How to Shave With a Straight Razor

Shaving with a straight razor

  1. Shave with the grain of your beard.
  2. You will want to use firm, even strokes with the blade at about 30 degrees.
  3. Using your left hand, reach over your face and pull up the skin on your right cheek. Shave half of the cheek, downward.
  4. Then, move your hand down to pull the skin taut again.
  5. Keep shaving with a downward stroke.
  6. Tilt your head to the left and back.
  7. Pull the skin taunt and shave under the right jaw.
  8. Repeat this process on the other side of your face and jaw.

Keep At It

Next, move to your upper lip. Pull the upper lip downward.

Shave downward, as well. When shaving your chin, you will want to pull your lower lip upward as much as possible.

Next comes the hardest part, shaving under the chin. Tilt your head back with your chin up.

Use your left fingers to pull the skin down. Be very careful as you shave this area.

For beginners, you should just make the one downward pass. As you get more comfortable with your straight razor, you can go back over your skin several times. You can even learn to shave against the grain of your stubble.

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