Here’s How to Celebrate the End of Movember With a Straight Razor Shave

December 1st is around the corner and men all over the city will be mourning the loss of their Movember mustaches. To help deal with the grief of shaving off that manly stache you have all worked so hard for, Trevor Odho will teach us how to master the lost art of straight razor shaving.

A straight razor is a fixed blade razor that was most common prior to the 1950s, before the safety razors became widely available. Straight razor shaving gives you a far smoother shave than any other method, but can be dangerous if not done properly. Electric razors and the latest shaving contraptions irritate the skin more than needed, leaving razor burn, ingrown hairs, and redness. 

As straight razor shaving is environmentally friendly and saves costs down the road by not having to buy razor cartridges, or double edge blades, it is making a comeback. Though this method of shaving is cheaper, you mustn’t cheap out on your razor. Poor razors can aggravate your skin and cause nicks and cuts. 

Today, Trevor Odho, from Day and Night Salon (Toronto) teaches us how to straight razor shave.  

Step 1 Clip any excessive length with an electric clipper.

Step 2 Steam your face by wrapping with a hot towel.

Step 3 Using a brush apply your shaving cream. Shaving cream spreads the lather around evenly, helps to exfoliate the skin and requires less product than a shaving gel to get a proper lather.

Step 4 Using a sharp, cut-throat razor, shave your face in the same direction in which your facial hair grows to prevent razor burn, redness, and ingrown hairs.

Step 5 Rinse with cool water.

Step 6 Apply after shave to close pores.

Step 7 Apply shave balm to keep your skin hydrated.

Most men have never been treated with shaving oils and a heated lather, so don’t be afraid to indulge yourself at the end of the hard-earned month of Movember with this brilliant male ritual.