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The debate around which razor to use has generally been around safety razors vs cartridge razors. However, in today’s blog we will also talk you through the pros and cons, and the particularities of the straight razor. Many of you are probably familiar with the straight razor because you saw it being used in films or some family member still owns one from their dad or grandfather, but you never really had the chance to try it yourselves. So, why not understanding the main differences between the three and which one is best to use!
These are the most common razors, and probably the least expensive amongst the three (although not in the long term!). Cartridge razors are multiple blade disposable razors that became popular in the last 10 years or so. These razors have more than 1 blade – you can find cartridge razors with two or even seven blades – this is so your razor can lift and cut a greater amount of hair with a smaller number of repeat strokes. The most popular in this category are the 3 and 5-blade razors. Generally, a 5-blade razor is advised for those who have thicker hair - this is because the multiple blades would allow to cut through the coarse hair. However, for those whose skin tends to be more sensitive, a 3-blade razor is a better option. Most cartridges will also have a lubricating strip on the top to ensure that the blades curve over the face during the shave and reduce irritations.
Although multi-blades razors can maximize your shaving experience with minimal stokes, these razors can’t perform a really close shave. This is where safety razors and straight razors win the competition against the most popular and easy to use multiple blade disposable razors. A safety razor, also called double edge safety razor, is generally crafted in metal and has a protective guard to protect you from cuts and nicks while shaving with the double edge razor blade. These blades are generally heavier and shorter than cartridge ones and require a bit more practice before you can finally master your shave. In today’s fast-paced society, men tend to prefer razors that are more versatile and that can give you a good enough result in the shortest time. However, owning and mastering a safety razor will allow you not only to enjoy the daily ritual of shaving, but also obtain a superior shave result with less likelihood to get skin irritation. After an initial higher investment, double edge safety razors are significantly cheaper over the long run.
Shaving with a straight razor is a completely different experience. Many men may find it intimidating and other rather fascinating. However, one thing is certain: shaving with a straight razor gives you the closest shave you will ever experience. This is why most men will book an appointment with their barber for a straight razor shave when getting ready for a big event where they want to look their best! If you are fascinated by this tool and want to learn how to use it, there are few things you need to know. Firstly, the process to follow is very different to any other shaves (from how to prepare your skin before your shave, to the way you hold your razor, and how to take your first stroke, and so on and so forth); secondly, the shaving time can take on average about 15 minutes once you get used to this tool, and it can take you all the way to 10 shaves before you master it; lastly, it is very important to use the straight razor with extreme caution, especially at the very beginning. So, if you are planning on getting a straight razor, start your process slowly, do your research and follow each step carefully. This is a laboured process, but the results will certainly pay you back.
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