Safety Razor 101

Safety Razor 101

Thinking about making the switch to a zero waste safety razor, but not sure?  Is the idea of it daunting, and you're worried about the blood loss?  We're here to assure you that you don't need to worry - there's a reason why they are called "safety" razors!

With any change, there can be a period of adjustment as you get used to a new razor.  Here are some things to keep in mind that will make the transition easier for you.

- Keep the blades sharp!  Safety razor blades are cheap, don't hesitate to change them frequently.  Store the old ones in a jar for recycling - please do NOT throw them in the blue bin. They are considered "sharps" and need special disposal. The good news is that you have options.

   a) Bring the jar into Byrd's Filling Station, and we'll make sure they get recycled into reusable flatware.

   b) take them to the Shoreway Center in San Carlos for the special recycling drop-off. 

- Hold the blade at a 35-degree angle to the body while shaving.  This keeps the blade at the optimal position to trim hair without causing too much friction.

- Use soap and water, and maybe a shave brush! We offer a number of shave soaps, but I've also suggested that people repurpose conditioner bars that they didn't love for their hair.  If it glides, it can work.

- Take your time. The first few shaves will take some practice, so go slow at first. You'll get the hang of it before you know!