I’ve been hearing a lot about cold water shaving for some reason lately. So I gave it a go this morning. And I think I’m going to stick with it.
Now the way I shave is like this: I shower first, then I shave. This really brings out the beard around my current Goatee. So I already started with warm water. This morning I splashed cold water on my face, put on the shaving lotion and started shaving. I found quickly that cold water really makes the whiskers stand up straight. So I felt a little more pulling, but not too bad. The results: Invigorating shave, smooth and less irritable.
I looked for arguments for cold water shaving, and Art of Manliness has some of the best I have seen. They go ahead and give examples of several self-care books from the 19th and early 20th century. The best advice being from Shaving Made Easy:
A hair, as is well known, is a tube composed of a hard fibrous substance, growing from a bulb or root, which secretes an oily matter.
This oil works its way up through the hair, and by permeating all parts, renders the hair soft and pliable. Now in this natural oily condition, it is very difficult to cut the hair with a razor, and it becomes even more difficult if the beard be made still softer by the application of hot water. Many do this, and it is no wonder they find shaving difficult. When this is done, the hairs become soft and limp, and the razor will either slip over them entirely, or else cut partly into them, bend them back and shave them lengthwise, all the while pulling and straining them at the roots, and making the process of shaving most painful.
So there you go. I would advise to at least trying it out, it can’t hurt, unless you are a real pussy. You might like it.