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The minimalist approach to wet shaving

Getting a great shave with the least amount possible

Anyone who’s ever had a real wet shave will indubitably testify to its superior result compared to standard sloppy shaves done with cheap disposable razors or overpriced electric shavers. However, many men are still willing to settle for that mediocre disposable shaving experience due to one big misconception, which claims that wet shaving is supposedly much more expensive. Now, what if you knew just how easy, simple and cheap a great wet shave can be? Here’s a quick practical guide to getting that close, smooth wet shave with the least amount of money spent. We’ve put the numbers down on paper for you, and numbers don’t lie. In a few months, not only will you be enjoying top shaves with minimum effort, but you’ll also be saving money over time!

Your tools

Wet shaving requires several straightforward items in order to be as effective and pleasant as it possibly can. Those are:

  • A razor
  • A shaving soap or cream
  • A brush
  • Razor blades or a strop (depending on the chosen razor type)

Weapon of choice

Acquiring a classic razor, shavette, or a safety razor is a natural first step for those preparing to embrace the smooth path of wet shaving. Depending on one’s preference and budget, you can get your new favorite shaving tool for anywhere from just a few dollars to a few hundred, but going for a durable, precise straight razor in the mid-price range of up to 100$ is probably your best choice. If you’re not into straight razors or feel they’re too pricy, safety razors cost considerably less – you can grab a solid one for around 40$ and matching razor blades are really cheap. The bottom end ones can be obtained for as low as 10$.

Straight razors have a very long shelf life and they can serve you for decades. There’s really nothing unusual in inheriting your dad’s or even your grandpa’s old razor only to find that it’s still incredibly sharp. Safety razors, even those in the cheaper echelons, are also very durable.

Must-have accessories and supplies

Once you’ve acquired your awesome razor, it’s time to procure several key accessories which will make your next shave a great experience, while also allowing you to save money in the long run. If you’ve chosen straight razors, keep in mind that they need to be sharpened and honed, so you’ll need to get yourself a decent strop to help your blade cut well. Leather strops can cost anywhere between 8$ and 80$, but there is really no need to go for ultra-high-end unless you’re a professional barber – 20$ is more than enough not only to get you started, but to serve you faithfully for a rather long time.

On the other hand, safety razors and shavettes will need to have their blades occasionally replaced, depending on the strength of one’s beard and frequency of use, making this replacement a small running cost – really small, having in mind that one such blade costs around 15 cents and can be used a couple of times before being replaced.

The ultimate lather

Naturally, you’re definitely going to need something to help you prep your face for the ordeal. Grab a natural shaving soap or cream and a quality brush (usually made out of badger or horsehair) to help you mix and spread the shaving cream. You can easily get great soaps or creams for under 20$ and a good brush for half that much. If you’re just looking for a “test run” wet shave to help you explore and verify the benefits of this approach on your way to becoming a true wet shaver, it might be best to go for miniature packs of soap and cream, available for as little as 5$. Besides allowing your razor to glide effortlessly, these natural creams have no harmful chemicals that hurt your skin, meaning you’ll be investing a whole lot less into various skin care products.

Cheap wet shave emergency kit

If you’re looking to spend the bare minimum and still get a nice and close wet shave, here is what you’re going to need and how much it’s roughly going to cost you:

  • One safety razor – 5$
  • One razor blade – 15c
  • Shaving soap and brush – 5$

A measly 10-15$ for a much smoother shave than you’d ever get by using a disposable razor!

Massive benefits of minimalist shaving in the long run

Wet shaving isn’t really a one-time deal – it’s a lasting style. This is why the full benefits of wet shaving might not be instantaneously evident to some, but are undeniable when you put it all on paper. If you choose a decent straight or safety razor to begin with, add in a quality brush and some natural shaving soap and a pack of razor blades or a strop, your initial costs are likely to fall somewhere between 80$ and 180$. However, keep in mind that this is something that you’ll be using for dozens of weeks or months, which means your average shave quickly becomes cheaper, not to mention closer and smoother compared to shaving with a disposable razor.

Conclusion

With the resurgence of man’s aesthetical self-consciousness and the desire to slow down and enjoy life, wet shaving has resurfaced as the perfect activity where we get to devote some time to ourselves. In fact, wet shaving’s “back to basics” approach is starting to become considered a great and manly morning ritual and a splendid way to energize oneself for the day to come.

It’s relaxing and smooth, and about as close as a shave is ever going to get. Contrary to popular belief, it can be done with minimum resources, but its main strength lies in its long term return on investment.
For people tangled in the expendable web of disposable razors, the initial cost of switching to wet shaving will be noticeable, but you will start saving money in just a few months’ time – and enjoying premium shaves.

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6 Comments

  1. Mike Key

    While I agree with everything in this post, you forgot to mention one downside to real shaving and that’s acquisition disorder. You try one soap then someone says you should try this and before you know it you have a shelf full of soaps, it’s the same with razors and brushes. It’s at this point that what started out as a money saving exercise has turned into a hobby. You’ll always be on the lookout for that next item to add to your collection so what started saving you money is now emptying your wallet very fast.
    Looking forward to more great posts
    Mike

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