THE STRAIGHT TRUTH by DETAILS
Few guys attempt shaving with a straight razor—that’s what the pros are for. But if you’re game, Michael W. Haar, a barber at F.S.C. Barber in New York, explains how to fearlessly put blade to face.
1. Prepare the blade
Prime your razor with a strop before each shave. Press the blade flush against the linen side and run it back and forth about a dozen times; repeat on the leather side.
Skip the pre-shave oil. The last thing you want while you’re holding what’s basically an open switchblade is a slippery palm. Opt for thick shaving cream and use a badger brush.
3. Get your skin out of the way
Stretch your skin upward as you shave to prevent…