Straight Razor Safety 101

Shaving can be a difficult task if one does not have the right tools. Barbers and men who are looking for a good shaving tool should consider using a straight razor. This razor can safely provide a close shave if it is used properly.

What is a Straight Razor?

A straight razor is a razor with a blade that can be folded into a handle. Generally this type of razor is only used by barbers. This is because using straight razors requires a certain level of skill and finesse. Many consumers are willing to go to a barber shop for a paid shave as they feel that these razors give a more superior shave than their alternatives.

Future barbers may be surprised to learn that there is more than one type of straight blade razor on the market. These razors differ due to their grinding methods, blade width and point type.

How do Barbers Safely Use Straight Razors?

New barbers should be aware that their first few shaves will deliver less than ideal results. However, once they have mastered their technique nicks and patches of uneven shaving will become a rarity. The first step in using this type of razor is buying a high quality blade. Using blades with uneven surfaces, nicks or indentations may result in cuts. Examining the razor is especially important for those who buy a secondhand product.

Importance of Keeping the Blade Sharp

Keeping the blade sharp is very important. This ensures that tough hair strands can be dealt with in the first instance. Sharp blades are also safer as people who use dull blades tend to apply force or pressure to the razor. This often leads to cuts and nicks. As shaving with a dry face is very uncomfortable, barbers must use a good shaving cream product. Failing to do so could result in razor burn, irritation and cuts. Barbers can start the shaving process by lathering up the face with a shaving brush.

How to use Razors

Using a straight razor requires a cautious approach. Barbers can start off by holding the shank. The shaver should keep their thumb underneath the blade to keep the razor steady. It is also important to wrap the ring and pinkie fingers around the tang. Barbers can use their spare hand to stretch the skin.

This will allow them to get the closet shave possible. The razor should be held at a 30 degree angle and moved across the direction of hair growth.

If you are interested in becoming a barber, you should give us a call. Our school will teach you straight razor safety. We will also teach you other skills such as basic hair cutting and give you information about how to work as a barber.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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