Traditional Barber shave – The steps

 Step One : Soften the stubble open the pores

The first step of your traditional barber shave begins with a hot towel expertly wrapped around your head and over your face. The heat from the towel softens your stubble and opens the pores. The hot towel also just feels great and relaxing.

Step Two : Whip up shave cream and apply with a badger brush

We then use a badger brush to whip up a shaving lather using the highest quality shaving creams and oils. We then apply the shave cream on to your face using the badger brush. The badger brush is used as the badger hairs retain their heat and ensure that the lather feels warm when applied. Using a circular motion, the badger hair brush prepares the hair for the shave.

Step Three : The first shave – with the grain

We then slowly work down either side of your face, your upper lip area and then your chin and neck area using slow downward strokes. This is the first shave.

Step Four : The second shave – against the grain

After re-lathering of your face, we work on the same areas again, but this time going against the grain of your hair. Throughout the shave, our staff gently stretch your skin using their finger thumb, and palm to ensure that they get as close a shave as possible. They will also look at the growth direction of your stubble or beard and decide on the best direction of the razor stroke to get the closest shave. During this phase it is common for men to fall asleep.

Step Five : Close the pores with an ice-cold towel

Once all the hair has been removed, we then close the pores and soothe the skin using an ice-cold towel. This really wakes you up.

Step Six : Re-open pores

One more hot towel to open your pores again to allow the balm and moisturiser to do its work.

Step Seven : Soothe, heal and moisturise

We then apply a high quality after shave balm to further soothe and protect the skin, and then we apply a moisturiser to re-hydrate the skin. We use a moisturiser which has sun protector within it because after a traditional barber shave your skin is more susceptible to skin damage from the sun.


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