Myths About Shaving with a Safety Razor

With an increase in conscious consumers, many shavers have been switching their plastic cartridge razors for a plastic-free safety razor. The benefits of using a safety razor outweigh any misconceptions you might have heard.  These myths prevent individuals from finally switching to a safety razor, contributing to more plastic razors being purchased and tossed into the landfill. 

Don’t worry, we’re here to debunk them! 

  • Safety Razors are dangerous 
  • There’s a misconception that safety razors are more dangerous than other razors. The truth is multi-blade cartridge razors can be dangerous as more blades provide a greater chance of cutting yourself. Each blade passes over the same strand of hair, meaning that one hair could be cut 5 times, lower each time. With a safety razor, the hair is cut once at skin level instead of below skin level like cartridge blades. 

  • A sharp blade is more dangerous than a dull blade
  • In theory, you might assume this to be true when in fact dull blades are more likely to tug at your skin and create nicks. Dull blades can also harbor bacteria and rust that can damage and irritate your skin. Depending on your hair type, we recommend customers change their Rockwell blades every 4-7 shaves. 

  • Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker/ quicker
  • Thankfully no, the thickness of your hair and the frequency it grows is dependant on your own personal hormones and hair follicles and not by how often you shave. While this is a common misconception, it has been debunked through clinical research. Shaved hair lacks the finer taper seen at the ends of unshaven hair, giving an impression of coarseness. 

  • The more blades, the better the shave
  • More blades don’t always equate to a better shave. Mutliblade cartridge razors are more likely to cause ingrown hairs, bumps, rashes, and nicks than a single blade razor. Dermatologists even suggest switching to single blade razors to improve skin and avoid any irritation while shaving. 

  • Safety razors are expensive
  • Not necessarily. While the initial cost of the razor may be expensive in comparison to buying one cartridge razor, the cost of the razor pays for itself in the long run. A plastic razor itself may be affordable at the initial purchase but cartridge replacements are quite expensive. With a Rockwell razor, the replacement blades are great quality and last for 4-7 shaves depending on your hair. The best part is, each blade costs 10¢!

  • Women can’t use safety razors
  • Women can definitely use safety razors, why should men be the only ones reaping the benefits? While some razors are more aggressive and create a learning curve, Rockwell razors are easy to adjust and provide a beginner setting.  The milder settings make the safety razor perfect for shaving all areas of your body, yes, even sensitive skin. Read our women's guide to shaving with a safety razor for more information. 


  • The more pressure you apply, the closer the shave

  • When shaving with a safety razor you want to let the weight of the razor do the hard work. Unlike regular cartridge razors where you need to apply more pressure, this is the opposite of the safety razor. Use short gentle strokes with limited pressure to avoid any knicks or cuts. Pressing too hard is the only time 


    We understand that switching to a safety razor can be intimidating but we promise it isn’t nearly as scary as it seems or as these myths imply. If you’ve been wanting to switch to a safety razor, we highly recommend the Rockwell 6C as it’s one of our most affordable razors that’s adjustable and offers an amazing shave!

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