Getting an itch to learn a new skill? One is just around the corner, the history of straight shaving dates back all the way from Alexander The Great when he regulates his men to shave so that the enemy won’t be able to pull their beards in a really intimate close quarter combat, such is a tactical advantage. Straight shaving isn’t for everyone but it’s a cool way to shave, it’s like changing your handwriting after so many years of using that egotistic all-caps.
- Prepare your blade – make sure it’s not only sharp but honed and stropped as well, if you don’t know what it is here’s the pic
- Prepare you face – In most first-world countries, hot water on tap is almost always readily available but in the Philippines even some middle class don’t have hot water ready on tap and the best option is to boil water using “takure” or kettle. Soak a face towel to the hot water and run it through your whiskers.
- Lather up – If you’re still using a aerosol shaving cream and no intention of switching then straight shaving is not for you and you don’t to continue reading on. Get a real shaving cream and lather up using badger hair brush.
- Shave – Hold a straight blade like a pro, something like this.
- Rinse – Rinse with cold water, not lukewarm water as in straight-from-tap cold, towel dry and get ready to face the world like Alexander The Lapu-lapu.