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Guide to Safety Razor Shaving for Women

Give a girl a plastic razor and she’s smooth for a month. Give a girl a stainless-steel safety razor and she’s smooth fo’ life! That’s our motto anyway!

Safety razors are having a renaissance and they are no longer the domain of men. More and more women are ditching their pink, plastic, single use razors for the high quality, close shave and environmental benefits. Not to mention the pink tax; the notion that products that are branded towards women are more expensive than their male counterparts. The cost of the Muhle safety razor we stock on Acala, although that initially more expensive investment than a disposable razor, within a year you will have made back your investment. After that you’re saving money. 

Here’s our guide to getting the best shave with your safety razor:

Getting the angle right

The blade is more exposed so there is the potential to cut yourself more often with a safety razor if not engaged correctly.  However, there is nothing to be afraid of, most women find that after a few times practising the technique they rarely cut themselves. When moving from a disposable, cartridge razor to a safety there are just a few key differences to be aware of:

  • Angle the razor at about 30 degrees to the surface of the skin. Unlike cartridge razors, heads on safety razors don’t pivot so you must control the angle yourself.
  • You don’t need to apply downward pressure onto the surface of the skin. The way the safety razor is designed, you will get a close shave without added pressure.

Changing the blade

How long a blade will last really depends on the individual, the type of hair you have and the frequency with which you shave. If you have light hair and only shave once every three or four days, a blade will last you around a month.  If you have medium to coarse hair however and you shave most days, the blade will last for around two weeks.

Time needed to shave with a safety razor

Initially shaving with a safety razor will take a little longer as you will need to get to grips with the technique. Once you’re up and running, it will take you no longer than shaving with a disposable cartridge razor.

If you have thicker hair, then you might want to do a multi pass shave for the closest shave possible.  This would mean initially going with the grain and then either across or against it. Doing a multi pass shave takes a little bit longer than with a safety razor, but nothing substantial. ​

 Using shaving cream with your safety razor

We recommend always using some form of shaving cream or soap for lubrication when shaving with a safety razor. We recommend using a natural soap for a comfortable shave that won’t leave your skin irritated. 

    So, there you have it, simples! We believe there are so many added benefits to using a safety razor, from lessening your environmental impact to a closer shave and less ingowing hairs. Many people note that their skin looks healthier after making the switch to safety shaving. Many women with sensitive skin also find that simply switching to a safety razor eliminates the irritation that they commonly experience with disposable razors. Not to mention that you will save money. No brainer we say! 

    Will you make the switch?

    Any questions on this article drop us an email at hello@acalaonline.com. We love to hear from you!

    Looking for the perfect after-shaving moisturiser? We love these super gentle, all natural body butters from KiteNest.

    • Lavender body butter from KiteNest [hyperlink to product page on Acala]
    • Orange and Ginger body butter from KiteNest [hyperlink to product page on Acala]

     



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