Article | Category: Glossary Terms


Other Name(s):

Cut throat shaving

Description of Offering:
By using a straight single bladed razor, you are able to enjoy a cleaner and closer shave for a better overall shaving experience.

The offering has its roots in ancient practices.
Ancient Egypt (4-5000+ years ago)

Offering History:
It wasn’t until the 1800’s when straight steel razors were available that straight razor shaving was offered in barbershops all around the world.

Fun Fact:
In 1698 Russian Emperor Peter the Great, implemented a beard tax for those that wanted to have a beard. He thought this idea would be a great way to modernize Russia.

The temporary removal of facial hair

Other Benefits Received from the Offering:
Improve Appearance

Research Findings on Benefits:
There is no current research on the benefits of straight razor shaving.


Typical Length of Offering:
15 minutes or less

The offering is most often provided... one guest at a time

Offering Primarily Suited for the Following Type of Spa(s):
Day Spa (beauty focus)

Number of Treatment Providers Needed to Produce the Offering:

License/Certification/Training Needed to Provide the Offering:

Comments about Offering Protocol:
Trim facial hair to 1/16 of an inch before shaving.  Hot water or hot, soaked towels are used to warm, moisten and prepare the face. Shaving cream is applied likely with a shaving brush.  A brush will lift hair follicles, produce a thicker, more luxurious lather, and exfoliate the skin. Face is shaved. Excess cream is wiped away with a hot towel.  After shave is applied to close up pores and complete with a cold towel.

Type of Space and/or Facility Most Often Used:
Salon Station (nail, hair, make up, etc.)

How many towels are used (any size)?

Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?

How many sheets are used?

How many different products (i.e. lotions, lacquers, scrubs, cleansers, etc.) are used in this offering?

Equipment and Supplies Commonly Used to Provide the Offering Include 
Upright Chair
Hot Towel Unit (Cabinet)
Water Source (sink or shower)
Mixing/Product Bowl(s) 

Examples of Products Used for Offering Include:
shaving cream, aftershave, pre-shave oil

Comments about offering price:
A straight razor shave is usually added on after a haircut service.

Publication(s) used to prepare this submission:
Gentleman's Blade Straight Razors & shaving Supplies
Cole Wiebe
“6 Unexpected Benefits Clean - Shaven Men Enjoy”

Real Men Real Style, Antonio Centeno
“10 Things You Don't Know About Shaving | Interesting Facts About Facial Hair”

Andrew Tarantola
A Nick In Time: How Shaving Evolved over 100,000 years of History

Author Information:
Matthew C Ramsey
Florida Gulf Coast University

Matthew is a Senior at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Resort & Hospitality Management.

Editor Information:

Mary Wisnom, Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA