UofReddit class on wetshaving. Here you'll learn how to take shaving from a boring, annoying chore that leaves your face covered in painful bumps, to a lovely ritual that leaves you Baby's Butt Smooth.
- Lesson 1 - Gear and Concepts
The first lesson covers the concepts of wetshaving and touches on topics about why to wetshave, how, and what kind of gear you'll need and where to get it.
- Lesson 1.5 - Wetshaving Technique CRASH COURSE
I had promised a video lesson but things screwed up. So here's the crash course version until I can add some stuff (including a video.)
- Lesson 1.6 - Guest Instructor Leisureguy's Lesson on Shave Prep
In this lesson, guest instructor Michael Ham, aka Leisureguy, (author of Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving,) talks about preparing for a shave. Everything from showering beforehand, to pre-shave face cleaning to lathering is discussed.
- Reddit Thread with Leisureguy's Text-Based Lecture
- Musgo Real Glyce Lime Oil Soap - Pre Shave Soap of Champions
- "5 Pre-shave soaps that really work" by Leisureguy - Sharpologist
- Distilled Water Shave (for those with hard water)
- How Leisureguy Makes Lather
- Bruce On Shaving - Beginner's Guide to Boar Hair Brushes
- An Example Boar+Badger Brush: The Omega 11047
- Lesson 2 - Wetshaving
Here's where I add on to the previous lessons: 1.5 and 1.6, and also finally provide my own shave video.
- Lesson 3 - "Advanced Techniques" in DE Shaving
Here we'll discuss some more advanced techniques. Don't try these until you can regularly get a good shave without cutting your face to shreds. You should be fairly experienced before attempting these.
- Lesson 4 (Improperly titled Lesson 5 on reddit) - Let's Talk about Straight Razors
Here we'll talk about the manly, but potentially VERY DANGEROUS art of shaving with no guard. That's right, Just you and some of the sharpest steel possible. Straight razor shaving.
- "Lesson" 5 - Where Do I Go From Here
The lessons are over, here's some final words.
Facial Hair or Leg Hair (if you're a lady.) A desire to learn Patience, you will not master this overnight.
Objective: To take your wetshaving experience from being a chore to something that you can truly look forward to and enjoy.
Cost: Expect to spend at least $20 or so on supplies minimum. But if you want to go way overboard and get the $100 razors and $30 tubs of cream, I won't stop you. I'll put together suggested kits for every budget.
How the Class Will Flow: This is a very casual class. I don't even have specific lessons planned out yet. A lot of this is going to depend on your participation and I'll evolve the class based on your needs as a group and will address individual issues on a personal basis. The class will have three MAJOR lessons/sections: * Introduction / Concepts / Equipment / Required Viewing/reading before starting * Wetshaving Technique with a DE and Proper Lathering Technique. * Advanced DE Technique and Exploration of Single Edge safety razors and Straight Edge Razors
Class Materials and Lesson Hosting: I'll be hosting any documents that you need on my Skydrive. Lessons will be written up in Reddit Self posts and linked in the sidebar for future reference / class members.
Grading: You will grade yourself, and your own experience. Your face will definitely let you know if you're doing something wrong. Most faces have low tolerance for bad DE technique and if you're trying a straight razor, your tolerance will be even lower and you'll be a bloody mess.
What if I End Up Not Liking Wetshaving?: I am confident that you'll like it, but if you end up just finding that it's not for you, you can either give your disinfected gear to a friend who is interested, or you can sell your stuff on /r/shavebazaar. Also, you could do a "Pay it Forward" in /r/ShaveBazaar and give away your equipment on the condition that the recipient give away some shaving gear to a wanting/needing person in the future.
We may occasionally have guest lecturers, such as /u/Leisureguy, author of "Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving" and wetshaving aficionado.
I have been wetshaving for around a year now, if not a little more. It's something that's easy to get into and I love to share with people. I've been a fairly active participant (when time has permitted) at /r/wicked_edge and more recently over at badgerandblade.com
I've spent time absorbing the collective knowledge of the wetshaving community and am ready to help students learn