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How To Use a Safety Razor

I get that the unknown can be intimidating when you're a newbie but don't worry, I've got you covered. There are a couple of differences when switching to a safety razor, but after a couple of shaves you won’t even think twice!

Let’s get started...

Unscrew the razor head, load the blade, and screw back together. Make sure the middle plate with the comb is facing up the right way otherwise
it won’t shave at all!

check safety razor is assembled corrrectly

Safety first: When handling the blade, use dry hands and hold either end of the blade (the non-sharp bits!)

how to shave with a safety razor shave oil

Preparation is Key

Start by dampening your skin in a bath or steamy shower. Then lather up with a shave oil or soap… or both if you’re feeling fancy! When shaving, hold at a 30-degree angle. Don’t sweat the angle too much, it’s pretty much the angle you currently use to shave. Just know that decreasing the angle makes it a more ‘aggressive’ shave and vice versa. So I like to increase the angle slightly when going around boney ankles and knees.

 Check angle when shaving with a safety razor

Zero Pressure!

Just let the weight of the razor glide over your skin. You can build the pressure over time as you get used to it. As with any razor, go easy on your boney bits!

Keep it Short

Go slow at first and use short strokes for a closer and more controlled shave. I can’t stress the short strokes enough, and it's the secret behind a close shave. As the razor doesn't have a flexible head, short strokes allow you to catch all the different angles of your body.

Can I shave my bits and pits?

Yes! You can shave all the things with a safety razor. For coarse pubic hair, going with the grain first before going against the grain will give you the closest shave!

shaving armpits with safety razor
When do I Change the Blade?

Around every 7-10 shaves but it’s totally dependent on your hair type. However often you need to change your plastic razor will be the same for your safety razor, the blades have the same ‘shave life’. Whenever you feel a ‘tugging’ sensation or aren’t getting a close shave, that’s when you know it’s time to change.

What do I do with used Safety Razor Blades?

Personally, I like to keep a little glass jar in my bathroom cupboard for used blades. As the blades are so small it will take yeaaarrrs to fill up, then I can simply take it to a metal or sharps recycling as they are 100% stainless steel.

Caring for your Safety Razor

After each use, give your razor a rinse. Use the pressure of a tap against the back of the razor head to dislodge any hair and oil/soap build-up. Then wipe dry, and store in a cool, dry place, away from water.

caring for your safety razor

Each time you change your blade, use this as an opportunity to give it a proper clean. Don’t use rubbing alcohol or harsh disinfectants as this can strip the protective anti-rust layer on the razor. Soap and water will suffice!

Want to see the razor in action?

Amy here, the crazy razor lady behind Lisse. I much prefer being behind the scenes but I wanted to show how easy it is shaving with a safety razor here.

Off camera I can assure you I shave ALL the places but thought that was TMI for this tutorial! For more videos and tutorials, check out our "how-to" highlight on Instagram.