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How to Shave With a Safety Razor

How to Shave With a Safety Razor

We know that using a safety razor can come with a learning curve and can take some time to get used to, but we promise, it’s not rocket science. Your facial hair and skin will thank you once you get the hang of it. This article will give you all the information you need to achieve that perfect shave with a safety razor.

The Benefits of Using a Safety Razor

Safety razors are the ideal shaving tools for trimming facial hair. They are known for their superior shave quality and their ability to get closer and more precise than disposable cartridge razors. It’s easy to see why they’re the top choice for those who want an elevated skincare routine.

  1. They are suitable for all facial hair types.
  2. They give you a closer shave with great precision.
  3. They are great for sensitive skin.
  4. They produce less waste than disposable razors.
  5. They are cost-effective.

A Guide to Choosing the Right Safety Razor

When you're looking to add a safety razor to your facial care arsenal, there are a few factors you should consider when selecting it:

  • Your Skill Level: If you’re a newbie, you'll want to look for a less aggressive razor. You'll want one that is a little more forgiving while you're still learning, so we suggest looking for one that features a closed comb, like this Yaqi Classic Safety Razor.
  • Weight: The weight of your razor can have a big impact on your shaving experience. Many people prefer a heavier handle because it requires you to put less pressure on the razor, and it will give you a clean shave without irritation. This is all personal preference, though, so you've got to go with what works best for you.
  • Handle Length: Safety razors usually come in a short or long handle. Most beginners will opt for the short handle because it is easier to maneuver and grip, unless you have larger hands; then you may want to go with a longer handle so that it is easier to work with.
  • Materials: You always want to make sure that the razor you purchase is made with quality materials that will last you a long time. You want to find high-quality metals that won't rust, erode, or break easily. We prefer a stainless steel razor, like these Yaqi options.
  • Facial Hair Type: Your facial hair type can affect the type of features you look for in your razor. Those who shave less frequently, and have long and curly facial hair, should opt for an open comb. They are better at cutting through long, thick hair and giving clean, sharp lines. Closed comb razors are better suited for shorter facial hair and those who shave frequently, but they still offer a clean, smooth shave.

Steps for a Perfect Shave Using a Safety Razor

Here are our top tips for how to correctly and successfully use a safety razor to get the clean, smooth shave you're looking for.

Use a Quality Razor

First, you want the right tools to get started. You want to make sure that you have a good quality safety razor that works for you, your skin, and your facial hair. Everyone has their preferences on handle length, weight, and open vs. closed comb razor. You want a razor that fits comfortably in your hand and is easy for you to maneuver.

Razor Recommendation: Henson Shaving AL13 Medium, $71.50.

Use Fresh Razor Blade

One of the most important factors in getting a clean shave with a safety razor and avoiding skin irritation is to always use a fresh, quality, sharp blade each time you shave. A good quality blade is essential when it comes to getting a great shave. Blades should be made from high-quality materials, which will last longer, provide a better performance, and ensure your skin gets the best possible shave.

Blade Recommendation: Astra Super Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades, $2.50 for a 5-pack

Prepare Your Skin and Facial Hair

Now that you've got your tools in order, it’s time to get your skin prepped and ready. Make sure to soften your skin and hair with warm water and shaving soap so that you have an easy and smooth shave. We suggest you also use a pre-shave oil that will nourish and moisturize the skin and hair.

Pre-Shave Product Recommendation: Depot No. 403 Pre-Shave & Softening Beard Oil, $22.95 for one fl. Oz.

Pull Your Skin Taut

Pull your skin tight the entire time you shave. This will ensure that you get the closest shave without getting any nicks or cuts while shaving.

Maintain the Right Angle and Use Gentle Pressure

Hold the razor at a steady 30-45 degree angle away from your face. Try to avoid applying pressure to the razor head onto the skin. The weight of the handle will do all the work for you if you are holding it correctly.

Go Slow and Use Short Strokes

Using a safety razor takes time and patience. You don't want to rush through this process. Take short and gentle strokes, starting in the direction of hair growth. Many people choose to use a “three-pass technique,” in which you take the first pass in the direction of the hair growth, the second pass sideways, and the final pass against the grain of your hair growth in order to achieve the closest possible shave. Be sure to rinse in between each pass and then repeat the process until you've completed shaving.

Rinse and Apply Post-Shaving Products

Now comes the easy part. Rinse with cool water and follow up with your favorite post-shave products. We like to use a refreshing post-shave balm or lotion that will soothe the skin and help prevent any skin irritation.

Post-Shave Product Recommendation: Baxter After Shave Balm, $25.95 for 120 ml. 


After you practice a few times, shaving with a safety razor will become second nature. Take your time and enjoy the experience of giving your skin the attention it deserves.