How to ... use the proper safety razor

The right shave with the safety razor

How does the saying go? You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs... But all it takes to make sure that only, well, the right eggs break is a little practice. How do you actually shave properly with a safety razor?

A manual.

Some of us may still remember how father stood in front of the bathroom mirror on a Sunday morning with bloody toilet paper scraps on his face. Many men are therefore (still) reluctant to attempt the apparently difficult and seemingly dangerous shave with a safety razor. But fortunately times are changing and now even more women are reaching for the razor. But if you know how to do it, shaving with a safety razor is neither dangerous nor particularly difficult. On the contrary, it is suitable for everyone and one thing above all: is it sustainable!

First of all, it is important to properly soap the part of the body that is to be shaved. Soaping softens the hair and ensures a better gliding of the blade. Apply the shaving soap or cream with the brush in a circular motion. You should take two and a half to three minutes – and enjoy the little massage. Do you have to be quick in the morning? Then simply postpone shaving until the evening. Make a personal grooming ritual out of it and reward yourself with a relaxing ritual to end the day.

After lathering up, the safety razor is set at an angle of about 30 degrees and the hair is shaved without pressure in the direction of growth. The skin on the chin or neck should be pulled taut, and the same is recommended for delicate areas such as the armpits or bikini line. As a general rule – even if it sounds a bit paradoxical – the sharper the blade, the lower the risk of cutting yourself. This is because you push or pull harder with a rather blunt blade.Next, the safety razor is applied at a 30 degree angle and moved in the direction of the growth of the hair. Make sure to pull the skin tight when doing your chin and neck. One basic rule, even if it may sound a little paradoxical, is the sharper the blade, the less the risk that you will cut yourself. The reason for this is that you tend to pull or push more with a blunt blade. 

Where exactly you start and whether you prefer an open or closed comb is something you learn by trial and error. Now, we have created a particularly gentle partner for all beginners: The COMPANION is the first unisex safety razor from MÜHLE. Thanks to the new razor head design, bloody toilet paper scraps are a thing of the past and at the same time, sustainable shaving with the razor now finally belongs to everyone!

You can find the right safety razor in the shop.