7 steps of a modern Traditional cut throat shave

History of the cut throat shave

For over 200 years men have visited barbershops for shaves, with even the poorest in society often going to a barber once or twice a week for a shaving service to help maintain a well groomed look which was often seen as more desirable to an employer. It was viewed as the mark of a gentleman, with the wealthier in society being shaved daily.

With the development of modern technology and introduction of safety razors and electrical razors, the shaving market dramatically changed, with a noted steady decline being seen as the popularity in new modern methods rose and men no longer needed to visit a barber to acquire a clean shave.

But with the popularity of modern razors there also became a increase in male skin problems due to many men being incorrectly trained in the art of the professional wet shaving technique. 60% of men classify their skin as sensitive, this is not true and figures show its around 15% of men that actually have sensitive skin. By shaving incorrectly men are causing unknown damage to their skin both short and long term, by not shaving correctly your skin becomes more sensitive which then exposes your skin to more bacteria and increases the risk of spots/skin inflammation. By stripping away the natural protective barrier through incorrect technique men are unknowingly changing their skin type to ‘sensitive’.


The cut throat shave 7 steps


Here at Bugsy’s mens barbers kettering,  we believe you can not beat a traditional cut throat shave with the use of hot towels, the benefits are massive and highly noticeable. Apart from the fact that it is a great experience, the traditional barbers shave with hot towels and a cut throat razor  is very hard working in itself and great for your skin. The shave is much closer than you are likely to achieve in front of the bathroom mirror, and most men regard it as their own version of a skin maintenance programme. There are 7 steps to complete one of our luxury hot towel shaves and we carefully design each step to meet the clients age, skin type & skin condition. All of the steps are equally important as each other to ensure that the skin is left in the best condition possible when leaving the barbershop. Many mens barber shops have there own styles and techniques , but this is how we like to do it at our barbershop.

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Bugsy’s barbers kettering cut throat shave wet shave

1. The Hot Towel & Pre Shave Cream

Once the Gentleman is settled and comfortable in the barbers chair, we start off by massaging our pre shave cream onto the face (which contains menthol ingredients to help open the skin pours) then a hot towel is placed on the face for 5-10 minutes all depending on the the skin type & condition. Hot towels hold a wide range of benefits, the steam and warmth help remove dirt also softening the hair cuticle and lubricating the face by stimulating the oil glands, this relaxes the facial muscles, making the shave much easier and much better result.

2. Facial Exfoliator

After the hot towel and pre shave cream is removed we apply a facial scrub, this is an essential and highly beneficial step to ensure the skin is fully prepared and ready for the cut throat shave, the scrub removes any dead skin, excess oil and helps to free up any trapped hair ready for the ultimate shaving experience.

3. Shaving Foam

Now that the skin is ready for the shave we lather the face with our high quality 100% badger hair brush and Proraso shaving cream. The benefits of this is to soften the hair and hold it in an upright position so the razor can glide easily across the skin and prevent irritation.

4. The Cut Throat Shave

The facial area is now in the perfect state for the cut throat shave to begin, a fresh blade is placed into the cut throat razor and the 1st shave begins, when all of the hair is removed from the desired areas, the face is wiped down and another hot towel is place on the face to open up the pours again ready for the 2nd shave. The 2nd shave is much quicker and smoother then the 1st shave due to the majority of the hair already being removed. My shaving mentor explained to me in a perfect way which I will share here …

“The first shave is like driving a down an old dirt track in a Land Rover and the second shave is like driving a Lamborghini down a smooth Italian mountain road”

5. Post Shave Cream & Cold Towel

At this point all of the desired facial hair will be removed and we start the closing of the pours. A post shaving cream is applied to the face to help clean the face from any dirt that has come in to contact with the face during the shaving process. A cold towel is then applied to the face for 5 minutes to close the pours, if the pours are left exposed bacteria will get into them and cause spots, rashes and skin irritation.

6. Facial Massage With Moisturiser

The shave is nearly over but it is Important now that the pours are closed to moisture the face and really smooth and seal up the shaved area. We use our professional moisturising cream to massage the face for another 5 minutes, this really helps wake up the face & facial muscles ready for the next step…

7. Splash Of Aftershave

This is the part most gents don’t look forward to but don’t worry, a splash of our old spice aftershave doesn’t sting as much as people say, this is because all of the steps we take leading up to this splash of after shave are all done correctly, so unless you have very sensitive skin it should only sting a tiny bit … And also it’s never a bad thing smelling like a true gent when leaving Bugsy’s Gentleman’s Barber!

Jason Blyth

Fully Accredited In Wet Shaving and Beard design Excellence

for a truly traditional cut throat shave come and visit our mens barbers in Kettering , Northamptonshire, and meet Jason and the Bugsy’s team and check our other great services we offer for the modern gentleman