The Straight Razor Project
The third week of the #StraightRazorProject was proving to be a good but challenging week. I was shaving both sides of my cheek and around the jaw line below my ears. I had no hesitation with starting, I had a good angle that consisted of 25-30 degrees on both cheeks and the angle around my jaw line was 15-20 degrees with the spine of the razor keeping very close to my skin. I was starting to get a smooth shave with each section so I decided to start shaving my neck. Shaving my neck turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. I got a great tip from one of my followers on the correct angle of the razor for neck shaving. I was informed that the correct angle for the neck is 20 degrees or less. One of the most challenging parts to neck shaving is stretching the skin tight enough for a smooth shave.
In order to get the skin tight enough on my neck I have to lift my chin high enough into the air but not to high so I can see what I’m doing. On top of lifting my chin I also have to use the hand that’s not holding my razor and pull the skin downward to increase the tightness during shaving. I also learned that if I have my razor in my left hand it’s easier to shave the right side of my neck and vice versa. I shaved from my jaw line down to my adams apple in a 15-20 degree angle with the spine close to my skin and then shaved upward from the bottom of my neck to my adams apple with the razor using the same angle. This took a couple of days to get the hang of and it was really hard for me to keep the correct angle every time. I also took on the challenge of shaving my jaw line as well. This was easier than thought since I was pulling the skin down to shave my neck, the skin from my jaw line was lower so once I finished shaving my neck and I stopped stretching my neck, my skin bounced back into place and my jaw line was nice and smooth.
I’ve had a lot of irritation on the neck and I contribute that to the wrong angle as well as to many passes over the neck. Neck shaving will take me some time to get right and I’m up for the challenge. I had one accident during the first jaw line shave. I got to confident and didn’t pay attention to what I was doing and cut my neck on the bottom of my jaw. It’s amazing how fast your straight razor will cut you when you are not paying attention. I figure cuts are just a right of passage and I’m sure there will be more as time goes on. The end of week I’m still practicing neck and jaw line shaving and will continue to practice through week four and possibly week five. I’m looking forward to week four and what it brings to the table! Love your products and you will love the results.