Ahh, yes: the straight razor shave. So old school. So romantic. Skyfall even made it very sexy. And I will be the first to say that every man –gentleman, or not– should get a straight razor shave at least once in their life. It is a rare form of male pampering that is indulgent, nostalgic, relaxing, and beautifying all at the same time.
That said, there is a reason we aren’t all shaving with straight razors. The reality is that the skin on our face is not conditioned for a razor so sharp, so close, and hence, the multi-billion dollar cartridge razor industry dominates. Trained and licensed barbers capable of performing a shave with a straight razor are only slightly more common than experienced barbers that can do it well. Finding one can, literally, be painful.
But what if you could get all the pampering without the precariousness?
There is a middle ground: the Fusion shave. It incorporates all the best parts of a straight razor shave (the hot towels, the application of pre-shave oil and foaming shave cream, someone else shaving your face), the aftershave mask, without the worst parts (threat of nicks & cuts, risk of a skin reaction). For the time-starved, a Fusion shave can also be performed in 20-30 minutes vs. 45-60 minutes for a traditional straight razor shave. Granted, the extra time in the chair is relaxing, but it’s only a true man of leisure that can spare hours a week for his shave.
On my wedding day, my groomsmen and I had the pleasure of Joe Roberts, Wingtip’s Master Barber, cutting hair and performing Fusion shaves so we’d all look as well-groomed as possible. Mission accomplished.