Double Edge Safety Razor Tips for the Beginner
To load your razor safely, flip the razor upside-down and hold the side of the razor head between two fingers. Unscrew the head, remove the blade and place a new blade inside the head. Then screw the razor head back on.
Rinse your razor frequently while shaving with HOT water to clear hair and debris that accumulates and causes the shave to be less smooth.
Use as little pressure as possible. Let the weight of the razor rest on your face – do not press into your skin. The razor blade will do all the work if you let it glide across your skin. The biggest mistake made by beginners is applying way too much pressure. Pushing too hard can irritate or cut your skin.
It's better to make several short strokes over the same area rather than one long stroke
Depending on your style of shaving, your beard type, the type of water you use (hard, soft, bottled, etc.), and the type of shaving cream used (spray can, soap lather, etc.) you will need to change your razor blades regularly for optimal performance. Some men switch after three or four shaves while others wait until six, seven, or more shaves. In any case, don't try to squeeze shaves out of dull blades. DE blades are inexpensive and it is not worth cutting your face to save a few pennies.
Double edge razor blades are sharper than multi-blade cartridges, but there is nothing to be afraid of. Just be careful when loading and removing them (they may be dull for shaving, but they are still very sharp), do not press down as hard when shaving as you would with a multi-blade cartridge, and do not use a sideways motion when shaving.
Take your time and be patient. Don't use a double edge razor for the first time before an important meeting or if you are in a rush. Pick a leisurely Saturday morning for your first DE shave when you have plenty of time. After a few days or a week of practice, you'll quickly get the hang of it, and join the thousands of men who use DE razors daily with no trouble. For those days that you are in a rush, and need a quick clean shave, you can swap out your DE blade for a Mach3 using our interchangeable head.