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How to Shave With a Straight Razor [VIDEO]

by Brett

You’ve been shaving like your grandpa with a safety razor; now it’s time to try out the method your great-grandpa used — shaving with a straight razor. Here’s how to put a blade to your neck without it becoming a fatal ritual.  Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Video by Jordan Crowder

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How to Trim a Mustache [VIDEO]

by Brett

Happy Movember!  Have you signed up for the AoM Movember Team yet? It’s not too late to join up in the battle against prostate and testicular cancer. Sign-up today, start growing your mustache, and ask your friends and family to donate to your Mo Space! This is your chance to grow a kick butt mustache, raise some […]

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Shave and a Haircut: Razorbacks Barbershop [VIDEO]

by Brett

In what I hope will be the beginning of new video series, I pay a visit to Razorbacks Barbershop in Long Beach, CA to get a shave and a haircut and talk to the owners Pedro and Scotty about barbering and their line of pomades and shave soaps, Imperial Barber Products (it’s what I use!). […]

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How to Shave Like Your Grandpa: An Instructional Film [VIDEO]

by Brett

Our very first and one of our most popular posts on AoM is “How to Shave Like Your Grandpa.” We figured it was about time we did a video on classic safety razor shaving, in the style of vintage instructional films. Enjoy! Email subscribers, click here to watch the video.

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How to Create a Barbershop Hot Towel at Home

by Brett

One of the best parts of a barbershop straight razor shave are the copious amounts of hot towels the barber presses on your face. It’s so stinking relaxing. There’s also a practical reason for this classic ritual: the heat from the towel softens up your beard so the barber can give you a nice, close, […]

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How to Grow a Handlebar Mustache

by Brett

Happy Movember! Have you signed up for the AoM Movember Team yet? It’s not too late to join up in the battle against prostate and testicular cancer. Sign-up today, start growing your mustache, and ask your friends and family to donate to your ‘Mo Space! This is your chance to grow a kick butt mustache, […]

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Beyond Toilet Paper: How to Treat Shaving Nicks and Cuts

by Brett

No matter how careful you may be, shaving nicks and cuts are bound to happen. The go-to remedy for most gents is to simply apply small pieces of toilet paper to their little wounds and wait for them to clot up. While effective, it can take a long time for the bleeding to stop. And […]

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10 Tips for a Better Shave on Your Neck

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mark “Mantic59″ Herro. The neck can be a particularly troublesome area to shave.  Some just can’t seem to get a close enough shave.  Others are troubled by razor burn with redness and pain, nicks, cuts, and ingrown hairs.  Here are 10 strategies that can help tame the […]

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Unique Shaving & Grooming Rituals from History and Around the World

by Brett & Kate McKay

This post is brought to you by Phillips Norelco What’s this? You think today’s man goes overboard with his grooming habits? Wait ’till you get a load of our manly ancestors.

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How to Trim Your Mustache: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett


This post is brought to you by Phillips Norelcor What’s this? An illustrated guide to trimming your mustache.

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How to Keep Your Shaving Lather Nice and Warm [VIDEO]

by Brett

For those of you shaving with a safety razor or straight razor, I wanted to share this quick tip on how to keep your lather nice and warm. Create your lather in your mug or bowl. Place your lather mug or bowl in your empty sink. Fill up the sink with piping hot water until […]

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Photo Essay: The Straight Razor Shave

by Brett

Here on AoM we’ve talked a lot about the glory of getting a straight razor shave at a barber shop. It’s the man equivalent of getting a facial at a spa. It’s a super relaxing ritual that involves a lot of hot towels and plenty of manly smelling shaving cream and face lotions to soften […]

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5 Easy Ways for the College Student to Upgrade His Style

by Antonio

The image above is of Don Wardlaw, a real college student who was featured in a 1954 issue of True Magazine for Men for an article entitled, “Look What Happens When You Dress as Smart as You Are” (The Art of Manliness had some fun re-posting the pictures from the article awhile back). On the […]

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How to Buy and Restore Vintage Straight Razors

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Pisarcik and Sebastian Sandersius. When you think of the manliest way of shaving, your mind undoubtedly goes to your great-grandpa’s tool of choice: the straight-edge razor. You may have thought about owning one, but immediately dismissed the idea for a host of reasons. They can be […]

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A Deadly Ritual: 5 Men Who Died from Shaving

by Brett & Kate McKay

These days, nothing can be more routine for a man than shaving. We hardly give a second thought to scraping a razor against our skin each morning. If we fear anything about the process, it’s that we’ll nick ourselves or end up with severe razor burn. But it wasn’t always so. Shaving was once a […]

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How to Smell Like a Barbershop

by Brett

I love the smell of an old barbershop. The mixture of talc, hair tonics, Barbicide, and cheap coffee creates a distinctly manly smell that brings back a lot of memories for me – memories of Saturday mornings at the Friendly Barbershop in downtown Edmond, Oklahoma, sitting in a hard plastic chair reading 1960s Archie comics […]

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How to Buy and Restore Vintage Shaving Gear

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: Here at AoM, we’re big proponents of bringing back the traditional wet shave by learning how to shave like your grandpa (with a safety razor) or even like your great-grandpa (with a straight razor). If you decide to trade in your multi-blade cartridge razor for the old fashioned variety, you may find yourself with an […]

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The Case for Cold Water Shaving

by Brett

Share When I watched the HBO series Band of Brothers, I was struck by how the soldiers, ill-supplied, freezing, and wearily dug into the snowy trenches of Bastogne, still made time to shave. The clean shaven face was and is military policy. Even today, US soldiers, although they must do without hot water and baths […]

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DIY Bay Rum Aftershave

by Brett & Kate McKay

When we did our post about 15 manly smells a few months ago, several of you chimed in that bay rum should have made the list. For the uninitiated, bay rum is a fragrance that’s often used in aftershave lotion and shaving soaps. West Indies bay leaf, spices, and Jamaican rum, combine to give the […]

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