How to use your double edge razor!
They are making a come back in a big way and you may also be thinking of throwing out the plastic razor and investing in a reusable double edge razor. Here's what you need to know on how to use them and avoid the inevitable nicks. I still remember my dad walking around the house with a bit of tissue stuck to his chin from using a safety razor and being nicked!
While everyone’s shaving needs are different, here are a few tips to get you started.
Prepare for your first shave..
- Unpack your safety razor and recycle or compost the cardboard box.
- Screw the handle anti clockwise and remove the razor head.
- Take the razor blade and carefully unwrap it – take care to hold the blade at the sides (the short ends) as the long ends are extremely sharp! Please be careful!
- Get some rubbing alcohol or similar, put it on a clean cloth, and rub down the blade and safety razor (to disinfected for your first shave).
- Part the head into two and slot in the razor blade over the three prongs to sit the blade in the correct position.
- Once the blade is sandwiched between the two parts, screw the handle back on to secure the blade.
- The blade should now be protruding from under the head cover.
- Your razor is now ready to use! Again, please don't smooth your fingers over the blade.
Now to start shaving:
- For a smooth shave, wet your skin with warm water, your favourite soap and take it slow!
- Be gentle & take care when shaving around your knees, ankles etc. Get to know which angles work best for each area (we recommend approx 30-degree angle to start).
- Apply no pressure! I cannot stress this enough. This is where most people go wrong with a safety razor. The blade is super sharp so it does all the hard work for you, the weight of the razor is enough with no added pressure! If you press any further you may cut yourself. If you find you naturally want to apply pressure, try holding the razor by the tip of the handle.
- Start with small strokes instead of longer ones. Get used to the razor the more you use it the more confident you will get.
- Find the right angle. Remember the blade head doesn't pivot or contour to your skin like the plastic razors do. You need to do the contouring. Most people recommend holing the razor at a 30-degree angle, but everyone is different and you'll need to find the right angle for you.
- Watch out for moles, cuts and raised skin 'things', just like you would need to with a disposable razor.
- Rinse razor every couple of strokes, to keep the blade clean and clear from hair clog!
- Shave with the grain. Shaving against the grain creates ingrown hairs and irritation, and pulls the skin with the hair you’re going against, so you might end up cutting yourself. We suggest shaving with the grain, and if this doesn’t get all the hair, go over it again. Going softly over the same area a few times is also recommended for people with sensitive skin.
Hottest tip: When handling the razor please avoid touching the sharp edges of the blade.
Looking after your safety razor
To ensure it lasts, it is important to take good care of your safety razor.
Make sure you take out the blade (by the short, non-sharp sides) and rinse both the blade and the razor to remove suds and hair after use.
Completely dry the razor and blade, close it all back up, and store it in a dry place for next time. Even though the chrome plating means it is unlikely to corrode from water, keeping something in a warm and wet place is never a good idea if you want to make it last.
If you want to clean it further, you can wipe the razor and blade with the rubbing alcohol and let it dry before popping it away.
Use the singular blade until it becomes dull and/or rusty. The blade is dull when it takes a few goes to get the hair off, or you feel like it tugs at the hair.
At this point, you can either store the blade for recycling. We recommend a glass jar, or sharpen it for further use. If you are storing, make sure they stored safely and once it’s filled, take to your nearest recycling facility. You can contact your local council to find out where your nearest one is.
Note these razors are unisex. We don't care who you are, if you want to shave go ahead.