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.

Top 5 #SOTD Instagram Accounts to Follow

Today’s blog is a continuation of our Top 5 Instagram series. While we started with a Top 5 list devoted to wet shaving Instagram handles, we realized soon after that: 1. There are many different niches in the wet shaving world, and 2. There are even more beautifully curated Instagram accounts deserving of being shared with our readers.

The following 5 accounts are the best we’ve come across for Shave of the Day posts – known as #SOTD in the Instagram shaving community. These posts consist of a layout of whatever the gentleman is using that day for a shave. Other than acting as eye candy, #SOTD posts give insight into how well products work and which products are a standby for that particular shaver (and are therefore good bets). They’re also a platform for discovering new shaving brands.

Below, our roundup of the top 5 #SOTD Instagram accounts you should be following now.

The Shaving Edge (@theshavingedge)

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The Shaving Edge started off as an online store, and then became a blog. So the guys who run it have extensive expertise about products as well as personal experience with the minutiae of wet shaving – razor burn, nicks, etc.

On The Shaving Edge Instagram, you’ll find beautifully set up Shave of the Days, along with tips and links to reviews of new shaving tools and products on the blog.

Tony Shaves (@tonyshaves)

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Tony Shaves is one of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow because he not only shares photos of his shave setups, but he also doles out helpful tips with every post (and the vacation photos depicting his #SOTDs in awe-inspiring settings don’t hurt either). For photos with new products, he’ll give a quick, honest review of whether they’re worth your time.

While Tony lives in Amsterdam, nearly all the products he includes in his posts are available in the states. For more in-depth reviews, check out his blog at bartonio.com.

Gabe Shaves Australia (@gabeshavesaustralia)

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If you’re short on time or not much of a blog reader, Gabe Shaves is your guy. Gabe, who’s based in Australia, does full product reviews on each post. So you’ll get your lovely lather shot as well as a review of the soap he used to create the lather. And if you’re a gentleman who is keen to know specs, Gabe consistently mentions every single item featured in the photo – from the specific Omega brush to the DE blade in his razor (he loves Feather blades).

This account is also useful if you like to discover up-and-coming shaving brands. Companies from all over the world send Gabe products that he shares with his followers.

The Razor Guy (@therazorguy)

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The Razor Guy is unlike any of the Instagrammers we’ve mentioned so far. The man who runs this Instagram is interested in the historical and cultural roots of wet shaving. Devoted to razors crafted by longtime straight razor artisan Maestro Livi in Italy, The Straight Razor Guy details his trips to admire and purchase razors made by the esteemed craftsman. His unique purchases mean his #SOTDs include signature pieces, like a Maestro Livi Carbolnox Snake razor featuring a snake tail, or a straight razor with abalone scales.

Desiring to share his love of pogonotomy with the rest of the world, The Razor Guy also has a fascinating, instructive Youtube channel. Of note are his behind-the-scenes videos into the art of making a straight razor, and his wet shaving school series.

Honemeister (@honemeister)

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Honemeister’s Instagram posts are the definition of shaving as art. This wet shaver is a skilled photographer, and his #SOTD shots are almost sculptural in arrangement. Furthering the sculptural element are his handmade shaving brushes, which he crafts from briar wood.

Give Honemeister’s account a follow for inspiration on how to set up your own fancy #SOTD.

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How to: Trim your Mustache

579937e16c445e576f4fb85042f03823There are many mustache shapes, styles and sizes these days. This trimming tutorial will give you the basics to trim and shape the mustache you want.

You will need:

Firstly know what style mustache you want. Then once you have figured that out we can begin.

Dampen your mustache with water and comb through the hair with the fine-toothed comb. Look for long hairs that are sticking up or that are too long. Trim those hairs! Start at the middle of your mustache and work your way outwards. This helps maintain the length and bushiness of your mustache. After that move to trimming above the top lip. keep the middle of the mustache short, just above the pink of the top lip so you are able to eat and drink without it getting in the way or smelling.  Secondly, trim the top of the mustache for shape and definition. Some mustaches are uneven in this area below the nose and that’s okay, all you need to do is use a mustache razor. This is a quick and simple task.

Once you have trimmed those extra hairs away then move onto the next area, the bottom of the mustache. The bottom of the mustache is trimmed for a smooth even line otherwise your mustache will look uneven.This helps keep even parameters around the mustache. See diagram below:

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Once the trimming is taken care of and the areas are under control you can use the mustache wax. Apply it to your index finger, middle finger and thumb and rub them together so the wax warms up a little between the fingers. Then slowly apply the wax on your mustache. When applying the wax to the mustache make sure you squeeze your mustache to really get the wax in the hairs. Towards the ends twist the hair with your fingers to get a curl at the end. This method will keep the wax rooted into the mustache. Do this a couple times until you feel satisfied with the style and curl.

Voila, you are done!

That simple!

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