It is recommended to shave after a hot shower letting the steam heat help soften the beard hair. Continue to prepare your skin by applying The Art of Shaving
Pre-Shave Oil and then Lather Up! using warm water, a Shaving Brush and The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream. You are now ready to begin your shave.
2. THE HOLD
Hold the razor at an approximate angle of 30˚ to your face. If you hold the razor too flat it will tear the stubble, too steep and it will cut the skin. You will adjust your hold on the straight razor as you change sides of your face and into areas such as the chin and upper lip. Pull skin slightly taut with your hand in the opposite direction of the blade’s movement to avoid cutting your fingers.
3. THE FIRST STROKE
Begin on one side of the face, starting at the sideburn and take the first stroke at a downward slant from the top of the cheek near the ear. The stroke should be short and even and move from point to heel in a scythe-like movement without jerks or chopping. The razor must not be pulled or dragged and the skin must always be held taut with the free hand to ensure a smooth glide.
4. THE CHIN & UPPER LIP
As the chin is approached, lift the razor slightly. Use the middle of the blade for going over the chin. Never begin a fresh stroke on a prominent part of the face, such as the chin or jawbone. Begin a little away from such places and work over with steady strokes. Treat the two sides of the upper lip as part of the face remembering to pull the opposite side of the lip to smooth out the skin. Leave the center of the lip to be done separately by holding the nose up slightly to tighten the skin.
5. THE LOWER LIP & NECK
For the lower lip, adjust your mouth so the skin of your lower lip is tightened. The first strokes should be taken across from the corner of your mouth to the center of your chin. Remove the remaining hairs on the upward stroke, beginning from the chin and allowing the razor to follow the contour under the lip. Be careful to follow the grain of the hair in the neck area to avoid irritation. This pattern will differ from person to person dependent on hair.
Having gone over the whole face once, it is usually necessary to go over a second time against or across the grain to ensure a clean shave. It is very important to re-lather your face and never take a stroke without shaving cream to cushion and protect your skin. The skin should be held taut in front of the razor and this time the strokes taken as far as possible, against the grain of the hair.
After shaving, splash the face with cool water. Apply The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm or Lotion to the face and neck to replenish moisture and sooth the skin. Pat the skin, do not rub or massage as this can cause irritation! You may also use an alum block or pen to tighten skin as needed prior to applying After-Shave.