|| Safety razors ||
Now I have to admit, I was a little sceptical before trying a safety razor. This was not due to thinking that it wouldn't work as well, but due to the fact that I was a tad nervous to shave with an exposed blade. After having used a safety razor now for a couple of years or so, I thought that I would share some tips and info.
1) Lather up.
It is important to make sure that your skin is wet and well lathered. Instead of using a gel or foam in a plastic bottle, just use a shaving bar, shampoo bar or body bar.
2) Find your angle.
Hold the razor at a 30 degree angle. Plastic razors have a head that pivots whereas the safety razor heads don't move. Keep it at an angle and don't apply pressure. The weight of the razor is enough to help glide at the right pressure.
3) Don't be in a hurry.
Take your time. It can take a few go's to get the feel of using a safety razor. They are heavier and the edge of the blade is more exposed, meaning that it is easier to Nick your skin. I started off super slow but soon became more confident.
4) Keep it clean and dry.
I always ensure that I clean my razor after use and then I store it in a jar. Keep it in a dry place in-between uses to prevent any rust forming over time.
So what are the pro's??
Plastic cartridge razors have 3 - 4 blades running over your skin at a time. This can cause irritation. Safety razors have one blade and the edge is more exposed which allows the hair to be cut better and you are left with a closer shave. I have noticed that my skin is no longer dry after shaving as it used to be.
Safety razors are more affordable. It may seem daunting to buy one at first as the cost is higher than that of a plastic razor. At Eko Hub, we have safety razors that cost $39.99.
The blades are $5 for a pack of 5. If you are using the razor daily, you would look at replacing the blade approx weekly. If you don't use it often, you can go for a good 2 - 3 weeks before changing. Just trust your judgement in when you think it needs replacing.
Safety razors are better in reducing environmental impact as they are designed to last for years and years. I collect my blades in a jar and when it becomes full (which will take a long time due to being small and slim), I will then take them to scrap metal.
What are the con's??
It definitely takes some time in finding the right technique. Not gonna lie, I had a few nicks on my skin when I first started, but nothing that a bit of toilet paper and kawakawa balm didn't sort. Its a bit more time consuming the first while, which can be annoying if you are in a hurry.
So do I want to keep using a safety razor?
I sure do. I am really happy with mine and will continue to use it. A much closer shave, affordable and many plastic razors which I know longer have to buy. Win 👍
Would I recommend one? Absolutely I would.
Would love to hear if you have tried one before. What are your thoughts??