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How to make the most of my first DE shave?

Hi everyone, I am wondering what I can do to get through my first DE shave with as little problems as possible! I know since it's my first it will definitely not be perfect, I am just wondering if you guys have a few tips for my first time.

I have a 1950s Gillette Super Speed razor, Astra blades, Stirling badger brush, Stirling shave soap, Stirling post shave balm, and alum.

Thanks!!
 
Welcome.

I suggest you do one or two passes with the grain (WTG), or in the direction of beard stubble growth, and then a little touch up to get anything major you might have missed. That's all. Keep it to a minimum. Don't chase BBS, don't even chase DFS. Just seek a comfortable, irritation and nick free shave.

Then repeat tomorrow.
 
Yeah, dont try against the grain until you find angle.
I prefer to take a bath and soak the beard well, that helps alot.

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You are starting out with good hardware and software so concentrate on technique. Go slow and don't use any pressure on the razor.
 
IMO the main thing is to recognize that DE is a skill that takes awhile to develop.

Read through the WiKi for some great tips!
 

ajkel64

Moderator
Take your time and enjoy the process. Don’t be despondent if you leave some stubble the first time around. Remember it is gradual beard reduction over a couple of passes. You could watch some YouTube videos to give you some tips.
 
You are starting out with good hardware and software so concentrate on technique. Go slow and don't use any pressure on the razor.
☝ +1 The hardest thing for me to learn and I mean really learn, was the above. NO PRESSURE ON THE RAZOR. I didn't fully understand what that meant for a really long time...and I suppose I didn't truly understand it until I became proficient with a straight razor.

I assume you are coming from the experience of using modern disposables? That being the case it is important to consider that this has in all liklihood, left you with some habits that will need to be broken. No pressure being one, but blade angle is another culprit. Once you figure out those two you'll be well on your way to some really excellent shaves!
 

SucKO

Contributor
I suggest you do one or two passes with the grain (WTG), or in the direction of beard stubble growth, and then a little touch up to get anything major you might have missed. That's all. Keep it to a minimum. Don't chase BBS, don't even chase DFS. Just seek a comfortable, irritation and nick free shave.

Then repeat tomorrow.
I think this is the most important thing. You will get into the excitement of the shave, think to yourself.... Just one more pass to clean things up.... One more pass, I am getting the hang of this..... One more pass, this time I know the right angle..... This happened to me, a 10 pass 1st shave :scared:.

I knew better, but I really wanted a DFS minimum. My face burned for a day or so. Weepers galore. I learned and set a strict 2 pass max and that served me well.

Little steps will get you to where you want to go, just takes a wee bit longer, but it makes the journey so much better!

hAve A greAt one!
 
Here's my standard advice, in the first four posts of this thread...


Good luck, and keep us informed.
 
Have you done that first shave yet?

It's not about being perfect on the first try. You need to establish a baseline to improve. Just grab your razor and start shaving.
 
It’s a learning process, so don’t expect a perfect shave at first. Read a lot, including the Wanderers Guide link above. Don’t apply pressure. And most importantly, enjoy!

Please tell us how you’re doing. We were all new at shaving a one time.
 
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