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    Hey everyone,

    I'm a barber who has recently relocated to a rural Missouri town. Though demand in my current location is few and far between I specialize in hot towel shaves and modernized classic cuts (pompadour or ivy league with tight fades).

    I originally picked up wet shaving around 10 years ago while in high school as a result of irritation from using a 5 blade. A few years later I picked up a few DE razors to supplement my small rotation of straights.

    For lather proraso has always been a favorite. I do occasionally get a wild hair and pull out a D.R. Harris or Mamabear soap. While I've been bearded for a few years now i still prefer wet shaving for outlining or the rare times I decided to go whiskerless.

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    Welcome aboard.

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    Welcome. Plenty of knowledge here. Photos of your gear would be great.

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    Hello and welcome to SRP.
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    Hello from Canada and welcome
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    Quote Originally Posted by bouschie View Post
    Welcome. Plenty of knowledge here. Photos of your gear would be great.
    My current setup at work is a Parker shavette, Proraso preshave, Proraso sensitive balm, Proraso aftershave, and thayers witch hazel. I use Feather blades for full shaves, but Shark blade for neck shaves because they're so much more affordable. While I prefer the feather shavette for full shaves it's just too costly to use for neck shaves. Unfortunately the state won't allow me to use a boar brush in the shop, and I've yet to get a straight answer on the legality of using a synthetic brush.

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    What about building the lather in a mug, with the brush, then apply by hand.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by outback View Post
    What about building the lather in a mug, with the brush, then apply by hand.?
    My barber shaves my neck with a real straight not a shavette.

    I haven't ever seen him sterilize it, just strop between customers so I take my own straights and ask him to use them. I make it seem like i am excited to show him what I have so his feelings aren't hurt.

    He doesn't use a brush, he has a thing that squirts hot lather, or maybe goop. into his hand when he presses a button.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outback View Post
    What about building the lather in a mug, with the brush, then apply by hand.?
    That was my first idea, but was unfortunately told by the state board that is also a no go. We had a barber scolded by an inspector for having a brush on his station for decoration because, "I dont know you're not using it on clients when I'm not here".

    Quote Originally Posted by STF View Post
    My barber shaves my neck with a real straight not a shavette.

    I haven't ever seen him sterilize it, just strop between customers so I take my own straights and ask him to use them. I make it seem like i am excited to show him what I have so his feelings aren't hurt.

    He doesn't use a brush, he has a thing that squirts hot lather, or maybe goop. into his hand when he presses a button.
    I've heard of a few shops allowing clients to bring their own razors for shaves, and I wouldnt personally have any problem with that. I'd prefer a days notice so I could bring in a strop though. Our state barber board heavy frowns upon even having real straights in the shop for decoration. Currently I use the same hot lather machine and hand lather a little Proraso cream in for extra glide when doing full shaves. At the shop I just left we used Proraso through the machines. It made for a great shave but required a lot of maintenance. Good choice on bringing your own. I've personally met a man who contracted blood poisoning from a unsanitary razor used for a hard part. 4 years later he still has a walnut sized knot under his scalp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrimClippers11 View Post
    That was my first idea, but was unfortunately told by the state board that is also a no go. We had a barber scolded by an inspector for having a brush on his station for decoration because, "I dont know you're not using it on clients when I'm not here".



    I've heard of a few shops allowing clients to bring their own razors for shaves, and I wouldnt personally have any problem with that. I'd prefer a days notice so I could bring in a strop though. Our state barber board heavy frowns upon even having real straights in the shop for decoration. Currently I use the same hot lather machine and hand lather a little Proraso cream in for extra glide when doing full shaves. At the shop I just left we used Proraso through the machines. It made for a great shave but required a lot of maintenance. Good choice on bringing your own. I've personally met a man who contracted blood poisoning from a unsanitary razor used for a hard part. 4 years later he still has a walnut sized knot under his scalp.
    My barber has his strop hanging off his chair but he only does necks not full shaves.
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