Thursday, 15 January 2009 01:17

How to Get the Perfect Shave

Truefitt & Hill shows us how to get the perfect shave with their tips and extensive knowledge.

The key to a perfect shave is to prepare your skin, if possible shave during or after a hot shower. The heat and moisture helps to soften the beard and prepare the skin for the shave.

2. Apply a Pre Shave Oil
Designed to protect the skin from the razor blade, it softens the whiskers of the beard and helps the razor blade glide smoothly, reducing irritation and nourishing the skin. Work a little oil into the face and beard before applying shaving cream.

3. Apply Shaving Cream
Using a shaving brush helps to create a rich lather and lift each individual whisker, coating the whiskers with shaving cream and helping to give the smoothest shave possible.

4. Shave
Shave with or across the grain of your beard, and not against it. Shaving against the grain is the main cause for irritation and razor burn. Rinse the razor regularly and use a good quality blade remembering to replace the blade often. A dull blade is also a common cause for razor burn and irritation.

5. Moisturise
After shaving, rinse your face with cold water to close the pores of the skin. Pat the skin dry and apply a soothing and moisturizing aftershave balm.

Truefitt & Hill is the world's oldest barbershop with over 200 years of experience. In 1805, William Francis Truefitt opened his first Gentlemen's Barber Shop at 2 Cross-Lane, Long Acre London. In 1811 he moved the business to 40 Old Bond Street and established himself as "Court Hair Cutter" and "Court Head Dresser" where, along with his sole employee, his brother Peter, he was soon to become Wigmaker, by Royal Appointment to His Majesty, King George III. In 1911 Edwin Hill & Co. set up a barber shop at 23 Old Bond Street, and it was to this address H.P. Truefit (Francis Truefitt's nephew) moved in 1935 to form Truefitt & Hill. They moved to their present location in St James's Street in 1994.
They are currently barbers and Royal Warrant holders to H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh and have international outposts in Chicago, Toronto and Las Vegas.

www.truefittandhill.co.uk

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