How to Get a Barbershop Quality Shave at Home

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There is nothing quite like a barbershop shave – it is a great way to relax, and having your mug scraped by a professional barber can yield smooth, long lasting results.  But, did you know you can create a barbershop quality shave at home?  It’s easier than you think with our three-step process.  Here’s how:


This is the area where most of us guys skimp, but properly preparing the skin is the most important step in getting a smooth, irritation-free shave.  I recommend shaving at the end of a shower as the hot water will soften the beard, cleans the skin, and open the pores.  If you are shaving at the gym or don’t have time for a shower, apply a warm, wet towel to the face for a few minutes beforehand (a few spritzes of Shave Tonic on a wet towel, or on the face with eyes close, will help open the pores and wake you up).

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After your shower or hot towel treatment, apply Super Close Shave Formula, which provides excellent lubrication and will prevent razor drag.  Shaving cream is best applied with a shaving brush, which will help soften and lift the beard and lightly exfoliate the skin.  Place a pea-sized amount of shaving cream deep in the center of your brush and give it a light squeeze to set the cream in the brush.  Wet the brush with hot water and apply shaving cream to your face in a circular motion.

For those trying to save a couple minutes in the morning, use our new gel, the Beard Line-Up Shave Gel. Great for a full shave, doing a beard clean up, or trying to touchup their side burns / neckline, it provides excellent lubrication and its clear formula will allow you to see where you are shaving.


Always use a clean, fresh blade when you shave.   For this task, we recommend the traditional Baxter of California Safety Razor, which includes Derby Extra Sharp Stainless Steel Blades.  This double-edge razor gives a super smooth shave with less irritation.  Most cartridge razors are designed for the everyday shave that save time, but the double-edge razor is perfect for getting a close shave with less irritation, but remember to take your time with it and enjoy the ritual!

Start by holding the skin taut with your free hand and shaving in the direction the hair grows.  Use a light pressure and short strokes, rinsing the blades often.  One common mistake most of us guys make is using too much pressure, so go lightly and let the weight of the razor do the work.  If you require a closer shave, re-lather and shave very lightly against the grain.

After shaving, rinse your face with cool water to close the pores and cool the skin (a cool towel with a few sprays of Shave Tonic works wonders here).  If you nick yourself, apply a moist alum block to the area to stop any bleeding.

Be sure rinse your razor and brush well and hang your brush with the bristles facing downward (this will allow the brush to dry properly and preserve the life of your brush).

TIP: For those with less time in the morning, use our new Cartridge Razors. Available in Three and Five Blades, these razors feature a light weight high-grade black resin handle and skin guarded blades that stretch and prep skin for a close, smooth shave. They are great for a full shave or quick face, neck and scalp touchups.


Properly protecting the skin after shaving is important to reduce irritation, restore moisture, and keep that mug of yours looking young!  After shaving, apply After Shave Balm, which will cool and soothe the skin, and keep razor burn at bay.  Before you leave home, we recommend a light application of Oil Free Moisturizer to restore moisture and keep your skin looking healthy. If your day will be spent outside, switch it up and use the SPF 15 Oil Free Moisturizer to protect your skin from harmful UVA / UVB rays.

Many guys see shaving as a chore, but at Baxter we see shaving as a ritual that should be embraced and enjoyed.  This is your time!  A quiet time to be left alone with your thoughts and prepare mentally for the day.  Use it to your advantage.  Those quite moments are few and far between these days, so we can’t think of a better way to start a day than by taking a few moments to enjoy a barbershop quality shave at home.

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