How to Get a Close Shave with Straight Razors
From the desk of Lucinda Bradfield, Barber Instructor:
- Hold the straight razor with your ring finger resting on the tang (curved metal end beyond the pivot).
- Rest the center and forefinger on the back of the sharp edge.
- Place your thumb in favor of the cutting edge alongside the middle.
- To make the principal pass:
- Hold the cutting edge at a 30-degree angle.
- Move the cutting edge toward the hair development, (with the grain) with even strokes and little pressure.
- Draw your skin upward with the other hand to keep it tight.
- On the off chance that it’s required, you can make several passes over the area.
- Try not to shave against the development, (against the grain), or you’ll get nicks and cuts.
Practice will make perfect when it comes to a straight razor shave. Don’t get discouraged as you are learning a whole new method of shaving. You can also schedule an appointment at Clary Sage College to experience the difference of a straight razor shave.