When our phone buzzed and the message from Helen, @SmoothasHelen on twitter, read "I'm learning how to Cut-throat shave men, would you like to be a model" I didn't hesitate to say yes. It was after I agreed that the word "learning" rang some alarm bells! Were there more than one model? Well yes there were as I was given the 11.30am time slot.. although, for all I knew, that could have been the first slot of the day!
Helen's day job, hence the twitter handle, is a waxing therapist for men and women based in Chipping Norton. I only found out, after reading one of her tweets, that she had only started "learning" the previous day. This didn't deter me.
Led up to her spacious treatment room I was greeted by Mark, the tutor and close shave expert. I was completely unaware that this was Mark Sproston, the man behind The Shave Doctor wet shave products.
Helen began shaving in the direction of hair growth. The sound of hair being shaved on my face was rare as it must be at least 7 years since my last wet shave. Shaving creme was re-applied and this time shaving went against the direction of hair growth.
Straight after a cold towel was applied for two minutes instantly followed by a hot towel for the same amount of time.
Mark came over for an inspection and as he felt my face I could feel the slightly peculiar, yet tremendously, smoothness of my skin. My shave was given the thumbs up.
Cooling gel was applied and there was no sign of either rash or blood spots that are both reasonably common. This was a surprise considering the length of time since my last wet shave. Moisturazor was massaged in to my face and the shaving experience was complete.
This was my first shave of this type and would highly recommend it, and the Shave Doctor products, to any gents who wet shave regularly. My skin felt incredible ( I knew this as I couldn't stop rubbing it all day!)
I can't think of anywhere that offers this service between Cheltenham and Oxford so it is brilliant that it has finally reached the North Cotswolds!
VISIT SMOOTHAS HERE smoothas.co.uk AND CHECK OUT THE FULL RANGE OF THE SHAVE DOCTOR PRODUCTS HERE shavedoctor.co.uk
FOLLOW @SmoothasHelen AND @ShaveDoctor ON TWITTER