I Love Shaving Every Day!

I seriously love shaving every day.  I look forward to the coming morning with anticipation.  I get frustrated on days when I don’t have the time to shave or when they day gets away from me (which happens somewhat frequently when you have kids).  I even get disappointed that I can only shave once a day.  It wasn’t always like this.  I used to dread shaving and looked for any excuse I could find to skip it.  I feared the razor burn and, even more than that, I feared the ingrown hairs and the bloody neckline.  Looking back now, I used to destroy my face without even so much as a thought to whether or not there could be a better way.

I think you all know where this is going, but I’ll ask the question anyway.  What changed?  My face?  My skin?  No.  Several years ago I discovered the joy of traditional wet shaving with a double-edged (DE) safety razor.  I know I’ve written about this before, but I was driving the other day and suddenly realized how much I enjoy shaving.  So, I sat down and had to think about why I enjoy it so much, and I came up with a few reasons.  First and foremost are the skin benefits.  My skin looks so much better than it used to.  The ingrown hairs are gone.  I don’t break out along my neck line.  I believe this is a combination of using only a single blade which causes much less irritation than multi-bladed cartridges and using more natural soaps and creams that contain loads less chemicals (or even none at all!) than canned shaving cream.  Secondly, I’m engaging in a daily ritual of about fifteen minutes of quiet time to myself.  It’s almost a meditative process.  I’ve written about the benefits of meditation before on this blog and how much I enjoy it.  It only stands to reason, then, that I would also enjoy anything like it.  Finally, there’s the skill and tradition.  Traditional shaving has a certain mystique to it brought about by its history.  It’s a craft that must be learned.  There are no shortcuts; you will cut yourself, and that’s okay.  It’s part of the process.  But when you hit that day when everything clicks, and you walk away with a shave better than you could have imagined, there’s something special about knowing you took the time to learn a skill.  The draw of the history associated with wet shaving is what will probably drive me to start experimenting with straight razors soon too.

I imagine that some of the people who read this blog are already traditional shavers, but I hope that those who aren’t will be inspired to try it.  However, I do realize that the jump into wet shaving can be very intimidating.  It took me months of research and deliberating before I decided to take the plunge.  I think the biggest thing holding me back initially was the overwhelming nature of finding what I needed to get started.  I knew I needed a razor, blades, shaving cream or soap and a brush, but figuring out which ones to buy took forever.  What I did below it put together an easy starter selection for anyone looking to get into wet shaving.  If you are curious about where to get started, these products are a great way to test the waters without investing more than a few months of replacement cartridge purchases.

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Regards,

Tailor & Barber