Whatever the morning, shaving is never part of my routine. My toilet consists of a shower, mouth cleansing and moisturising followed by a dash of fragrance and a little combing. Shaving doesn’t feature. The reason? I dislike shaving and my skin is far less sensitive in the evening than it is in the morning. A shave before sleep, though unconventional, allows time for my skin to rest after the ordeal. And what an ordeal. Squeezing out a cheap spurt of cream, washing off a nasty little razor, applying a stinging aftershave all makes for a thoroughly unsatisfactory experience and sets us in longing for a visit to Truefitt & Hill. For those that can afford a professional shave (and the time it takes to complete the job), I would recommend nothing else; idle millionaires take note, your barber is your true friend.
For the rest, such a visit is likely to occur once in a blue moon; as most men need to shave every or every other day, racking up barber bills is likely to be something of an inconvenience to the bank balance. Therefore, upgrading the kit, and the experience of shaving, is essential to bear the rigors; we shall start with the shaver.
There are two kinds of shave; a wet shave and a dry shave. The dry shave involves no lathering, padding or splashing of water but it does involve electricity; the shaver must be powered. I have tried the ‘power shave’ and I must say I find it unsatisfying and the results uncomfortable. Though ideal for ‘trimming’ excess beard to achieve a contrived stubble look, I do not recommend it for the ‘smooth as a baby’ close shave; for that it always needs to be wet.
If any man is capable of using an original razor blade on his own face, I tip my hat. The day I dare to try it will be the day I, quite literally, die; seeing one in action at Truefitt filled me with an utter fear and my common sense of conquering a skill escaped me entirely. For me, like millions of men, the safety razor is the next best thing. It offers the quickest and cheapest solution for a wet shave.
The only trouble with a dratted safety razor is that it is a dull little thing; a cheap lump of an unidentifiable metal with a gauche logo. It has no place in a gentleman’s bathroom. Likewise, that sad can of shaving cream, rusting at the top, looks equally inelegant; what good are calacatta marble and chrome taps when one is to partner them with such things?
After all, your favourite razor blades are compatible with more than the nasty little handle provided.
How about an ebony handled razor, or a horn handled one or polished chrome with your initials? Or perhaps a white porcelain to match the sink into which your hairs will splash? Mr Trumper, Mr DR Harris and Messrs. Truefitt & Hill can surely help with your selection as they offer beautiful razors in a variety of handles.
The shaving cream
The nasty tin of shaving cream that sits on the shelf need no longer disgrace your bathroom. When you have discovered the pleasures of a badger hair brush, you cannot imagine how a supermarket aerosol was ever your preferred product of choice. Though cheap, such aerosols should be for emergencies only; a shaving bowl and brush, which caresses your skin with a refreshing and satisfying almond lather, should be the daily choice. The best thing is to purchase an attractive non-porous shaving soap bowl and thenceforth to purchase shaving soaps of the correct size. The aforementioned Messrs. Trumper, Harris and Truefitt & Hill are the finest retailers of bowls, soaps and badger brushes.