Why you should give straight razors a chance this year

Why You Should Give Straight Razors a Chance This Year

In Men's Style, Style & Beauty by Melanie Shaw

Straight razors are often something we associate with black-and-white movies, and maybe the odd horror film. In our collective imagination, they’re relegated to a past era, taken over by modern safety razors and electrical gadgets.

The reality is that straight razors never really disappeared – in fact, they’re making a comeback now as people start to realise how great they are. If you’re dissatisfied with your current razor of choice, then allow us to try to persuade you to give straight razors a chance this year.

The tightest shave possible

The simple fact of the matter is that straight razors can provide you with a tighter shave than any other kind of razor. Because of the angle and the sharpness of the blade, straight razors tend to leave your skin feeling soft and much less irritated compared to safety razors. The simple fact of the matter is that straight razors can provide you with a tighter shave than any other kind of razor. Because of the angle and the sharpness of the blade, straight razors tend to leave your skin feeling soft and much less irritated compared to safety razors.

With just a single blade, this reduces razor burn, making the experience more comfortable overall. Of course, this comes at a bit of a price – you need to learn how to use the razor properly, and it requires a little more care. In the long run, though, we think it’s worth it.

Save money

With cartridge razors, old-school safety razors and electric razors, once the blade starts to become a little dull, you need to throw it away and buy a replacement. This isn’t the case with straight razors.

While it’s true that straight razors do require more looking after than other razors, if you look after them properly, they can last you for years to come. By stropping and honing the blade when necessary, you can keep it even sharper than it was when it first came out of the box.

By only needing to invest in a single high-quality blade that could end up lasting you a decade, you’ll save money and be choosing a more environmentally sustainable shaving solution.

It’s more engaging

Part of making life as enjoyable as possible consists of making sure that you take joy in the little things. Whether that’s really taking the time to perfect your morning coffee or getting that perfect reading light for your bedtime reading session, those little things can make life so much more engaging.

The same applies to shaving with a straight razor. The fact that you have to pay more attention, and work on your skills, means that shaving will start to become a more meaningful part of your routine.

Instead of just being something that you want to get over and done with as quickly as possible, it might even transition into something that you end up looking forward to each morning.

Shaving doesn’t just have to be another one of those boring, tedious chores that you need to take care of. By giving straight razors a try, you can take pride in how you shave, while also achieving a far better end result than you would be able to with other kinds of razors. They’re not too pricey, so if you’re on the fence, why not just give it a shot? You can always switch back to your old method, but we don’t think you’ll want to.

About Melanie Shaw

Melanie Shaw is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has worked in the fashion industry in PR and communications, helping brands launch their latest products and collections.

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