Infographic: 5 Scientific Reasons Why Wet Shaving is Better

Plenty of us collect safety razors, shaving soaps, and shaving brushes as much for function as beauty, and proudly so – the hashtag #SOTD (Shave of the Day) has over 1.7 million posts on Instagram, and is one of the most popular boards on Badger and Blade. Wet shaving has been thoroughly elevated into an art form. But let’s not forget the science.

Since the early 20th century, when King Camp Gillette invented the first double edge safety razor, there have been three groundbreaking independent studies on wet shaving. “Independent” is the operative word, as there have been numerous other studies carried out by cartridge manufacturers like Gillette, Schick, and Dorco claiming that shaving with a multiblade razor is more beneficial. In these studies, scientists are paid to say multiblade razors reduce the pressure needed for a close shave, thus cutting down on irritation. If you’ve ever shaved with cartridge razors and later switched over to single blade razors, you know otherwise.

The following infographic (via Prime & Prep) covers 5 key observations from independent studies conducted in 1937, 1976, and 2007. In total, these studies prove wet shaving is gentler on skin and delivers a more effective cut than cartridge shaving. Each observation comes with a takeaway that will both boost your knowledge of wet shaving as well as improve your daily shave.

One takeaway for us is the importance of softening hair before a shave with a hot towel treatment or by taking a shower. Learn how to DIY a barbershop hot towel treatment here.

Grooming Artist News Roundup: July 2017

As we learned from photographer/author Rob Hammer, traditional barbershops are slowly disappearing from the American landscape. Which is why we’re glad to hear about the new generation of traditional barbershops: barbershops that preserve tradition while adding a fun vibe, making them appealing to both veterans and youngins.

Such is the case with Sandhills Shave Shop in Fayetteville, NC, where customers can sip on ale and play pool while waiting for a haircut. The barbershop has been run out of a former car repair shop for over 60 years. And cousins Jess Goins and Frankie Petrillo of St. Louis, Missouri are bringing traditional barbering to the masses by housing their barbershop in an Airstream.

Speaking of tonsorial arts, Sharpologist has come up with a must-read list for the newly enlightened shaver: the 10 Commandments of Wet Shaving. If you’re short for time, the list perfectly condenses all the major tenets of getting a great shave.

Even if you’re a skilled wet shaver, acne can often lead to sub-par shaves and irritation. So we’ve included our guide to shaving with acne, where we cover every step of the shaving process. Let us know if you see improvements!

We cap things off with delectable grilling recipes ready for a relaxed Sunday afternoon.

Enjoy!

Beach season means you can no longer hide the thick blanket of hair beneath your clothes. T3 reveals the best body groomers for turning sasquatch into squeaky clean. (T3)

The 10 Commandments of Wet Shaving. (Sharpologist)

A lovely profile of Fayetteville, NC barbershop Sandhills Shave Shop, which blends barbering, beer, and pool for one memorable haircut or shave. (The Fayetteville Observer)

Cousins Jess Goins and Frankie Petrillo converted an old Airstream into a barbershop. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Wet shaving can be downright miserable with acne. Here’s our complete approach to minimizing irritation for those with acne-prone skin. (Grooming Artist)

Algae isn’t just a murky organism that lives in streams – it’s also great for face and shave. (Grooming Artist)

19 delicious summer grilling recipes. (Serious Eats)

Grooming Artist News Roundup: June 2017

If ever there were a barometer of the resurgence and boom of classic shaving, these past couple of weeks have been it. The Observer, Men’s Journal, and even women’s health site Organic Authority have published articles about the many benefits of wet shaving. Men get an ultra close face shave, while women are able to get smoother legs with more time in between shaves.

On the topic of body grooming, Fashionbeans offers advice on different methods of hair removal on the rest of your body. Whether you wax or shave, it’s important to look like you’ve put in some effort.

Jon Wogoman of The Bald Nation also stopped by this past month to teach readers how to do a complete head shave using a safety razor. If you’ve already mastered the face shave, this is a challenge that will take your skills to the next level.

And finally, we put together a comprehensive Father’s Day gift guide with items that are nowhere close to the fallback tie. Since every dad is different, we broke down the gift guide into personality types for that personal touch.

Enjoy!

Safety razors aren’t just for men. In this article, the writer makes an argument for women to use safety razors to shave legs. (Organic Authority)

A classic barber on the resurgence and benefits of wet shaving. (Observer)

Men’s Journal also makes a case for making the switch to wet shaving. (Men’s Journal)

It’s beach season. Fashionbeans offers a guide to tidying up the rest of your body. (Fashionbeans)

A short history of shaving mugs and their place in barbershop culture. (Berk History Center)

Jon Wogoman teaches you how to shave your head with a safety razor: Part 1 and Part 2. (Grooming Artist)

Our Father’s Day gift guide for dads of all personalities. (Grooming Artist)

Having a lull while on holiday? Catch these old Hollywood films, favorites of MR PORTER’s Style Council. (MR PORTER)

Grooming Artist News Roundup: May 2017

Wet shaving is an ancient art – we’re talking as far back as 30,000 BC, when the ancient Egyptians used flint blades to scrape their faces. So it’s only fitting to pay tribute to this tradition with some wet shaving history lessons. The Star digs deep into Sheffield, England’s long history of straight razor manufacturing, while we offer a history on the evolution of Proraso.

Moving forward to present day, there’s exciting news in the barbering world, with the first female barber ever to win the title of Welsh Champion of the Wet Shave. And with spring vacation on the horizon for many of us, we’ve included tips how to dress for any destination.

We polish off this month’s Grooming Artist Roundup with grooming tips for keeping your skin healthy and your shaving brushes performing optimally.

Enjoy!

A history lesson on Sheffield razors. (The Star)

Barber Sophie Collins is the first woman to win the title of Welsh Champion of the Wet Shave, and goes on to compete for the British title at Barber UK this month. (Daily Post)

How to travel in style for every kind of getaway this spring. (MR PORTER)

A quick guide to exfoliating: the secret tool to better skin and a better shave. (GQ)

Shaving tips for sensitive skin. (Men’s Journal)

Are you a fan of Proraso? Then be sure to read our history of the popular Italian brand. (Grooming Artist)

How to care for your shaving brush so it lasts a lifetime – or longer. (Grooming Artist)

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