How To Assemble A Wet Shaving Kit Yourself
Congratulations my disciple! Like many people before you, you too are entering the world of wet shaving, and are all confused as to where to start. It’s nothing to be ashamed about as there are more than a million things around you which you think you need to buy, but don’t know which to buy. All look similar, and to make things worse, there’s the nagging fear of your making the wrong choice and cutting yourself.
And don’t worry; you are not the only one to worry so much about this as it’s something that happens to everyone. It’s only once you overcome all the fear and nervousness about wet shaving that you should think about building your first wet shave kit.
While there’s lots of information you can use online, we plan to help you too with this guide. We offer the best and most relevant tips to help you out so that you will have a better idea of your first wet shaving experience once you are done.
What is wet shaving?
Now, do you really know what wet shaving means? Well, the phrase actually explains itself as your face is wet while you shave. And shaving is done using a single blade razor and you need some preferably glycerin-based shaving soap, a shaving brush, and a shaving mug to create lather.
It’s quite obvious that you spend a bit more time with wet shaving when compared to shaving using a standard or electric razor. It’s important you remember this and make provisions for the extra time spent in your everyday routine. It’s not actually that difficult, and if your grandfather and great-grandfather had enough time to wet shave, you should have time too.
Why should I wet shave?
Many people wonder why they should wet shave. Well, there are actually quite a few benefits to it, which will justify your spending time and money creating your wet shave kit.
Much better shave
A wet shave gives a really smooth and regular shave. It’s only when you start wet shaving will you realize how much different and better your skin looks and feels. On the contrary, there’s a high chance of electric and disposable razors irritating your skin and leaving you with ingrown hairs, razor burn, and soreness. Besides, the shave is much closer than a double-edged safety razor’s closeness.
You will most probably have spent about $20 for your razor cartridges, which on average amounts to about $2.50 per cartridge. This is rather expensive if you compare it with the 25 cents you have to spend to buy a double-edged safety razor.
Moreover, as you can use the classic shaving creams and soaps for your shave, you stand to save even more money. This is much cheaper when compared to the chemical foam you find in cans which costs about $5 which is not long-lasting and doesn’t give the best shave.
You can actually do your bit for the environment when you wet shave as you have to dispose only of a single metal razor blade and the shaving soap containers or wrappers. This waste is minimal and eco-friendly if you compare it with the waste of disposable razors and canned shaving creams which end up in landfills.
Feeling of command
Another benefit of a wet shave is that you will be doing something the great men of history once did. In other words, you will be sharing the same classical shaving experience people like your grandfather, Ben Franklin, and Harry S. Truman once did.
Looking at all these benefits, it really does look worth getting rid of all the disposable razor cartridges and cans of shaving cream and instead work at completing your wet shaving kit.
Step 1. Choose your razor
The first thing you have to do is choose the right razor as it’s the foundation for your wet shave kit. It is, in fact, the one tool that everything else in the shaving kit will be supporting, except for the blade. But of course, the blade goes hand in hand with the blade, which is why you have to choose wisely here.
You will find that there are various razor brands to choose from, with their individual pros and cons. There are some of the better brands like Edwin Jagger and Merkur and there are also some of the old, classical Gilletes to add to the mix.
The best way to find the best razor for you is by finding, and going through reviews of different razor blades. There are so many designs and types of razors to choose from, it’s left to you to decide if you want a razor with an open, rounded comb on the edge or a closed comb.
Or if you want a fixed-gap razor or something adjustable where you can decide how far the blade sticks out. Or if you want a two piece blade or a butterfly to change out razor blades, or many other designs. Making your choice is actually the hardest part as you have to select based on factors like comfort, price and shave closeness and effectiveness.
Step 2. Choice of blade
The next thing you have to do after choosing your razor is selecting the right blades. This is a bit easier as there are not too many varieties to choose from. They are all double-edged razor blades which are advertised and manufactured to fit in practically any DE safety razor. It’s the small differences in sharpness, angle, packaging, and price that you have to compare to decide which blade will work best for you.
It is always better if you try out a sample pack. This way you will be able to try out a variety of razors from numerous companies to decide which gives you the best shaving experience. You will then know which brand is your favorite to order more. Sample packs are always better, and they prove handy if you forget to buy your standard brand and need to shave!
Step 3. Choose your soap wisely
Once you choose your tools for removing your facial hair it’s time to decide which lubricant you want to use your razor blades against. There are basically two options to choose from- shaving soaps and shaving creams.
While shaving creams are comparable to Barbasol cans you should be using now for your shaving needs, it’s better to add something that’s not packed in an aerosol for your wet shave kit. This is why shaving creams are a better choice, which is available aplenty out there in the market. They work great and don’t have any air that will eventually foam up. All you have in shaving creams are herbs and some natural oils that work wonders to your face.
Shaving soaps do give lather but are comparatively a much more traditional option for your wet shave. They are however great in a way as you can control the amount of lather that you make. They are also a healthier option and do effectively lubricate your razor blade. This means that the chances of your getting nicks, cuts, irritation or any redness are minimal. In a nutshell, it all boils down to your choice. You can choose between soaps and creams as both have their individual benefits.
Step 4. Additional accessories
Now’s the additional accessories that complete your first shave kit. The shaving brush is next in line in terms of importance when compared to the shaving soap and cream. Look for something with medium bristles like badger or horse hair and which is comfortable with a cool grip on the handle. It makes you feel much better using the brush.
There are a plethora of things you can add like pre-shave and after-shave lotions which help keep your face looking and feeling healthy both before and after shaving. There are also shaving mugs and dishes which work as designer containers for you to use for lathering up your soap or cream with a brush. While any old container can do, there are cute scuttles that help easily make lather.
There are a lot more accessories you can invest in to create the optimal wet shave kit. However, these basic steps will prove helpful at giving you a nice, basic kit to start you out with your shaving!