Mechanical shaving also called “wet shaving” is generally regarded as giving the best result. The aim is to cut the hair as closely as possible to the skin.
A Bit of History
Until the middle of the 20th century, the use of "Rasoir Sabre" "Straight razors" also called “Cut-throats” required real skill, so most men went to professional barbers.
Then safety razors with disposable blades were invented by the American company Gillette.
The current generation of razor blades are true wonders of technology and allow a very close shave while limiting damage to the skin.
How to get a good shave
The basic rule is "Keep it wet". This is because wet hair is softer (look at your hair after a bath).
This softness will make shaving easier, as the blade needs to pass less often and irritation is reduced.
The ideal is to shave after a shower when the hair and skin are moistured and then apply a pre-shave product which will keep the beard wet and protect the skin from being damaged by the blade. The best advice is still to use a shaving brush and a good quality shaving cream or soap.
You might be interested in knowing that the French word for a shaving brush is “blaireau” it is also how a badger is called. Good shaving brushes are made of badger hair, which has been used for a very long time because of its water-resistant properties. It remains soft and supple when wet to make it easier to work up with a good lather.
The “JORIS” and “PLISSON” shaving brushes are manufactured using only genuine badger hair.
Using cream or shaving soap (as preferred) will give a more comfortable shave because your beard will remain wet, the blade will glide more easily and cause less damage to the skin.
Start with the most sensitive parts – cheeks, throat and below the nose – and finish with the chin.
The blade mustglide in the same direction than the bristles. If you feel tugging or juddering, change blades. Use light strokes. If the result is not perfect, lather and shave again lightly in the opposite direction. Finish by rinsing with lukewarm water.
Today high quality blades reduce the risks of irritation and abrasions. If you have skin problems such as spots or redness use an after-shave containing alcohol.
Finish with a balm to moisturise your skin and you are ready for an excellent day!
Shaving brush maintenance
Before using for the first time, wash your new shaving brush in warm, soapy water, rinse and dry.
At Plisson, we advise the use of our own mild shaving soap, which will not harm the bristles.
When you finish shaving, rinse the brush thoroughly in lukewarm water. Then let it dry naturally in the air by hanging it on a holder with the bristles pointing down.
Do not leave a damp shaving brush in a closed container for any duration.