A plastic free razor is really easy to use and the most eco-friendly shaving option available. There are some slight differences though when compared to disposable plastic razors. It's because of these differences that it gives a much closer shave with no irritation.
3 quick tips for a more comfortable shave whatever the razor
Hot water from a bath or shower before shaving will soften the hairs making them easier to shave. Do this before shaving for the best results.
Exfoliating makes the skins surface smooth by removing dead skin cells and excess dirt and oils. It will also help lift hairs ready for a super close shave. Read more here.
Shaving cream provides a protective layer that allows your plastic free razor to glide effortlessly across your skin. Leave for roughly 30 seconds to further soften the hairs.
Getting started with a plastic free razor
It might look scary but using a plastic free razor is really very simple. Here's a quick guide to get you started.
Inserting your metal razor blade. Grip the razor tightly at the neck with one hand and begin twisting at the base with the other. This will open the head of your razor. Place a safety razor blade over the ridge and close tightly.
As you close the head, you will notice the single blade bend to a 30 degree angle. The blade angle is important as this ensures everything is perfect for a close shave.
Check out a great demo on TikTok.
Work the angles
When using a safety razor, angles are really important. With most, it's really intuitive but it's important to remember that it's different than with disposable plastic razors.
Our top tip for finding the right angle to shave is to turn your razor upside down and rest the head against your skin. Gently roll the razor back about 30 - 40 degrees and you're good to go.
Use no pressure
Holding the razor at the base, gently rest the metal blade on your skin at approximately a 30 degree angle. Using absolutely no pressure, glide your razor across your skin. Use straight strokes and take it slow to begin.
The application of pressure is a key difference between a plastic free razor and a disposable razor. By applying no pressure, our safety razor blades cut at the surface of the skin resulting in a much closer shave that is free of irritation.
Changing the blades.
It's important to always use a sharp razor blade when shaving. This will help you to avoid shaving rash. We recommend changing your safety razor blades every 4 to 7 shaves.
When using cartridge razors, replacement blades can be so expensive that it's often tempting not to change as often as we should. Single blade razors will save you a fortune and allow you to change blades as often as necessary resulting in a much more comfortable shaving experience.
Why switch to a plastic free razor?
Plastic waste going to oceans and landfills is clogging (plastic razor pun) up the planet and disposable razors are contributing to the mess. Last year, over 2 billion of the things got binned.
The solution is pretty simple; one razor, made entirely from metal, so it keeps working forever and single, recyclable replacement blades.
Zero waste. Zero landfill space. Zero ocean harm.
Single blades aren’t just recyclable. They’re sharper and gentler on your skin. So that means less irritation and fewer rashes.
Fact or friction; do multi-blade razors really shave closer?
The million dollar question; how does the shave compare to the standard disposable plastic razors?!
Let’s start with how close they shave.
Multi-blade razors are encased inside a plastic cover. This means the blades are further away from the skin. Actually, most women’s razors also have a HUGE soap strip as well… (our theory -this might be a reason why many women experience a closer shave with a guys razor)!
Single blade, plastic free razors shave directly at the skins surface. There’s no plastic or soap strip barrier at all. This means the blade can get closer to the root of the hair and deliver the closest shave possible.
So to get the smoothest, silkiest legs, pits or wherever - go plastic free!
Irritation, ingrown hairs and rash?!
Multi-blade razors are designed with a leading blunt blade followed by sharp blades. The job of the blunt blade is to catch the hair and pull the skin tight. The idea being that the remaining blades can do the cutting.
What often happens, is that the remaining blades end up cutting beneath the skins surface. So when the hair tries to grow back, it can’t break through the top layer of skin. This causes an ingrown hair.
Pressing down with disposable razors is really common. You almost have to do it to get a close shave but this can lead to more ingrown hairs.
With a plastic free razor, you actually don’t apply any pressure to get the smoothest shave ever! Therefore, you’re always cutting at the skins surface and will not get any ingrown hairs as a result.
Disposables are expensive!
As replacement heads or a new set of disposables are so expensive, it’s pretty much standard for heads to be pushed wayyy beyond their best before date. This means more often than not, we’re using blunt blades and a lot of the time clogged blades.
Clogging is really common with multi-blade razors. The blades are so close together that even a small amount of cut hair can get trapped between the gaps.
Blunt blades will drag over the skins surface increasing friction and ultimately causing irritation and shaving rash. To make matters worse, clogged blades are a great place for bacteria to live which further adds to the potential for irritation.
Single blades are sooo much more affordable than disposables meaning you can afford to switch them up as soon as they become a bit blunt. And as they’re single, there’s no place for clogging! Win win.