Shaving Shouldn’t be a Game of Tug O' War

Your old, dull razor tugging at your sensitive stubble is one of the biggest complaints about shaving. But it doesn't have to be that way—we swear.


Perhaps the biggest complaint people have about shaving is the uncomfortable sensation of an old, dull razor tugging at your sensitive hair. That sharp, sudden pain, like someone’s ripping your stubble out at its root, can make you feel like you’re shaving with a rake rather than sharpened steel.

But it doesn’t have to be this way—we swear.

The truth is, getting a great shave without the agonizing side effects isn’t that difficult. With the right combination of tools and technique, you can make that painful tugging feeling go away.

Why It’s A Drag: Ideally, a razor glides across your skin like Nancy Kerrigan circa ‘94, the perfectly sharpened blades making quick work of any stubble like a katana through a water bottle. But often we squeeze value out of expensive razors by using them much longer than intended, and when combined with oxidization and corrosion, your old razor becomes duller than elevator muzak. That dullness is what causes the annoying pulling sensation.

Who Suffers the Most: The good news is that, unless your facial hair doubles as steel wool, you’re probably not genetically responsible for why a razor might cause painful tugging. But, if you’ve got it in your head that milking your blades because they’re so expensive is worth the money you’re saving, well then you’re probably someone who’s experiencing the razor tug o’ war more than others.

Make It Go Away: While there’s not much to be done if your hair falls into the strong-to-quite-strong category, there are some very simple ways to prevent tugging. First, stop using an old, tired razor! If you’re a Dollar Shave Club member, you shouldn’t have a problem tossing a blade that’s past its prime and replacing it with a freshie.

Second, prep your face and apply some high-quality lather. A lot can be done to soften your stubble so that, even if you are using the same blade for weeks on end, your morning shave isn’t like trying to cut down a redwood with a butter knife.

So stop dragging last month’s blade across your defenseless cheeks, and start with a fresh blade and the proper lubrication. Your facial hair will thank you for it.