only send 10 at a time, but feel free to come back and send some more.

Remember, you can increase your chances of winning by doing all of the above, so get cracking gents. And ladies (we know you’re out there) feel free to enter as well. This is a great chance to score a FREE manly Christmas gift for the man in you’re life.

Deadline to enter is Monday, December 15 at 9PM Central Standard Time. The winner will be announced the following day. Good luck!

301 Ioram Melcer December 10, 2008 at 1:38 pm

My shaving tip:

Wipe the mirror after you pour the hot water, or else…

302 Shaun December 10, 2008 at 1:41 pm

If you want to know anything about shaving, and I mean anything, you’ve got to check out Badger and Blade:


It’s the best shaving site on the web.

303 JS December 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm

No shaving tips…but I’ve never shaved w/ a straight edge or Safety Razor so this would be very cool to have!

304 Jon December 10, 2008 at 2:06 pm

completely drying the blade of the razor after each use will extend life of the blade and provides a cleaner, smoother, shave

305 Bobtrumpet December 10, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Prep! Prep! Prep!

Beard preparation is perhaps the most important item for successful wet shaving. This holds true for guys who use DEs, straights, or even cartridges, with anything from the highest $ soaps and creams to the $1 canned goo from the drug store. A better prep will give you a better shave.

Start with either some of your lather, or rub your shave soa/shave stick/shave cream on your face and then massage it into your skin. Wait a few minutes and either rinse multiple times with lots of hot water, or use a hot towel for 3-5 minutes (re-heat as needed) to soften the hairs. Then re-lather and shave.

306 Trevor Chapple December 10, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Rub your face and whiskers with a small amount of the shaving cream, kind of gives a facial massage and helps the whiskers stand up. After, apply Witch Hazel to get rid of any razor burn,

307 Eddie Kalil December 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Make a killer Superlather by mixing soaps and creams.


308 Clark December 10, 2008 at 6:38 pm

I have no tips. I obviously suck at shaving because my neck is always broken out. Any tips would be appreciated. Otherwise I may have to drop over $100 to try to cure it.

309 Ryan Beaver December 10, 2008 at 6:43 pm

@Clark – You might be accidentally going against the grain. Hair on the neck does not necessarily grow in a uniform direction. Figure out how to shave WITH the grain first, and see if that helps. ALso, shave in shorter strokes and keep your razor clean. A clogged razor pulls and drags hair instead of cutting it, aggravating the pore and causing redness.

310 Tyler December 10, 2008 at 6:52 pm

I shave in the shower. Its the last thing I do, so I get the benefit of the hot steam.

311 tclevela December 10, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Everyone tends to forget that Your Mileage May Very (YMMV).

After shaving most people know that you should rinse with hot water (to remove residue) then rinse with cold water (to close pores).


Since I have sensitive skin I rinse with just warm water and then use only cool water to help close my pores. When I first started Double Edge shaving I used Hot/Cold water. As a result my face would be flushed red after I was done. My girl friend was concerned about what had gone wrong while I was shaving!

312 George December 10, 2008 at 7:35 pm

I feel that the best is preperation for a true DE shave. Not only do you need quality to have a well moistened beard, you also need to know what you’re doing. I’ve easily spent 3 hours watching videos on Badger and Blade…. and all have made a marked difference in the shave. Keep the beard wet, hot, and well informed!

313 Shaun December 10, 2008 at 8:48 pm


I used to have the same problem…what I found worked best was to get a proper safety razor, make sure that your neck is as wet and warm as possible (try a warm towel, or shave after a shower). Get a good lather going (have a look at the videos by Mantic on lathering on YouTube), then when you shave, use as little pressure as possible. I would recommend just a single pass the first time you try, to get your neck used to it (you’ll probably still have some stubble, and may nick yourself). Leave it a day or two then try again, adding a cross-grain pass. Keep this up until you’re ready for an against-grain pass as well, and you’re home free.

One last thing – remember, you’re not scraping the hair off, use the blade like a scythe and cut through that stubble – you shouldn’t need any pressure at all doing it this way.

Good luck!

314 Chadd December 10, 2008 at 9:16 pm

When using a classic Twist To Open Razor, such as a Gillette Superspeed, Weishi, or Parker, you can adjust the aggressiveness slightly by fiddling with the tightening screw a bit.

I find that around the moustache, opening it up ever so slightly gets me a micron closer.

Another option is to get an adjustable ;)

315 Randy December 10, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Without looking at all the awesome tips, mine is always always always use a hot, steaming hot washcloth to soften it all up.

316 J. Patrick Floyd December 10, 2008 at 10:03 pm

A set of sharp, pointed tweezers (such as those available by Cross Brand) should be in every man’s shaving kit. Razor bumps often appear after shaving when small curved hairs grow back into the skin or pores. After shaving, give yourself a quick once over and make sure that no such hairs are left on your neck. They often are just slightly longer than the others and may have grown back into the skin where your razor can’t get to them. To solve this, simply drag the tip of the tweezers across the hair (perpenticularly) to free up one end and then pluck being sure to grab the hair as close to the skin as possible.

This little tip can really save your neck (pun intended) especially if you have to shave in a hurry or with a dull blade every so often.



317 Jon-Paul Brown December 11, 2008 at 2:24 am

I don’t really shave all too often… maybe 2-3 times a week. And my beard is fairly sparse. So, I just shave in the shower with plain soap! I lather up my face and shave whatever whiskers I may have away.

Pretty sad, I know.

318 Cardo December 11, 2008 at 3:56 am

I searched out and old safety razor and the kit from a local store after reading your AOM article on the subject. You got me hooked. Now a new and not $5 kit would feel so much better than the cheap set I had to settle for. Great work, keep it up.

319 Austin December 11, 2008 at 6:14 am

There’s one big tip I need to share, always shave slowly, and if the area doesn’t have lather on it, don’t shave it. Even if it’s a tiny patch that you didn’t quite get last pass, relather before you go back over it.

320 Pete December 11, 2008 at 7:05 am

I have a mustache goatee combo type beard sometimes referred to as a VanDyke. I find that if I measure my face in multiples of the width of the razor I can keep things nice and even.

Eg. the distance from my side burns to my beard is 2 razor widths. The width of the sideburns is 3/4ths of a razor width.

Not to revolutionary but most every possible tip has been covered!

321 Jeremy December 11, 2008 at 7:52 am

dry off your wet razor before putting it away. just a little dab on a towel will do.

322 Jeremy December 11, 2008 at 8:08 am

start by shaving the easy parts of your face. let the shaving cream take effect longer on the harder to shave parts.

323 Jesse Ortiz December 11, 2008 at 9:34 am

My best advice for doing a good shave is to take your time. Most cuts that i have had was when I was in a hurry before i left for work. I recommend setting some time aside in the morning for your shave. If you know you need to shave the night before then wake an extra 15 minutes.

324 Tim December 11, 2008 at 9:43 am

I work with several people with allergies to many fragrances. I use aloe vera after shaving to keep my skin healthy since most after-shaves contain fragrances.

325 Darren December 11, 2008 at 10:46 am

Exceptional blog—thanks.

I love the smell of Williams Mug Soap, but I could never get a good lather from it until I tried this: fill your mug up to the top of the puck with your hottest tap water. Let it stand there for just a minute or two. Before working up your lather, pour all the water out of the mug, and use a brush full of hot water to whip up a decent lather.

This tip is good for cheapskates like me who don’t want to pay for expensive soaps and creams, and who love the smell of Williams.

326 Paul December 11, 2008 at 11:29 am

Slow and steady.

327 Bruce December 11, 2008 at 11:32 am

Forget a shaving cream bowl to create a lather. I found that going straight to your face with the soap filled brush works just as well. It also saves time by having yet one less thing to clean each morning.

328 Andrew December 11, 2008 at 12:16 pm

If using a non-safety razor (ie Mach3 etc.) thoroughly dry the razor between shaves to keep it sharper longer. It’s been said that microscopic pieces of rust form and that’s what leads to cuts.

Try it, it works!

329 Smitty December 11, 2008 at 12:33 pm

i love this. i want one now

330 Mike in Elgin December 11, 2008 at 12:36 pm

I may have overlooked it in the very long list of replies but – without a doubt the saving grace, Williams’ Lectric Shave.
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127 years ago, I used this back in college with my electric razor and figured it may work for razor-shaves. It is great. The razor glides on your face like it is on ice. Aaaaaah.

331 Big Dutch December 11, 2008 at 1:05 pm

For beard-wearers, trim daily. I use a set of hair-cutting shears sourced from Sally Beauty that were about $25.00 to my recollection. These shears make short work of beard trimming.

332 Jonathan December 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm

If you have never tried wet shaving it is amazing the difference it can make. My skin feels and looks so much better and it is rather manly picking up a metal razor with an actual razor blade to shave every morning.

The best shaving advice I can give is check out http://badgerandblade.com/ the amount of experience and knowledge about shaving on this forum is amazing. Not to mention there are a lot of really standup guys who go out of their way to help new people.

333 Andrew Emmert December 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm

I’ve found that I get the best results when I go one round with lather and razor, pat my face dry and repeat a second time, works great for my personal trouble area under my jawline.

334 Dmytro December 11, 2008 at 10:39 pm

For a truly rewarding post-shave treatment, I offer the best post-shave treatment I have found:


I use the stick form. I apply it sparingly immediately after shaving (don’t dry), and then massage/spread in with my fingers. On cold or extra dry days, I might apply it a second time after dressing.

Cocoa butter locks in moisture, provides nutrients (including antioxidants), and helps elasticise the skin. Its soothing skin-healing properties will keep you looking glowing and youthful far beyond your actual youth.

Remember, a man takes care of what he has. So consider using cocoa butter to take care of your one and only face.

335 Andrew Barbour December 11, 2008 at 10:58 pm

Most of the major points have been stated several times…but one that’s worth stating slightly differently is take a day or two off every week. I have to shave for work, and by Friday, I feel like the skin on my face is….well, razor thin.

Weekends should be a break from as much of your weekly routines as possible, and shaving is no exception on my end. No shaving Saturday or Sunday–gives my skin a break, and allows a much closer shave on Monday than what I got on Friday. You’ll look extra sharp when you come into work Monday morning, when looking sharp is most likely to be in short supply at your workplace. And isn’t looking sharp the whole idea?

336 Allen December 12, 2008 at 8:47 am

Map your stubble before you go a-hacking. Take your fingers and run them all around your face, and then back again, taking note of which direction the hair seems rougher. That’s against the grain. Note that this direction can vary greatly from inch to inch around the ol’ mug, and you don’t want to start off shaving against the grain anywhere. That’s a sure way of getting razor burn.

337 sir_flexalot December 12, 2008 at 10:51 am

I switched to a higher quality shaving cream, move the razor only in a perfectly straight line, and re-lather from the brush between every pass — and it has made an enormous difference in reducing the time to shave and simultaneously reducing the number of cuts i get.

338 Kevin Mueller December 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Shaving advice? Disposables never worked for me, so I’ve been using an electric for a long time.

I’d love to try a wet shave, sign me up!


339 Dan Conlin December 12, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Don’t forget to add more water while creating your lather. The more you can get in there before it turns into bubble water the better.

340 Sean December 12, 2008 at 7:03 pm

I’m not sure how much of a tip this is, but it’s something I definitely do that makes my shaving life easier: Give your face a break! I don’t shave on weekends (unless my there’s a wedding, funeral, etc…). Shaving can be harsh on your face (especially if you don’t have the wonderful prize offered in this post) and I find that my Monday morning shaves are always my most pleasant.

341 Chuck December 12, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Have the right attitude. Lock the wife and kids out and enjoy the shave. It’s the one time a day when a man can truly have time to himself.

342 Keith December 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Awww, guys. I agree whole heartedly about the wet shave, but come on. The only blade to use is a single edge razor. Proper preparation of your face (heat, oil, cream), a cool steady hand with a well kept and sharpened razor… nothing better. With practice, by far the smoothest shave. Just ask my wife. She can’t keep her hands off my baby-butt smooth cheeks after a morning shave. Though she does make me late for work several times every week. Oh well.

343 Alex December 13, 2008 at 1:15 pm

My best is just patience. Once you lather up, let it sit on your face for two-three minutes. The lather softens your beard further than shower steam alone will. Run the hilt of your brush quickly under the water and re-lather without getting more cream on the brush to re-wet the lather on your face. Works great.

344 Logan W. December 13, 2008 at 2:16 pm

I enjoy a nice splash of aftershave after shaving with a dull razor. Feel that pain!


345 Chris Rogers December 13, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Just pay attention to what you are doing. I wet shave when I have time, and use an electric when I don’t. If you pay attention to it you’ll be fine.

346 Troy December 13, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Hey, using a good ol fashioned bar of soap and an inexpensive soap shaving brush works well for me. I hate to give money to big corporations so that I can use their canned gummy shaving cream products that gunk up the cheap razors anyway. The Safety Razor looks like a good bet that I would put money on!

Well, that is about all I can say as i MUST get back to working on my cans for law school exam.

347 rich hare December 13, 2008 at 5:25 pm

take your time, dont get in a hurry

348 Richie December 13, 2008 at 6:44 pm

Some great tips here. A few of mine are:
* In the UK (don’t know about the US) Palmolive shave sticks are a fave of mine. They cost pennies, can be found everywhere and being small are great for travel. Also bars of Palmolive soap are cheap (4 pack for a £1 in most places) and great for prepping your face. Rub and load a wet brush with soapy-goodness . Then either proceed to your shave cream/soap or scrub your face with the loaded brush to get rid of any dirt/dead skin before you shave.
* For shaving the back of my neck between visits to the hairdressers I use a hand/shave mirror (I have a plastic, plate-sized one), stand with my back to the bathroom mirror holding my hand mirror in my non-shaving hand, get my angles right and use an over-hand action and a south-to-north stroke.
* Not sure if they have them in the US but in the UK charity shops like Oxfam, British Heart Foundation etc…are great for finding makeshift shave bowls such as large coffee ‘soup bowl’ mugs or ornamental bowls. My shave bowl is a gorgeous dark red ceramic bowl I found for 10 pence in an Oxfam shop.

349 Darren December 13, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Think of shaving less as a task to accomplish than a situation to temper. Before shaving, prepare yourself: wet your face with warm water; apply a hot towel, apply a pre-shave oil, then lather liberally. Shave with the grain, across the grain, across the grain in the opposite direction, and then shave against the grain (if necessary). Each pass shortens the hair follicles, causing less irritation and producing a closer shave. Once done shaving, wash your face with warm water (no soap), then wash again with cold water to close the pores. Then apply a non-alcoholic, rather simple after shave balm to help heal your skin. Wait a good 15 minutes, then apply a more preferred after shave product. Be sure to take equal care with the rest of your grooming.

350 Darren December 13, 2008 at 8:57 pm

I should add, I know the right way, but I want to try the brushes and razor. I use disposal Gillettes, Barbasol cream, Nivea after shave balm, then Bumper Stopper 2. No matter what I do, I always get razor burn/skin irritation of some sort. Bumper stopper 2 is the only cream that has worked the best for me.

351 Amit December 14, 2008 at 2:16 am

When I was just a green recruit, we often heard the master sergeant tells a guy to “stand closer to the razor on the next shave”; yes, we used disposable plastic razors, cheap shaving cream and didn’t put much of thought on warm water, softening the edges and all that. One subject-matter between us was doing better under those lame conditions, resulting in “good advice” (shave against hair direction), “smart advice” (grow a beard) or “mal-advice” (say you have a skin condition and get rid of it!).
Only later have we learnt the secrets of good shaving, the better tools of doing it “right”, and the joy, pride and meaning of a well-shaved face.
Your campaign is well in place; young generation should know—there’s more to shaving than buzzing machines with techno-hype rotating blades, half-a-minute travel of the blade on your cheek, or two-days shaved-face appearance among people!

352 Christopher December 14, 2008 at 5:02 am

Consider shaving a manly art rather than a chore. Take your time and enjoy the process. Each shave job is a work of art, try to top your last shave in terms of care and quality. There’s no way to go wrong!

353 Brian December 14, 2008 at 5:05 am

My best tip? follow the suggestions above! Go old school and you’ll never go wrong but learn to do it well. My tips are these, when it comes to shaving take your time and make time to do it right. Don’t rush. Next the ONLY way to shave is the Wet shave. Next You need absolutely NEED good quality tools to work with here. You wont fix your car with dollar store tools, why use them on your face?
I recommend a quality Badger hair brush, they usually aren’t cheep but they are worth the money. Razor! wow, I”m sick of spending tons of money for cheep blades and having to get a new one the next week. Spend the extra and get and learn to use a Safety razor, or even a good straight razor. Obviously this is a “skill”, it’s worth learning. If you can, find a true barber in your area, go ask for some tips, Barbers can shave, Hair dressers CAN’T… its in the licensing.

354 Justin December 14, 2008 at 6:44 am

My shaving tip is really boring (and probably already stated in the litany of comments above), but it’s the only one for me: always shave after taking a hot shower. I have a pretty thick beard and I don’t use shaving cream. A hot shower, followed by a razor is the entirety of my shaving routine.

355 Kenny Sutherland December 14, 2008 at 7:07 am

I always like a good shave

356 Valla Fatemi December 14, 2008 at 7:42 am

Shaving is typically the first thing I do immediately after getting out of the shower, to make sure the beard is moist. In addition, whenever I have a significant meeting, event, date, etc for which I want to look particularly well cut, I DON’T shave for several days before the event. This assures that all the hairs on your beard have grown to a shave-able length and will be cut down, and voila! a far smoother shave than you would get from a daily shave.

I’ve been working to get one of these for a while, but funds have been limited (being a student) for the start-up cost of wetshaving. However, I keep in mind that once purchased, it will be refreshingly cheap to shave from then on.

357 Matt Hartwell December 14, 2008 at 12:36 pm

I usually lather up while in the shower, rubbing against the growth of the hair to get it to stand up. After the shower, while shaving, I reapply the shaving cream, and the hairs are already moisturized and more willing to cooperate.

358 Jerry December 14, 2008 at 1:21 pm

The best tip is take your time, from the prep stage, all the way to applying the aftershave balm. This is your time to pamper yourself, so enjoy it. The second best tip is stay with it, your techique will improve and so will your shaves.

359 Jerry December 14, 2008 at 1:25 pm

I forgot to mention, I shave in the evening. So if you are rushed in the morning, this is an option that works for many of us. Don’t be afraid to try it.

360 Michael Moon December 14, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Warm everything is essential. Warm water, warm towel, warm shaving cream. EXCEPT the razor, which should be cold. Makes it more brittle, increases its ability to slice through the stubble.

361 Lyndon December 14, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Shaving in the shower works, but spend a few days a week getting the main stubble nice and even, or you’ll inevitably miss spots and look like a goon.

Also, properly lubricate, people!

362 Angus December 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Shave after shower, use a in shower face cleanser like King of Shaves. Warm towel on face, apply with brush direct to face (Prorasso in between is nice) shave slowly holdling lightly and clean razor in running water after each stroke. It’s simple.


363 Rob Sales December 14, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Always Take a hot shower before, the hotter the better. It makes it a nice and close shave.

364 matt sullivan December 14, 2008 at 6:10 pm

I don’t get the cold razor thing. I shave each morning in the shower with plenty of warm water but when I use the razor cold it just doesn’t feel right. I always warm it up.


365 Rich Beldykk December 14, 2008 at 8:22 pm

be fully awake and don’t rush. Washyour face with soap & water then rinse, finally wrap your face in a very hot towel for a minute ofr two before shaving.

366 Bob December 15, 2008 at 12:14 am

I make sure to re-lather multiple times during my shave

367 Logan W. December 15, 2008 at 8:14 am

Thrift shops will often have used safety razors for a few bucks. Why spend $65 when you can get one for $3?


368 Sam Urato December 15, 2008 at 8:33 am

I have a very thick beard, so I must shower first. I then require a fairly new blade that is extremely hot and shave with the grain. After, I go against the grain. Smooth as could be until about 3pm…

369 Jeff December 15, 2008 at 9:16 am

There are a lot of benefits to shaving with a blade, for example, you dont need to shave as much compared to an electric blade. I’m Italian, and it used to take only 15 minutes to have 5 o’clock shadow, then I switched to a blade. Now I get about 6 hours! Yay!

370 Jody Dawkins December 15, 2008 at 10:41 am

Rule #1 – Do not use shaving supplies you can buy at a supermarket.

Sorry for the Fight Club reference.

First things first – clean your face with a non-soap based, exfoliating cleanser. Not only will it keep you looking good but it will reduce the chance of nicks while shaving.

Avoid using a shaving soap – use, instead, a shaving cream. Shaving soaps have a tendency to dry out your skin and make you prone to irritation.

Use a nice shave oil prior to lathering and shaving. I like oil with eucalyptus.

Try the Method Shave. It’s a comfortable and repeatable way to get a close shave.

When using a DE razor – don’t be afraid to change out the blade frequently. One of the great things about classic wet shaving is that it’s very cost effective.

I like an alcohol based after shave for two reasons – if helps disinfect you skin and helps close up pores and tighten skin; your milage may vary.

To whom ever wins the shave set: congratulations. I use the exact same setup and love it. I’m sure you will too.

371 Jess December 15, 2008 at 12:26 pm

A few tips (which may have been repeated by now):

Shaving in the shower helps soften your beard/stubble (hang a mirror), as does using hair conditioner before a shave.

Shave with the grain, then against. If you have sensitive skin, try with and then perpendicular to.

A friend of mine with *really* coarse hair insists he’s gotten the best results using a woman’s razor (after grabbing a girlfriend’s when he had to shave at her place). Contrary to that, I know plenty of girls who prefer a mach3 over lady razors.

Rinse and dry the blades after each use: this will keep them sharper than simply letting it air dry.

If using electric, use shaving cream with it: it’s amazing the difference in shave using it.

372 Jess December 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm

A few tips (which may have been repeated by now):

Shaving in the shower helps soften your beard/stubble (hang a mirror), as does using hair conditioner before a shave.

Exfoliate beforehand.

Shave with the grain, then against. If you have sensitive skin, try with and then perpendicular to.

A friend of mine with *really* coarse hair insists he’s gotten the best results using a woman’s razor (after grabbing a girlfriend’s when he had to shave at her place). Contrary to that, I know plenty of girls who prefer a mach3 over lady razors.

Rinse and dry the blades after each use: this will keep them sharper than simply letting it air dry.

If using electric, use shaving cream with it: it’s amazing the difference in shave using it.

373 Sam Besser December 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm

I’m a sargent in the Israeli Army and I’m required to shave every morning but all I’m given is a crappy razor. It would really help if I could get hooked up with a shaving set!

Sargent Sam Besser

374 billyd December 15, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Not gonna lie, I got this one out of a Salinger novel.

When shaving, in order to avoid vanity, look yourself directly in the eyes in the mirror, using only your peripheral vision to shave. Not exactly easy, but with some practice, it can be one of the most manly experiences of your morning, if not your whole day.

375 Terry December 15, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Do Not fill the sink bowl with hot water and use it to rinse your razor as you shave.

A friend of mine in college used to do this and could not for the life of himself figure out how he kept getting infections on his face.

That basin of water is swimming with germs that will jump all over the open knicks on your face.

376 Mary Beth December 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm

If you get lots of razor bumps or burn when shaving try and rub a bit of chap stick into your face. Then proceed with lather and the shave. The chap stick adds a nice layer of protection to the face.

377 Micaiah December 17, 2008 at 2:48 am

My best shaving tip is to always use some sort of moisturizer prior to and after shaving. This act will allow your face to be soft and smooth and will allow the razor to slide smoothly aross your face. This lack of resistance will give you a more comfortable shave and closer shave with less bumps and cuts. Additionally it will allow your face to thwart off winter cold and dryness.

378 Reva Skie December 21, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Following up with a salycitic (sp) acid product like Tend Skin goes a long way towards preventing unsightly ingrowns.

379 Zach January 10, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Never shave in the shower with a straight razor…if you drop it, you never know what it might hit on the way down.

380 Kevin Call January 11, 2009 at 5:12 am

I like to keep my razor, when not in use, in a small jar of baby oil. Having the blade and razor in oil will stop any oxidation. This will prolong the life of the blade and keep a coat of oil on it allowing it to glide on your face.

381 Dennis Nichols January 12, 2009 at 2:39 am

Hydrate! Stretch the skin with your off hand; and take your time. Especially if you’re using a straight razor.

382 Jim C February 9, 2009 at 6:34 am

Warmth to the face is key! Get your skin toasty warm with a hot towel first, or splash some warm water on it. Post-shower shaving is ideal. Also, I use pre-shave oil which really helps the blade skim across the skin.. good stuff!!


383 Phil Anderson March 3, 2009 at 8:34 am

STIPTIC PENCIL. Don’t be afraid of the pain, Nancy.

384 Dylan Smith April 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm

try not shaving for a week. it will give you a new appreciation for what can become a tedious daily chore.

385 John schaetzl May 18, 2009 at 3:00 am

Not for us but for everyone else and our children’s children. Don’t let the water run while shaving. Run a little into the stoppered sink to rinse your razor as our grandfathers did. Water is a scarce commodity and needs to be treated as such. Thanks You will also enjoy the quieter shaving experience.

386 Gary Oprendek May 18, 2009 at 5:37 am

here is the trick i have found for a great shave:
1.) hot shower
2.) shaving oil
3.) quality shaving soap
4.) sharp razor
5.) shaving with the grain while stretching the skin
6.) cold water splash and then some quality balm (alcohol free)

using this method my shave is so good that i am still relatively smooth the next day. and i have a beard like a steel brush!

387 Anthony Piselli May 18, 2009 at 6:17 am

I have a beard and I shave my cheeks and neck to keep neat looking…

I recommend using rinse the face with hat water to open the pours and then use hot lather on cheeks and neck area and sharp blade to keep one self looking neat and presentable. Then follow up with a cool rinse and cologne of choice..

388 John Penrose May 18, 2009 at 7:19 am

A good wet shave, HOT water, a good shaving soap, gel or cream and a sharp razor. I shave my neck area first, pulling the skin tight to get a clean shave and then the rest of my face. Rinse it all off with cool water to close the pores…..feels great.

389 Michael Jue May 18, 2009 at 10:14 am

Regarding the use of “witch hazel”. I buy the generic witch hazel at my local Rite-Aid for a nominal price, and not a fancy brand-name label witch hazel price. Poke a small hole in the inner foil liner, and you will be able dispense a small amount of hazel onto your hand to splash onto your face. This is after you have finsed off your face, finishing up with a cold water rinse and BLOTTING your face dry (do not rub). Enjoy!

390 Craig Harver July 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I had terrible problems with facial breakout after shaving, but now I always finish up every shave with a glycerine soap wash. That cleared me right up and no stinky overbearing after shave needed. I used to find the glycerine bars at Bath and Body in their bargain bins, but now have found them at the body shop.

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