There are so many types of shaving accessories available in the market that it can become overwhelming for men to choose the right ones for themselves. After all, we aren’t as fussy with our personal needs, are we?
Nonetheless, when it comes to shaving accessories, it is important that we become particular about our needs and choose the accessories that are best for us. These guidelines will help you make the right choice.
Wet Shaving Toolkit
Many wet shaving toolkits are available in the market to save people from the hassle of having to choose several accessories separately. These toolkits are a convenient way of purchasing each and every accessory required for wet shaving. The kit generally contains a safety razor, a shaving brush, shaving soap and aftershave.
However, there are men who prefer to handpick every item individually and make up their own personalized kit based on their specific needs. If you’re one of them, the following information will help you choose each item separately.
Razors for Wet Shaving
When it comes to the traditional wet shaving, generally two types of razors are used: straight razors and safety razors.
Straight razors are similar to those which your barber uses – it makes for an excellent shave, but the learning curve is steep.
Safety razors on the other hand come in various types, including single edge and double edged razors as well as injector and cartridge razors. You can choose one based on how much you can afford to spend along with the long term costs.
There are generally four types of shaving brushes. They are defined by the type of bristles they have. Each of the types will have unique characteristics, such as softness, water retention capabilities and of course, the cost.
The four types are (with cost decreasing as we go down):
- Badger Hair Brush
- Boar Hair Brush
- Horse Hair Brush
- Synthetic Hair Brush
Shaving Creams and Soaps
When it comes to choosing from creams and soaps, many people are confused. Choosing isn’t as difficult once you know the differences between the two.
Shaving cream comes in three types. First is the traditional type that is generally pre-lathered. Second type includes cream that is pressurized into a can. The third type is gel. Shaving creams are heavily scented and may cause irritation for some people who have highly sensitive skins.
Shaving soap, on the other hand, is mostly free of such scents and other add-ons. This makes it suitable for people with sensitive skins.
A great number of types of shaving bowls and mugs are available that are made of varying materials, including metal, ceramic and wood; the choice generally boils down to personal preference.
Stands For Razors and Brushes
With all those accessories, who wouldn’t want to keep their bathroom neat and tidy? Stands for razors and brushes let you do that, precisely. A single stand can hold both the razor and brush, but individual stands are also available for razor and brushes.
Is It Better To Buy Shaving Separately Or As Shaving Kits?
There is no right or wrong way of buying shaving accessories. A shaving kit is convenient for those who would like a package that contains everything they would need. However, buying each item separately does offer the benefit of having to choose each and every item according to your liking.