Best of the Web: July 4th Edition

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By now you’re probably brushing the grates of your grill and tidying up your backyard in preparation for the festivities happening this weekend. There’s nothing quite like spending a nice summer evening grilling for friends and family while enjoying the patriotic burst and pop of fireworks. Since the 4th of July is only a few days away, today’s Best of the Web is all about how to make your 4th dazzling.

All of us at RoyalShave hope you have a great Independence Day!

1. Just don’t burn yourself – a buyer’s guide to fireworks, because if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right (Men’s Journal)

2. Celebrating the 4th means gathering with friends and family and usually going to town on high-calorie treats. Indulge without putting a spare tire around your belly with these 11 guilt-free treats. (Delish)

3. …But should you choose to indulge, check out 100 Ways to Top a Burger that’ll make your standby beef + cheese + lettuce combo lower its head in shame. A steak burger with fried onions and steak sauce? Now we’re talking. (Delish)

4. A few more 4th of July recipes we’re fond of, in case you’re looking to try something new. Sesame seed buns, an Italian Sausage burger, and more. (Community Table)

5. No party is complete without festive drinks. Get ideas for drinks both liquor imbued (Rhum Swizzle) and liquor free (a creamy and cooling Horchata Milk Shake). (Food & Wine)

6. Want to look good at the BBQ but don’t want to devote every other minute to checking if your hair is in place? Then the textured crop is for you. (Pomades Blog)

7. Food for thought while you’re chowing down outdoors – here are 6 food groups that provide natural sunscreen. (Greatist)

8. In case you get sunburned, here’s how to fix it, stat. (Greatist)

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Open Comb Razors vs. Closed Comb Razors

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(Left to Right: Fatip Retro Chrome Safety Razor, Right, Muhle R89 Twist 2 Piece Closed Comb Safety Razor)

A common question we get asked is whether one should use a closed comb razor or an open comb razor. Here’s our take:

Each razor is tailored to a specific purpose. On the closed comb razor (like the Muhle R89), much of the blade is covered by the razor head edge. This produces a less aggressive shave, but it also means that if you’re just beginning your wet shaving journey, the learning curve is not as steep. In other words, you’re less likely to cut yourself. We also recommend the closed comb razor if you have finer hair or want a touch up.

The open comb razor (like the Fatip Retro Chrome Safety Razor) is excellent for shaving thick or coarse hair because its ridges expose more of the blade. The blade gets closer to your skin even without much pressure. Because you can get a closer shave with fewer strokes, you minimize your chances of irritation, redness, and razor burn.

The verdict?

The type of safety razor you choose depends on personal preference, hair thickness, patience, and shaving style.

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And the Winner is…

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Congratulations to Egwin Loya, winner of our RoyalShave Father’s Day Giveaway!

Loya blew us away with his touching photo and caption about his service to our country and sharing the value of honor with his daughter. He will be receiving our extensive Father’s Day wet shaving prize!

Loya’s Caption:

This is my daughter and I at ground zero memorial in New York. I served and deployed in the Marine Corps for both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve my country. But, the greatest satisfaction comes from sharing with my daughter what it means to honor fallen hero’s and what it means to be an American. Unfortunately, I will not be teaching her how to wet shave in the future. I would not have it any other way.

We received an overwhelming number of great entries, so we decided to also select 3 runner ups, each of whom will receive a special prize pack!

Our Runner Ups:

Michael Torregiano (Facebook)

Josh White (Facebook)

Jon Hyrk (Instagram)

Thank you to everyone who entered – we appreciated all of your entries!

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The RoyalShave Giveaway: We’re Loving Your Father’s Day Photos!

It’s down to the wire, folks! Father’s Day is this Sunday – and so is the last day of our Father’s Day Giveaway, which is our biggest giveaway to date.

In case you’d like to get your shot at the prize, entering is easy – just post a photo to our Facebook or tag us on an Instagram photo that’s Father’s Day-related. See full details on our Father’s Day Giveaway post here.

The winner will receive a luxurious Old World shaving package filled with full-sized products – including Truefitt & Hill Cologne in Grafton and The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil in Lemon – and deluxe samples from some of our bestselling brands.

We’ve been enjoying the submissions we’ve received so far via Instagram and Facebook, and wanted to share a few with you below! We are truly touched by these heartfelt moments.Matt Shutt

(Via Facebook user Matt Shut)

Caption: My first born son, Quentin Shutt. This was a proud moment in 1977. Now fast forward to 2015 and he has turned into one of the best fathers I know with 2 sons of his own.

Michael Torregiano

(Via Facebook user Michael Torregiano)

Caption: Love being this little girl’s daddy. She is fascinated with all of daddy’s shaving stuff, as she calls it. I enjoy when she joins me for a shave. Even if you have a little girl, you can still share this hobby with her. I may have accidentally posted this without finishing the first time. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads.

Jon Hyrk

(Via Instagram user @jonhyrk)

Caption: @royalshave, just yesterday my #father celebrated #50 years of marriage. I honestly can not imagine a world without him. He’s truly my #hero and #rolemodel. If I can be #half the man he is I’ll be a great man. #royalshavegiveaway. #beards #pipes

James Sparks

(Via Facebook user James Sparks)

Caption: This photo was taken exactly one month after the passing of my father. This silly dad breakfast at daycare was like eating with the President. These boys are my rock!

Jodee Ungs

(Via Facebook user Jodee Ungs)

Caption: This is where I get my goofiness! My Dad! Happy Father’s Day to him and all the Dads out there!

SBrouwers

(Via Instagram user @sbrouwers)

Caption: Teaching my daughter to fly fish. Just a couple casts and she caught her first (of many) Brook trout that day! Teaching her the things my dad taught me. #RoyalShaveGiveaway #brooktrout #flyfishing

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