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Photo Essay: The Straight Razor Shave | The Art of Manliness

Photo Essay: The Straight Razor Shave | The Art of Manliness.

As a stay at home dad, you accept that you are centering your life around your kids.  You give up your free time, your sleep, your own TV viewing choices, but that is part of the deal, and more than likely you are happy to do it.

That does not mean that you have to give up all of your “me” time.  One great way to reclaim some time for yourself, and decrease your “Mr. Mom” profile is to get a straight razor shave.

I received a straight razor for Christmas from my in-laws, and no it wasn’t a subtle hint to get lost.  The first time I shaved with it I was certain that I would cut my throat open and end up like a drug runner who had crossed his Colombian masters.  I even made my wife come sit in the bathroom with her cell phone to call 911 when the inevitable bloodletting began.

Turns out, neither she nor the paramedics were needed.  You would really have to try to give yourself a serious cut with one of these.  Nicks you get until you are good at your technique, but loss of life is not imminent.

It will be the best shave you have ever had, 5 o’clock shadow will be a thing of the past, and you will walk around all day feeling like Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western.

If you are not up for giving yourself a straight shave, go find a barber who does them.  Either way, it will create a time when you can “pamper” yourself, have alone time, and reconnect with the “dad” part of stay at home dad.

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