Life’s full of little short cuts; the one to avoid traffic, the clip-on tie for the work dinner, and instant coffee. However, while you may not always been near a barber when you need one, you should never cut short your shave.
Here at Drakes we know a good shave. It’s what we do, it’s what we do well, but we’re here to let you in on a few secrets.
- So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided to have a cut throat shave.
No, no don’t be worried, in fact cut throat shaves have been the way all men during the 20th century would abdicate the facial fuzz! It was customary to visit the barber 3 times a week for a good old chin sweep.Here at Drakes we incorporate the spirit of the old time barber with the element of simple luxury and straightforward shaving.
You get a great shave, and we can let you in on how,
- First of all for cut throat shaves you’ll need to open those pores up with a hot towel.
Then once that has done its job, you can then cleanse the skin with only the best men’s skincare products; try something like Dermologica with all its skincare qualities. Now in order to get a clean shave with no dead skin being scraped we use a skin scrub or exfoliate. This helps open the pores which in turn clears out grease, grit and dirt gets rid of those blackheads.
- So! On to the next step.
Wipe away all the excess scrub and grease form your dirty mug and apply a second HOT towel. This one is going to be applied with some pressure in order to gain maximum effect, don’t get too excited with the massaging motion, it’s just to gain as much hot moisture into your pores as possible. The heat from the towel actually raises the hairs and makes them softer. The desired effect thereafter with the razor is to swipe them off like butter.
- Now we apply the shaving cream.
I know “what’s wrong with foam?” I hear you say. Foam actually dries up the skin and doesn’t penetrate the surface, it just sits there… doing nothing. We mix up the shaving cream with hot water in a bowl and then apply it with a shaving brush. Using just the right amount of pressure and speed the brush is lifting the hair and soften it up.
- Taking a fresh razor from the sealed pack we place a fine edged razor blade into the instrument & then begin the shave.
Here at Drakes we shave with the grain in order to avoid skin irritation, redness, and rash. So when you’re shaving at home, you do the same. In some places that means going in the opposite direction to the rest of your growth normally this occurs on the neck.
- Once the shave is finished use a cold towel, run under the tap for a while to close the pores and clean any excess hair off the face before applying moisturiser and a calming balm.