Shaving Tips from Thomas Clipper

5 Steps to the Perfect Shave

Step 1: Prepare

Preparation in life is everything.

First get your blade loaded - we recommend Shark for sensitive skin and Feather for a super-close shave, or very thick stubble. Pop your razor and brush in the sink.

Put on some music and fill up the sink with piping hot water. Wet your flannel and hold it to your face to really get your skin warmed up, then rub to exfoliate. NB always shower before you shave, not after - this gives your face even longer to prep for the upcoming de-bearding.

Step 2: Oil

A drop or two is all you need of our organic frankincense shave oil. Less is certainly more. The purpose of the oil is to add a very thin base of lubrication. Ours also includes an active ingredient to reduce razor rash.

Step 3: Brush Up

Next up roll the tip of your moist (but not soaking) brush on your shaving soap using a circular motion: when it's fully loaded up you can lather in a bowl. Apply to your face gently. You might want to brush gently against the grain to lift your stubble up.

Step 4: Shave

Take your razor from the water, gently shave down from your sideburns in the direction of least resistance. This is called shaving ‘with the grain’ and makes for a much much more comfortable shave, and far less chance of razor rash.

Take short, gentle strokes - let the razor do the hard work.

After every stroke or two pop the blade back into the water to clean and wet it. You should also spin the razor 180 degrees after every couple strokes to use both sides of the blade.

Step 5: Wind Down

After you’re thoroughly de-stubbled it’s time to clean your gear. Wash your brush and bowl thoroughly in cold water and stand them out to dry. Pop your blade out for re-use or recycling and wash out your razor. Next splash some cold water on your face to get rid of the soap, close up your pores, and re-invigorate you for the day ahead.

Finally, end with a spritz of quality cologne: we unsurprisingly recommend the Thomas Clipper UNITE Cologne collection (but we're not the only ones: GQ, Monocle and others also think it's the business...).