How to use a safety razor
Since Jungle Culture launched in 2018, we have helped thousands of people make the switch from single-use disposable razors, to a more sustainable shave with safety razors!
And whilst safety razors are vastly cheaper in the long-run than buying single-use, and better for the environment, it can be a little daunting making that switch, which has prompted our team to write a guide explaining everything you need to know to get started with your sustainable razor!
To help make the switch easier, we’ve created a 5 step guide which explains how to choose a safety razor, how to equip a safety razor and how to shave using a safety razor.
Step 1: How to choose a safety razor
When choosing a safety razor, there are a few details that you should consider. Style, function, price and added extras. Let’s go through these 1-by-1.
A quality safety razor will have ridged edges on one side of the head and smooth edges on the other. This allows the user to get a clean shave, without the fear of cutting themselves.
High-quality safety razors will also have a weighted handle with an ergonomic grip, providing the user with maximum control and comfort whilst shaving.
Our safety razors will last a lifetime, so choosing a zero waste razor that suits your taste is crucial. The aesthetics of your razor will not affect the functionality, but your safety razor will be a staple element in your bathroom for years to come, so make sure to pick something you love!
A high-end safety razor should cost no more than £25 for the razor base. Anything more than this is too much to pay.
Most safety razors are sold as singular units, but some websites include added extras. For example, if you travel a lot, you might be interested in a safety razor with travel bag.
Step 2: Choosing a safety razor blade
Crafting high-quality razor blades requires skill and high levels of precision, and for that reason there are only a handful of manufacturers globally that make quality razor blades.
At Jungle Culture, we have partnered with Derby blades because we believe they are the best razor blades out there. They use a combination of chromium, platinum and tungsten to create their metal and coat the edges with a polymer alloy for a truly smooth shaving experience. You can find them here.
Other great brands are Wilkinson and Astra, both of which can be found online or in most large supermarkets.
All double edged safety razor blades are universal. Here is a picture of what you should be looking for:
Step 3: How to equip your safety razor
To set up your new plastic-free razor, simply unscrew the head, which is made up of two pieces.
Once unscrewed, place your razor blade in between the two pieces that form the head and screw back on until tight.
Important: Make sure that the ridges on the razor head are facing upwards.
Step 4: How to shave using a safety razor
Using a safety razor is broadly the same as using a disposable razor, but even still, start slowly and give yourself time to adjust to your new razor.
You should always start by applying hot water and shaving cream to your skin to give yourself the smoothest shave possible.
Leave your safety razor (with blade equipped) in hot water whilst you apply shaving cream.
Once applied, tilt your razor at a 45-degree angle and shave upwards or downwards depending on where you are shaving.
Important: Do not shave diagonally or you may risk cutting yourself.
Step 5: After care
At Jungle Culture, we believe that shaving should be an enjoyable and therapeutic experience. After shaving, be sure to apply a natural and calming shaving balm that enriches and nourishes your skin. Rinse with warm water and dry using a clean towel.
Thanks for reading our guide on how to use a safety razor!
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