Traditional shaving, also known as wet shaving, is a classic method of using a safety razor, a shaving brush and shaving soap or cream. It is a time-honoured technique that has been practiced for many years and is experiencing a resurgence in popularity today.
What is Traditional Shaving?
A traditional shave refers to a grooming method that achieves close shave and precise results. It is often seen as a more classic approach to shaving compared to using modern cartridge razors or electric shavers.
What are the Benefits of Traditional Shaving Methods?
There are several benefits of traditional shaving compared to modern shaving methods, including:
1. Provides a Closer Shave
Traditional razors, such as safety razors or straight razors, are designed to provide a closer shave by cutting the hair at the skin level. This results in a smoother and longer-lasting shave.
2. May Reduce Irritation
When done correctly, traditional shaving techniques can help reduce skin irritation and razor burn. The use of a sharp blade and proper shaving techniques can minimize the chances of developing ingrown hairs, razor bumps and skin irritation. This can often occur when a blunt blade is used, or the hair is cut against the grain of growth.
3. May be More Cost-Effective
While the initial investment may be higher for purchasing a traditional shaving kit, the long-term cost is significantly lower. Safety razor blades and shaving soaps or creams tend to be more affordable and last longer than disposable cartridge razors and canned shaving foams.
4. It’s a Calming Ritual
Traditional shaving can be seen as a calming, ritualistic experience. The process of lathering up the shaving soap, using a brush to apply it to the face, and taking the time to execute each stroke mindfully can be a meditative and enjoyable part of a grooming routine.
5. Connection to Tradition
Some individuals appreciate traditional shaving as a way to connect with a bygone era and embrace a sense of nostalgia. It can evoke a sense of craftsmanship and attention to detail that is often associated with classic grooming practices.
What’s in a Traditional Shaving Kit?
A traditional shaving kit typically includes the following components:
1. Safety Razor or Straight Razor
The centrepiece of a traditional shaving kit is the razor. It can either be a safety razor, which uses replaceable double-edged blades, or a straight razor, which has a single, folding blade.
We love our safety razor, particularly for those who are prone to catch their skin while shaving. Safety razors are just that. They use a sharp blade to deliver a close, clean shave whilst still keeping your skin and fingers safe, thanks to the protective device held between the edge of the blade and the skin.
2. Shaving Brush
A shaving brush is used to create a rich lather from shaving gel or cream. It is typically made of animal hair or synthetic fibres and helps to exfoliate the skin, lift the hair and evenly distribute the lather.
3. Shaving Cream
Traditional shaving relies on the use of shaving cream or gel, which is used in conjunction with the brush to create lather. Shaving soaps are typically solid, while shaving creams are softer and often come in tubes or tubs. They help lubricate the skin, soften the hair and provide a protective barrier during shaving.
4. Razor Blades
If you’re using a safety razor, you’ll need razor blades. These are typically double-edged blades that fit into the razor head, like our King C. Gillette Double Edge Safety Razor Blades. They can be made of stainless steel or other materials and should be replaced periodically, depending on usage.
5. Shaving Bowl
Some traditional shaving kits may include a dedicated shaving bowl for lathering the soap or cream. These containers are usually designed with a handle and a textured surface to aid in creating a lather.
6. Aftershave Product
Aftershave is applied to the skin after shaving to soothe and moisturise. It can come in the form of splash-on liquids, balms or gels.
Aftershave products often contain ingredients like witch hazel, aloe vera or moisturizing oils to calm the skin and prevent irritation.