For many men, shaving is an important ritual that they enjoy. It helps them feel fresh and more confident. For many men, shaving with a straight razor is a matter of man pride and honor. For others, it is a matter of tradition.
However, there are many other reasons why men should be shaving this way and it doesn’t have anything to do with what’s going on in your mind but with the health benefits that straight razor shaving offers. Today, we are going to talk about those benefits.
No Skin Issues
One of the most common problems that many men face after shaving is skin irritation after shaving. There are several reasons for this including sensitive skin, poor technique, but the biggest one is the use of cartridge razors, particularly multi-blade ones.
When shaving, it’s important to have proper lubrication applied, but multiple swipes remove the lubrication really quickly. So, when you are making those final moves, your skin is basically dry, and this causes irritations. Skilled straight razor shaving usually requires a single movement when there is enough lubrication.
Even though straight razor shaving requires a lot of practice and time until you learn how to do it properly, it’s well worth it. You are controlling a single open blade which gives you more flexibility and better control. You can control the pressure, angle, and positioning in a better way.
There is no plastic casting to get in your way and transitioning on the grain is much easier. Even those areas that are usually hard to reach are now accessible and you can approach them from any angle you want.
No Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are a nightmare of every man and we’ve all had one at some point. Some people simply have those genetics and it happens to them more often. This is why you should look to find a way to reduce this issue.
Cartridge razors that have several blades pull beard hair out while the follicle under is cut and this damages the hair. Plus, its growth becomes unpredictable. Straight razors don’t pull the hair in any way and they shave very closely to the skin while causing no damage to follicles, leading to less ingrown hair.
Better Shave Overall
When learning straight razor shaving properly and mastering the technique, you will need less time to shave. The knife is sharper, and you will need a single swipe to get the close shave you need. Additionally, straight razors cut the hair much closer to the skin meaning that it will take longer for your beard to grow.
Even if you don’t like straight razor shaving, you should try it out because of these benefits. It will take time to master it, but it feels much better. For the closest and most comfortable straight razor shave, book an appointment with Merchant & Rhoades today!