What is Wet Shaving?

The art of wet shaving faces extinction.

Shaving has become something of a lost art in recent years. Shaving has unfortunately become little more than a hassle undertaken to look smart in the office or to please loved ones.

All men must deal with their beard at least a few times a week, whether they keep it clean or trim it into shape. We’ve inevitably lost enthusiasm for shaving due to the inconvenient parts of it, such as nicking our faces or our girlfriends borrowing our razors.

Men will spend about 3,000 hours shaving during their lifetime. When you look at figures like that, it is even more important to do it correctly.

You don’t have to rush through a shave with an old razor moments before you must leave the house – although that may still happen. Let’s take a more
measured approach to this. It’s time for us to return to the golden age of shaving. Shaving the way our fathers and grandfathers shaved. For them, shaving almost became a meditation to prepare for the day.

As a result, the team at The Barbering School of Wales has compiled the ultimate guide to wet shaving.

If you would like to learn more, sign up for our Wet Shaving Masterclass!

What is Wet Shaving?

Wet shaving is a traditional shaving technique, which was inspired by our ancestors and can be traced back to the Victorian era. It involves using a brush to apply a lather made from warm water or an oil-based soap to your face before you shave with a straight razor or safety razor. In essence, it’s all about enjoying that special feeling which comes from wet shaving just as men did decades ago.

In those days, barbershops were much more than just somewhere where men went for a quick trim of their hair – they were places for relaxation and pampering. Your barber would get to know you and your preferences, allowing him to make the service as personal as possible.

Wet Shaving: The Benefits

Wet shaving has many benefits over dry shaving with multi-blade cartridge razors.

Here are just three reasons why you should give wet shaving a try:

Cleaner Shave with Fewer Cuts and Nicks

If you have sensitive skin or suffer from bleeding when you shave, wet shaving will help reduce this problem. A multi-blade cartridge razor can sometimes tug or pull on your hair causing it to get caught between blades, leaving you with more cuts and nicks. It is harder for this to happen when wet shaving which means that you will tend to get fewer cuts and nicks (if any at all).

Better for Your Skin

Wet shaving works better on your skin than dry shaving because of the increased lubrication provided by water, cream, soap or whatever else you decide to use. Water provides the best level of lubrication of course, but some people prefer shaving creams mixing water with their favourite soap (or even using a dedicated shave soap) instead. Your choice! With wet shaving, usually, there are no after-burns from razors because the water takes away most of the heat from your razor.

Softer, Smoother Skin

Because it is applied more gently when wet shaving, less tugging and pulling on your hair is involved which in turn should lead to a higher yield of soft smooth skin after shaving. Some people notice a difference immediately while others only notice a difference over time as their skin adapts.

Most men are unaware of the benefits of wet shaving. They don’t know what it entails or why they would want to try it.

Wet Shaving: The Procedure

When performing wet shaving, all it takes is water, some type of soap (shaving soap or facial bar) some form of cream/lotion/oil/balm, a brush or some type of device to spread the lather more evenly on your face, and of course the razor of choice.

The shaving soap is usually placed in a bowl larger than needed so water can be added more easily. The brush is seemingly the middle ground between the cream/lotion/oil/balm and the blade, but there are different types of brushes that work better with certain items (foam or badger). Creams/lotions/oils tend to have more water content compared to balms, therefore it's easier for someone who does not want to wet shave regularly because they don’t always obtain enough water on their own.

There are different types of razors that can be used in wet shaving, from the still common double edge safety razors to straight razors which have been known to give a closer shave. Straight razors are more difficult to learn, but
some people prefer them out of personal preference.

Learn the Art of Wet Shaving for Yourself at BSW

At BSW, we teach all our students the theory behind the perfect wet shave, but they also get to practice what they’ve learnt on real-life clients in our state-of-the-art barbering academy! So, now you understand more about the art of wet shaving, sign up for our Level 2 Barbering Course today and put these skills to good use.