Jack, our Video Editor, is here to show you how to do a wet shave. While he is a new face for the community, he'll be around for a while. Jack is going to completely shave his beard, then produce a weekly update as he completed the yeard project.
Before you start the wet shave, you need to take care of the long beard hair. You can't really wet shave when the majority of your beard is still there. What'll happen is you'll clog your razor and cause a bunch of irritation. So, to start out just grab your beard trimmer to get your beard down to stubble. As a rule of thumb, if you're gonna shave over the bathroom sink make sure to plug up the basin. Otherwise, you'll clog the sink with your beard hair, and that's always a pain to remove.
After taking care of that, a quick run through the shower will help soften up the beard hair follicles as well as your skin. Plus that'll get rid of a lot of the hair that may be hanging on to your stubble.
For a proper wet shave, you'll need a razor. Personally, Jack likes to use a double-edged one. He may look a little beat up, but it has sentimental value. You'll also need some shave soap and a badger hair brush. Another thing you might need is a set of razor blades. Everyone's face can react differently to the blades, so buying a sample pack online can really be beneficial in finding the best one for you.
Before you start shaving, Jack has a little tip. Soak your blades in alcohol. This sterilizes the blades and prevents razor bumps. Let that soak while you get the rest of the shave going. You'll want to later your shave soap next. If you don't have a scuttle on hand, a coffee mug or a normal cup will work just as well. Drop the soap in and add some water to it. Next, you'll want to fill your sink basin with hot water. This helps you keep your razor blade hot and prevent any drag against your skin.
Now you'll want to swish around the badger brush around in the water to get it nice and wet, then squeeze out the excess water. Just swirl it around inside your shave soap until it is nice and frothy. Slightly wet your face, then begin applying the soap using the brush. It's ok to get a little soap on your hand. You'll want to get a nice even coating. When using the razor you'll want to very lightly drag it across your face, switching sides everytime you've gotten enough hair on one side. The side of his neck never wants to cooperate since his hair grows in a circle, and he gets razor bumps almost every time.
If you notice some of your lather is starting to fall down your face, no worries! Just grab your brush again and reapply it to the area that needs it. Once your shave is done, you'll want to wash your face with water to remove any of the hair still clinging to your face. Then you're all set to drain the sink. To dry your face, pat it dry with a towel instead of rubbing it. Rubbing your face dry with a towel only irritates the skin more.
You may cut yourself while shaving and that's completely normal. You can get rid of them, or treat them, and allow them to heal quickly by putting a little Witch Hazel on some toilet paper and let it rest against your face.
Keep checking back in to follow Jack as he continues he Yeard Journey!