What is wet shaving? A Guide for Beginners

Hey, it’s Shave Dad, and today, we’re diving into the art of wet shaving. It’s not just a grooming routine; it’s a transformation into a true grooming warrior. So, fasten your seatbelts because I’m about to break down what wet shaving is, why it’s the only way to shave, and how you can get started on this incredible journey.

Step 1: Gather Your Arsenal

The first step to becoming a wet shaving legend is to gather your essential tools:

  1. Razor: Choose your weapon, either a double-edge razor or a straight razor. These bad boys offer unparalleled flexibility and control compared to cartridge razors, and I’ll get to that in a bit.
  2. Shaving Brush: You need a good brush to work up that rich, protective lather. Trust me; it’s a game-changer.
  3. Shaving Soap or Cream: This is the stuff that’ll create the perfect lather, the kind you won’t get from those generic cans.
  4. Aftershave: To soothe and moisturize your skin, never skip this step. Your face deserves the best.

Step 2: Prepare for Battle

Before you start, you need to prep your battlefield:

  1. Hydrate: Open up those pores and soften your beard by applying a warm, damp towel or having a hot shower. This step is crucial for an easier, irritation-free shave.
  2. Apply Lather: Use your trusty shaving brush to whip up a lather with your chosen soap or cream. Apply it evenly to your face, ensuring it covers all the right spots.

Step 3: Master the Technique

Now, let’s talk about the technique. It’s time to get down to business:

  1. The Right Angle: Whether you’re wielding a double-edge razor or a straight razor, the angle is crucial. For double-edge razors, aim for around 30 degrees. For straight razors, it’s all about finesse. Keep that hand steady, my friend.
  2. Gentle Glide: Remember, minimal pressure is the key. Let the weight of the razor do the work. You’ll get a close shave with zero irritation.
  3. Short Strokes: Use short, controlled strokes, moving with the grain of your hair. If you want a closer shave, you can go against the grain in subsequent passes. But, take it slow, especially if you’re new to this.

Step 4: Rinse and Maintain

After each pass, rinse your blade under warm water to rinse out hair and lather buildup. Multiple passes may be needed for that super-close shave, but take your time.

Step 5: Aftershave and Moisturize

Once you’ve conquered the battlefield, rinse your face with cold water to close those pores. Pat your face dry and apply your chosen aftershave lotion or balm to soothe and hydrate your skin.

Why Wet Shaving Rules the Game

Now, let me tell you why wet shaving is the king of the grooming world. The control and precision you get with a double-edge or straight razor are second to none. Say goodbye to irritation and razor burn. Wet shaving respects your face, giving you the ultimate, irritation-free experience.

Compared to those overpriced cartridge razors, wet shaving is a total game-changer. Not only will it give you a better shave, but it’s also going to save you some serious cash. Those multi-blade cartridges are expensive, and they only last a fraction of the time that a well-maintained double-edge or straight razor does. That’s more money in your pocket for the things that matter.

Join the Conversation: Shave Dad on Facebook

And here’s the icing on the cake. If you’re ready to dive even deeper into the wet shaving world, check out “Shave Dad” on Facebook. It’s a community of shaving enthusiasts where you can learn everything there is to know about wet shaving, swap stories, and get some sweet tips. Best of all, it’s free to join. You’ll find a community as passionate about shaving as I am about cars.

Gear Up at The Wet Shaving Store

Now, where do you get your wet shaving gear? Look no further than “The Wet Shaving Store.” They’ve everything you need to start or level up your wet shaving game. From razors to brushes, soaps to aftershaves, they’ve got it all. It’s your one-stop shop for all your wet shaving gear.


In the world of grooming, wet shaving is king. It’s the ultimate way to achieve a close, irritation-free shave while saving some serious cash. The choice between double-edge and straight razors is a matter of personal preference, like choosing between muscle cars or classic rides.

So there you have it, my friends, the secret to a shave that will make you feel like a true action hero. Get out there, embrace wet shaving, and unleash your inner beast! Stay fast, stay furious, and keep that face as smooth as the pavement I drive on.