Common Wet Shave Mistakes That Newbies Make
Don't Make Classic Rookie Shaving Mistakes Like This.

Don’t Make Classic Rookie Shaving Mistakes Like This.

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The rookie mistakes that most frequently result in knick’s, scratches, irritated skin and other symptoms associated with a do-it-yourself wet shave gone bad.

This thing is, even if you’re a veteran of the traditional wet shave, you may discover one of these common pitfalls has slipped their way into your routine.

Fortunately, the shaved-obsessed gurus at Gentleman’s Hangar are here to set you straight on the fundamentals of the wet shave and give you some pointers to fix the most common mistakes we see among rookies and veterans alike.

Ready… Set… Let’s Shave!

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1.) Change Your Blade. Change Your Results.

This is by far the most common mistake newbie shavers make. Fortunately, it’s also one of the easiest (and affordable) to fix as well.

The number of shaves a blade can handle will vary depending on the brand and quality of blade you purchase. But a good rule of thumb is that you should get a solid 3 – 5 shaves out of most decent blades before you need to make a change.

2.) Misinformation

If you’re like the majority of wet-shave aficionados, you were introduced to this passion from someone close to you like a father, grandfather or close friend.  Depending on how much experience those individuals had with a wet-shave, you may have received some bad, albeit good natured advice about the best way to shave.

If you fall into this category, we recommend downloading The Art of the Shave Guide. This free guide and video will give you both a solid foundation into a straight forward process for shaving, but some fascinating tidbits into the history of shaving as well.

3.) Too Many Shiny Objects

This is the pretty much the opposite of misinformation. It can be easy, especially when just getting started to want to try dozens of combinations of shaving creams, after shaves, and brands of razors to get the ideal close shave. Resist this urge!

When you start a new shaving process, you need to stick with it for awhile. We recommend at least 5 – 10 days using any one process to ensure you’re:

a.) Mastering the regimen and applying product correctly.
b.) Giving your skin time to react to the change in products or process.

3.) Poor Product

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This timeless advice still holds true to this day, especially when it comes to shaving products. Lower grade, mass manufactured creams rob the skin of moisture and simply won’t lather as well as higher-grade options.

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4.) In a Hurry… AKA Poor Prep

Shaving the right way takes a bit more time. One reason is that you ideally want to prep the skin and hair prior to taking the blade to skin.

A 5-minute hot shower before beginning the routine will help open pores and prepare for a better shave. What’s become a classic video below from Mantic59 of Sharpologist demonstrates how you can conduct the proper shave in about 10 minutes.

If you don’t have at least 10 minutes total on a particular day, we completely understand. However, don’t expect to get the same results if you’re not putting the time in.

5.) Too Much Pressure 

Last but not least, a lot of shavers will apply WAY too much pressure to the skin. The result is knicks in skin, irritation and redness. You don’t need to shave this way!

Often, this mishap is the result of not replacing blades frequently enough. If you don’t replace blades regularly, it will be harder to shave. Your tool simply isn’t able to operate at optimal levels without maintenance.

One trick for applying less pressure is to release the grip slightly on the razor. This will allow the razor to do it’s job, instead of your brute strength.

When it comes to shaving… Trial, error, and experimentation to figure out what works best for you is truly is part of the fun. We encourage you to continue testing new approaches to determine what works best for your skin and hair type.

Have any tips that work well for you? Please share them in the comments section below.