in: Shaving, Style

• Last updated: June 10, 2021

Photo Essay: The Straight Razor Shave

Man getting straight razor shave in barbershop.

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 up the old beard. Plus, there’s nothing like letting another man hold a razor sharp piece of metal to your neck to remind you that you’re alive.

If you haven’t ever had a straight razor shave from the barber, you’re missing out. To help inspire those of you who have been sitting on the fence about taking part in this manly tradition, I wanted to show you exactly what the straight razor shave experience is like at the barber shop.

I brought my photographer friend (and soon to be professional brewer), Matt Anthony along with me to my go-to barber shop here in Tulsa, Clay’s Barber Shop. The proprietor and tonsorial artist is Mark Clay. Below is Matt’s collection of photos capturing the magic of a straight razor shave from a barber. Enjoy.
Clay barbershop entrance.

Barbershop pole.

A man before the shave standing outside the barbershop.

Before the Shave

A metal casing chair at barbershop.

A man sitting at barbershop for hair cut.

Barbershop items.

Hair spray bottles and other products.

Antique gas towel warmer at barber shop.

Mark’s antique gas powered towel warmer.

Barber placing towel in gas warmer.

Man lying on the barber bench for shaving.

Barber cleaning the man's face with warm towel.

Bear shape matt lying on the wall.

Barber applying shaving cream on man's face.

Lathering up.

Barber removing shaving cream using razor blade.

Barber cleaning the face of man by using razor blade.

Well furnished barber shop.

Barber applying warm towel after shaving.

Another hot towel for good measure. Clay pressed about 10 of them on my face during the shave.

Side view of barber.

Front view of barber shaving.

Barber massaging on man's face.

Barber pouring the warm towel.

Drying off my ugly mug. I’m feeling super groovy right now.

A man sitting on chair at barbershop.

A man in clean shave face.

Feeling like a million bucks. If you live in Tulsa, or are ever in the area, make sure to stop by Clay’s Barbershop for a shave and haircut. Tell Mark the Art of Manliness sent you.




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