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How to Shave with a Safety Razor
Are you a new to traditional shaving or are you curious but hesitant because shaving with a safety razor seems difficult? Don’t worry: after a brief learning period, it’s fast, enjoyable and easy!
Quick guide to traditional shaving with a safety razor
Shave in the morning.
The skin is often more sensitive at the end of the day.
Wash your face with hot water before shaving.
By rubbing gently with a facecloth, you release hairs that may be stuck in the pores of the skin as well as those that may be stuck to the skin.
Use a pre-shave cream if you have sensitive skin.
It will help the hair stand up before shaving, soften it and open the pores of the skin, which will make shaving easier. It also provides an additional layer of protection from the blade if you have very sensitive skin. Spread it on your skin, then allow it to work for a minute before applying your shaving cream.
You can find pre-shave products here.
Use a good-quality shaving foam or cream.
Less expensive shaving creams are sometimes good quality, but more often they contain chemical ingredients that dry the skin, making it more difficult the next time you shave as well as causing discomfort in between shaves. Be especially wary of self-foaming gels that contain specific drying ingredients.
Our shaving products, including several that are natural and gentle on the skin, are available here.
Spread the shaving cream on your face.
Apply it with your hands or with a shaving brush and hold the skin with one hand while shaving with the other. Some enjoy the slight exfoliating effect of the shaving brush, which helps to properly position hairs for shaving, but it is not a requirement.
Shave with the grain for the first stroke.
Don’t worry if an area seems poorly shaved: you will come back to it later. Shaving is like painting, it is better to make several delicate strokes rather than trying to do it all in one fell swoop!
Go over it a second time at 90 degrees.
Once you have shaved your entire face (or the entire area you wish to shave) with the grain, re-apply shaving cream and go over it a second time, this time perpendicular to the direction of hair growth (if your beard grows from top to bottom, shave from the left to right, or vice-versa).
Go over it a third time in the opposite direction in areas where the hair is the most visible and easiest to shave.
The hair around the throat often grows in every direction. Be extra careful in this area and go over the cheeks, moustache, etc. a third time.
Wash your face with cold water.
This will tighten the pores of the skin and reduce irritation. This will also move the blood away from the skin’s surface, allowing small cuts to close more easily.
Apply a good aftershave.
It will help your skin recover faster and be less sensitive the next time you shave. Good aftershaves generally contain natural healing and disinfecting ingredients, thus reducing the risk of blemishes or ingrown hairs from appearing after shaving.
Our aftershaves are available here.
Frequently Asked Questions About Shaving with a Safety Razor
Does it take longer to shave with a safety razor than it does with a drug store razor?
Like everything that requires a bit of practice, the first few times you shave will take a bit more time. But after a week, it will take you no longer than it normally does! You will quickly become a pro.
Can I use the same shaving products I normally do?
Yes! If you like your shaving cream and aftershave, you do not have to change them in order to use a safety razor. However, we do recommend that you consider using shaving products that are natural and good for the skin.
How long does a blade last?
Safety razor blades last as long as the 3, 4 or 5-blade razor cartridges sold in pharmacies. Generally speaking, you can shave 5 to 10 times with one blade. We recommend storing your unused blades in a dry location to avoid oxidation. So, the bathroom is not the ideal place for your boxes of blades!
A Few Shaving Tips
Regarding the angle of the razor
Don’t worry too much about the precise angle of the razor. Shaving at a 30-degree angle is recommended, but after just a few strokes, you will discover the angle that works best with your razor, your blades, and your sensitivity level. If you go slowly, there will be no harm done.
Avoid making large strokes with the blade and instead opt for smaller motions.
Also, rinse your razor regularly to dislodge the accumulated cream and hair. To avoid having to rinse after each time you make a stroke with the blade, use both sides of the razor: hence why it has two sides!
Do NOT press down on the razor.
The weight of the razor’s head should be enough, and it is better to do a second stroke in the same spot after re-applying shaving cream than to press down.
Yes, you will cut yourself in the beginning.
This is normal. It happens when we are distracted or when the blade gets stuck between two particularly tough hairs. Don’t be scared! There are alum sticks or blocks to take care of this. If the cut is very small, a good cold water rinse and a few bits of tissue applied for 5 minutes should suffice.
Sensitive skin is often prone to forming ingrown hairs.
These then turn into small bumps that often cause irritation and cuts when shaving. The best way to avoid them is to reduce irritation after shaving… and to carefully use a traditional razor with good, chemical-free aftershave products.
Care for your razor.
After shaving, slightly loosen the mechanism that holds the blade in place and thoroughly rinse your razor under hot water to dislodge the oil, cream residue and hair that is stuck. Let it air-dry in this position, but don’t forget to tighten it again before your next shave!
Once or twice a year, you can clean your razor with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to dislodge shaving cream residue that may accumulate in the nooks and crannies of the mechanism and act as a nest for harmful bacteria.
There you have it... Are you ready to take the leap?
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Assembling our window displays for the holidays is an early sign that the season for making merry is just around the corner.Read Article
A Stunning Table Setting
Are you familiar with the expression “eating with your eyes?” Whether it's a hearty meal or a more formal fête, taking your seat around a table that's beautifully set and divinely decorated can definitely influence your dining experience.Read Article
This fall, Simons is extremely proud to be teaming up with the Breast Cancer Foundation. The Foundation's spokesperson, Mitsou Gélinas, and four of its ambassadresses agreed to model for one of our photo shoots and to share with us what it is that gives them strength, courage, and hope.Read Article
VOLCOM X GEORGIA MAY JAGGER
Volcom recently made the journey over to London to meet their muse, international model Georgia May Jagger, and propose the idea of working together on their latest project: a brand new collection.Read Article
Dazzling and down-to-earth is how we would describe Canadian model Tiffany Meia. Featured in our latest Twik photo shoot, she's not only garnered tons of followers on Instagram, but also contracts with world-famous brands like Levi's, The North Face, Tiffany & Co., and Nike. We recently sat down with her to discuss her career, family, and goals.Read Article
The Summer Party That'll Be a Smash Hit!
The yard to stage left, the garden to stage right… Outside is where the season's most critically acclaimed celebration will be taking place. On with the show!Read Article
The National Portrait and a New Age for Art
The final phase of the nationwide 3DCanada project is finally being revealed! Admire the finished piece at the Ottawa Art Gallery from June 19 to August 19, 2018.Read Article
Hats off to Smithbilt
The legendary Calgary hatmaker keeps a time-honoured tradition alive and current.Read Article
Luis Barragán – Brilliance and Beauty
One of the things we love about fashion is the way it can instantly alter your mood.Read Article
The groom's clothing guide from Simons
Got engaged? Here are a few style tips for the next 3 big steps you need to plan for…Read Article
Thousands of people will be there. Listed on the line-up are dazzling performances, lots of music and fun, new friends, and that feeling of being part of an utterly unforgettable experience.Read Article
Family Influence Meets Future Impact
Beauty equals power – especially when it's a subtle approach to sustainable consumption like Winnipeg native Bronwyn Seier's beautiful and ethereal collection.Read Article
Put on Poetry with Designs from Lemaire and Tran
Season after season, Lemaire delivers unpretentious and pared-down collections, where luxury is found in the rich materials used and the structured, elegant cuts.Read Article
When it comes to caring about the environment, we've got a lot in common with Simon Nessman, the face of our Spring/Summer 18 Men's Designer Campaign.Read Article
The Colourful Creativity of Marni
Creative, avant-garde, adventurous, meticulous, and unique: Marni's sophisticated and surprising style has been charming fashion fans since the brand's very beginning.Read Article
Opening at Galeries de la Capitale
The first net-zero energy store in CanadaRead Article
It's hard not to get star struck sitting down with someone like Nova Orchid. Shining just as bright as her celestial namesake, this Montreal model shot to sartorial stardom by rocking the runway for some of fashion's foremost luminaries, like Chanel and Sonia Rykiel.Read Article
Meet the Models
It's not every day that two major models step into our studio, and even more rare that both call Canada home! We were excited to sit down with Elizabeth Davison and Steph Smith in order to learn a little bit more about these lovely ladies.Read Article
As the magic of the holidays envelops us – in every city and town across the country, there are Canadians gifting something very special to our communities.Read Article
The Warmth of Winter
If Canadian winters are long and harsh, they're also impressive, unique, and host to a number of magnificently rich moments. This is what inspires the proud Canadian coat brand, Quartz Co.Read Article
Winter in the Windows
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... This seasonal song is certainly ringing true at Simons as we recently installed our stunning window displays for the holidays. What's waiting for you as you pass in front of the glass? Snowy scenes presented in pale pinks and gorgeous light greens!Read Article
Simons Featured in Sharp Magazine
Sharp Magazine recently met with a few faces from our men's buying team at Simons. Discover a bit about these trend hunters who travel to cities around the world, looking for the best of the best in menswear.Read Article
Art and Sole
Saute-Mouton is the brainchild of a family of passionate, skilled artisans. It's 33 people who work tirelessly to make sleek and comfortable boots to face the biting cold of Canadian winters. And it is a company that is fundamentally proud to be Canadian.Read Article
Raising the Barre for Art & Culture: Ballet BC's Emily Molnar takes us into the future of ballet
When Emily Molnar took over as artistic director of Ballet BC, the Vancouver-based dance company was on the brink of bankruptcy – another cultural institution that had yet to find its footing in this new, fast-moving digital world.Read Article
Exclusive NV Unisex Collection at Simons
For the fall/winter 2017-2018 season, Simons produces its very first NV unisex collection.Read Article
From Sea to Sea
Close your eyes and imagine yourself on the magnificent St. Lawrence River or the majestic Pacific Ocean that runs along Canada's West Coast.Read Article
The power of simplicity
Vitaly is proof of the power of simplicity. This Toronto-based lifestyle brand creates high-quality clothing and accessories with an urban look and rebellious attitude. Its goal is to elevate the everyday with carefully placed details, while letting clean, structural lines do all the talking.Read Article
Decorating on a student budget
Scrolling through a myriad of gorgeous, inspiring home decors on Instagram or Pinterest, we often find ourselves dreaming of transforming our own home with the latest trends. One, tiny problem? The budget.Read Article
These Bags Are Made For Walking
True symbols of adventure, bags are our best companions on any journey, whether big or small. It's not surprising then that Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, two brothers passionate about travelling, chose them as their main product when they founded Herschel in 2009.Read Article
A Tailor-Made Legacy: Personal Vision - It Runs in the Family
Weaving a new vision: Xiaoyi Li, CAFA Simons Fashion Design Student Award, is the future of fashion for a conscious generation.Read Article
Simons: A Great Canadian Family
Their story is of an unconditional love for fashion, a tale that started in Quebec City in 1840 and that has continued ever since.Read Article
A thrilling new legacy: Simons and Chad Fike team up for the Stampede
Teams of glossy thoroughbreds pulling wagons at breathtaking speeds, dodging barrels as outriders gallop alongside in a complex waltz – It's a thrilling experience. The fascinating choreography of chuckwagon racing, which debuted as a sport during the 1932 Calgary Stampede, draws a huge crowd that often includes celebrity spectators such as Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Read Article
Swimwear for adventurers at heart
It's always June somewhere… There's always somewhere in the world with good weather, bright sunshine, and warm, welcoming water. This mantra is an invitation to escape and a driving force behind June Swimwear. The brand's mission is to give women the desire to travel and surf, as well as the freedom to dream!Read Article
Bags for Today and Tomorrow
Molly Spittal's studio looks like it belongs to a sculptor: raw materials waiting to take shape, special tools for producing precise work, and large windows that cast light on even the tiniest detail. With her hands, she can make the perfect bag, an understated and functional piece that will last for years.Read Article
Celebrating fashion from here
The CAFA gala, an event run by some of the biggest names in fashion, recognizes outstanding achievement and emerging talent in the Canadian fashion industry.Read Article
La marée basse (low tide) and all its treasures
Travel to the heart of the Magdalen Islands with this collection of natural art that invites you to look at the riches of the sea in a whole new light...Read Article
Spring Blooms on LIBERTY FABRICS!
Discover Liberty London, the prestigious print house that's reinvented its unique floral art every season since 1875. Simons presents its own exclusive collections that feature the oh-so-British label in Contemporaine for women, in Le 31 for men, and in its Simons Maison department for the home.Read Article
Making products that make people happy!
Step into an imaginative world where unique decor accessories transform spaces into great places to live.Read Article
A collection that breathes joie de vivre
A Sunday afternoon spent by the water in a swimsuit and shades... Hard not to smile imagining this scenario! This feeling is what drives the creators behind the brand Everyday Sunday daily."Relax and enjoy" is their motto!Read Article
Knowledge Cotton Apparel: An eco-friendly collection!
A Scandinavian menswear company with highly responsible environmental practices.Read Article
Let's celebrate our ability to help one another!
to promote International Women's Day, Simons would like to show our support for three organizations that work to help women in need of a hand getting ahead and getting out of difficult situations.Read Article
Well-being with Adrianne Ho and Franky Cammarata
Adrianne Ho, originally from Toronto, and Franky Cammarata, a Los Angeles native, are two international models that have numerous magazine covers and prestigious collaborations to their credit.Read Article
Simons presents Jonak, exclusively in Canada at Simons
Spotlighting an experienced and well-recognized family business that designs superior quality women's shoes that are as chic and on-trend as they come.Read Article
Hopehanger, T-shirts made of 100% pure hope!
An exclusive new line of clothing created by two parents looking to help contribute to autism research.Read Article
Cloth & Clay to fabulous Nordic nations
This British company is making its grand entrance into the home fashion scene, offering an array of luxury duvet covers and cushions.Read Article
Discover the outdoor clothing brands that are taking action to promote sustainable development.Read Article
Swedish Stockings: an eco-friendly collection
The Swedish brand makes tights and nylon stockings from recycled threads.Read Article
Fogo the Beautiful
Our team spent a few days on Fogo Island for a photo shoot in a magical setting.Read Article
This is it! We're now located in our nation's capital. Today, Thursday, August 11, Simons' expansion across Canada continues with the opening of our thirteenth store in Ottawa!Read Article
Go sporty or retro for a chic back-to-school look!
Actress Vanessa Pilon, the bubbly young host of VRAK.TV, can count us here at Simons among her biggest fans.Read Article
Back to school at Djab with Jay Le Barbier and Martin Langelier
Whether you like it or not, back-to-school is just around the corner. This year, we've decided to come back with a bang! No corners have been cut and we've got everything from Instagram collaborators to thematic galleries and prizes to win.Read Article
Getting the most from your outdoor excursions
There is no better way to enjoy summer than by being out in the fresh air!Read Article
The OSQ and Simons
The Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) is performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: a seminal work in the history of music!Read Article
With summer just around the corner, the bluebellgray collection could not be making a better-timed debut. The brand's signature watercolour graphics will take you to a summery world of colour and artistry.Read Article
Mural by Melissa Del Pinto
Montreal-based painter Melissa Del Pinto has welcomed us into her studio to show us a world where birds are larger than life.Read Article