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How to shave yourself with a straight razor - a 10 min guide

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Uploaded on Aug 1, 2010

This is a 10 minute instructional video showing how to shave yourself using a straight razor. The razor used is perfect for daily straight razor shaving - it is called a shavette - a straight razor using disposable blades. This type of razor is most common in barbershops for hot towel shaves.

The techniques used here are by no means perfect or textbook. Each man needs to discover what works for him.

Shaving yourself and shaving a customer in a barbershop are two very different experiences. As a barber giving a shave in your shop you would use more formal techniques/ ways of holding the razor.

Techniques covered here:

-lathering with brush
-massaging soap into beard
-typical and atypical razor holds
-pulling skin taut
-pursing lips when applying lather
-reapplying lather
-back and forward stokes
-first pass shave
-second pass shave (against grain)
-mustache area
-tidying up edges

Again this is not the perfect shave! It is just a video guide for the average Joe who'd like to learn how to shave at home with a straight razor.

Music by Roy Collins Hot Club.

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