This Father’s Day, give dad an experience he’ll remember every morning: A class in mastering the art of the straight razor, taught by one of the country’s leading authorities on men’s grooming and barbering.
Shorty Maniace of Mystic Hair, named “One of America’s Best Barbers” by Esquire, teamed up with Baxter of California products and local grooming expert Nick Burns (author of The Bearded Gentleman: The Style Guide to Shaving Face to offer The Gentleman’s Shave: Mastering the Art of the Straight Razor—a monthly, hands-on, shaving class at Mystic Hair in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood.
While the razor blade arms race has complicated the simple act of shaving, men are looking to the methods trusted by their fathers and grandfathers—reaching for a straight-razor or double-edged safety blade. Using a straight-edge or “Cut Throat” blade isn’t just about nostalgia for the classics, it provides a superior shave with less irritation than drugstore cartridge blades.
“Shaving shouldn’t be a drag,” says Maniace. “With the right equipment and technique, it can be an enjoyable experience. It’s the one grooming activity where a man can take care of his appearance and still feel like a man. “
The two-hour class, which kicks off on Father’s Day (June 19th), will cover the basics of preparing your skin, proper grips and razor handling, techniques for minimizing skin irritations (i.e. razor burn and ingrown hairs), proper hygiene and post-shave care.
To celebrate Father’s Day, Maniace is offering an exclusive package for Dad. The $170 package includes the class, a starter straight razor, Derby razor blades, a shaving set from Baxter of California (full-sized bottles of Super Close Shave Formula, After Shave Balm, Best Badger Shaving Brush and a Double Edged Safety Razor), and a signed copy of The Bearded Gentleman (a $215 value).
Classes open to the public:
Sunday, June 19th 10:00am to 12:00pm (Father’s Day)
Sunday, July 17th, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Call 646-752-6891 or email email@example.com to reserve a space
Mystic Hair, 14 Haight Street, San Francisco
$75 – includes the class, a starter straight razor, Derby razor blades, and step-by-step shaving instructions excerpted from The Bearded Gentleman
$170 – includes the class, a starter straight razor, Derby razor blades, and the Father’s Day gift set
Gift Certificates Available
[Mystic Hair, 14 Haight Street, San Francisco; beardedgentleman.com]