When I first started with straights, I shaved every other day because of the irritation. My technique wasn’t good and the razors were honed on diamond paste(harsh) and they were very sharp but not comfortable. For the straight razor it makes no difference if you have a 24h stubble or a weeks worth of growth. All goes down with a single swipe. Do what’s comfortable for you. Take your time and make sure the lather is slick. The DE lather is not good enough.View attachment 64977
Shave today was with
Prep Edwin Jagger pre shave lotion
Soap Goodfellas smile De Nero
Brush Haryali London Modern Black Silver Tip Badger hair Shaving Brush
Razor J. Nowill & Sons "KrossKeys" straight razor.
Aftershave De Nero again.
This is my first ever shave using a straight razor, I prepped my brush, soap and face by using nice hot water.
Then I rubbed in my pre shave lotion, it was time to start loading up my brush with some lovely creamy lather.
Lather applied I picked up the straight razor and very slowly set to work.
Man the videos on YouTube make it look so easy but easy it was not, I managed to get most of the hair off without too many cuts and I decided to rinse my face and go again.
I could feel the razor starting to get a better hold in my hand without feeling so out of place and I could see my blade angles etc improve slightly.
After a second pass my face was cleaned of around 90% of stubble definitely not BBS but I expected this, I decided to touch it up with my leaf razor because it was at hand ready for a head shave.
I would say I had the same amount of cuts and slight redness as I did when I first started DE shaving.
Once finished off I washed my face in cold water, patted dry and applied the aftershave splash ooooo smells lush.
I am wondering should I shave every day instead of every other day with the straight ?
the theory is it might be easier to keep smooth with less stubble and I can get the muscle memory going for a better technique.
What would you advise?