So before you get started and rush out and buy items that you may or may not need, follow this easy to use basics guide to get you on the right track.
When it comes to wet shaving you need to appreciate that this will essentially become an art, something that affords you to continuously learn and practice and something that will reward you greatly. Many men have described wet shaving as a time out from our ludicrously busy lives, time to reflect and unwind.
What you need to get things going;
The below guide is purely the cheapest way to attain everything you need to get started, it is advised to seek further guidance via the forums. Additionally, there are numerous other products that can be purchased / attained that will suit an individual. This is merely speaking from my own experience:
- The Razor: The inexpensive (+/- R20 odd bucks) “Lion” Brand Razors are available at most of the large grocery stores in South Africa. These razors are the bone entry level standard to most here in South Africa before they take the plunge and invest in something more solid. It offers a reasonable shave and a good idea as to the kind of shave DE razors produce. The razor however, will not last forever and it is suggested that a more robust razor be purchased if wet shaving is for you.
Pictured in the centre / left is the Lion Brand Safety Razor for reference;
- The Blade: The Lion blades that come supplied with the razor are usable, however, it is recommended to purchase a tuck of Supermax Super Stainless blades (+/- R 12 bucks) as they are slightly superior in performance, compared to the Lion brand.
Pictured here are the blades for reference;
- The Soap: There are various soaps and creams available out there that deliver superb shaves and can be found at various grocery shops and chemists. I started my journey with the Reitzer Brand Soap, still a firm favourite to this day and still keep it in my rotation. Palmshave is another locally available cream that performs relatively well. There are many other soaps that are available (locally & internationally) each with their own set of fragrances and performance characteristics. This can be discussed in length on the forums.
Pictured here are the Reitzer and Palmshave variants for reference;
Finally, all that’s left to get is a cheap brush to lather up your soap or cream. These brushes are available at most large grocery stores and chemists and are usually placed near the male grooming implements. These cheapy brushes are not the absolute best but do give an overall feeling of the experience. They will not last as long as the Badger or Boar variants but manage to lather up most soaps and creams.
A small to medium bowl can be stolen from the kitchen to lather in, along with a good quality hand towel that will eventually become YOUR Shave Towel. You don’t want to use the hand towel that gets used for hands, on your face.
That pretty much sums it up with regards to what you need, got any questions or queries feel most welcome to ask on the forums – there are plenty of wet shave veterans to guide you in the right direction.