DON’T LET ONLINE DECISION MAKING CRIPPLE YOU
Prior to your first shave, I suggest you master your lather building individually rather than in conjunction with a shave. If you can not receive your lather right, your shave could be uncomfortable and that could do more harm than good. I regret not doing this when I have started. I suggest spending a day or two construction lathers, rinsing your brush and then starting over.
Maybe you have produced a situation in your head that was much worse than what it was in fact? That was safety razor shaving for me personally. I must admit, I was really nervous and a bit frightened for my first shave. I had fears and anxiety of mishandling the exposed razor blade and dreams of clipping my jugular on the first pass. I can state that those ultra-focused 46 minutes for my first shave were well worthwhile. The simple truth is that it’s not that scary. If you’re focused, cautious and plan for success, you will absolutely be just fine.
I was quite concerned that security razor shaving could have a steep learning curve, but it turned out to be way easier than I thought. I believe a lot of this came from the fact no one I knew was shaving with a razor, which made me believe… if it was easy, wouldn’t everyone be doing it? I now know that it was all hype in my head. With the right tools, technique and practice, security razor shaving is actually quite simple.
One of the most difficult lessons about taking on a new challenge is the fact that it’s hard to quantify how much instruction is required to be proficient at it. As Malcom Gladwell’s principle of deliberate practice states, one must spend 10,000 hours on something to become world-class in any field. I can’t say that I have spent 5.2 working years of my life wet shaving, but I have encountered lots of learning opportunities in my journey. If I could turn back time, then here are a number of things I wish I’d have understood when I got started.
My suggestion would be to discover and buy a starter kit, as they’re often carefully curated to get a newcomer’s success. Locate one from a trusted source, if it be a brick and mortar store or online and go for it! As soon as you get started using your kit, you can then upgrade your equipment after in the event that you feel the need to. You are able to go à la carte, but you need to research each item and component, which can take up valuable time. Just buy a starter kit and save yourself the time.
MASTER LATHER BUILDING FIRST
The great thing about buying online is that you have options, which conversely is also a bad thing. There tend to be way too many selections available. Combing through sites, reading testimonials and cross-referencing YouTube videos can be extremely overwhelming. This can quickly cripple your decision making and can also prevent you from taking actions. Take time to learn each section along with your will be well on your way to the perfect in home shave!
This may be the most crucial thing. Initially it’s easy to get excited and you may have the urge to acquire a lot of cool shaving gear, soaps, soaps, etc.. I say do not. In the beginning stick to one razor, 1 brush and one soap.
- Mastering the Razor and Brush.
- Deciding your Razor Blade of Choice.
- Perfecting your Lather.
- Learning your Development Patterns.
This is more for the fellas and this one sure got me. I recall bypassing this proposal in the beginning because I believed it was a bit nerdy and unnecessary. Boy was I wrong and that I regret letting my ego get in the way. After a couple of months I was still getting a bit of irritation from time to time on one area of the neck. Upon searching advice from others locally, everything pointed to mapping my facial hair growth patterns. I caved and did it let’s just say it immediately altered the game. My redness and irritation was gone forever. I feel that mapping your beard grain is a vital part of the procedure and a measure that shouldn’t be skipped.
Most kits come with a variety of blades. This is so you can test them and determine that blade brand is best for your skin and razor. I believe that deciding your preferred razor blade is a significant step, one that is often overlooked.
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Before your first shave, master your lather construction separately and not in conjunction with a shave.
After 7-8 tries you should see big improvements. I’m quite certain this is the place where the famous saying lather, rinse repeat originated out. All jokes aside, this may also give you a opportunity to have a sense of how hungry your soap or cream is. Once you feel that your shave lather appears like those at the shave videos, then you’re prepared. I would highly recommend you postpone your initial shave until you get your lather perfected first. Also see my Lather Building Tips article.