Before we start.

A close shave is the best way to get a smooth finish on your skin and to achieve that clean look. But it can be a deadly process! How many times have you finished your shave, only for your face to look like a bloody mess?


Even with the best razors and equipment, we can still get a nick every now and again. Then comes the annoyance of trying to patch ourselves up and stop the never-ended flow of blood! There has to be an easier way, right? Well there is – below, we take a look a improving your shaving technique, and how to stop shaving cuts from bleeding.

Quick Answer: If you've cut yourself shaving and want to stop the bleeding quickly then apply a cold compress asap. The best product to use to stop bleeding is potassium alum. They are frequently found in stick form - Like this Alum Stick which we sell on our website.

Understand hair growth direction

There are two ways you can shave – against or with your hair growth direction. If you shave in the opposite direction of hair growth (against the grain), you are more likely to cause irritation and potentially cut your skin. However, the benefit of doing this is that you can achieve a much closer shave.

In contrast, shaving in the same direction is generally easier and safer. You are then relying on the quality of your razor and shaving skills to achieve close results, though.

A common shaving ritual is to shave with the grain first, and then do a 2nd shave against the grain. This gives a really close shave and reduces the chances of nicks by going straight in against the grain.

how to shave with a straight razor

Protect Your Skin and Prevent a Bloody Mess With an Alum Stick

Shaving doesn’t have to be a battle with life and death! Nor does it have to involve puddles of blood and shaving cuts that simply won’t heal. By using our simple tips for both shaving, and stopping bleeding, you can improve your technique and enjoy the experience more. Items like a shaving stick and disinfectants are important to use, so make sure you have them as part of your shaving kit!

  • Alum Sticks

    See below our recommended alum blocks to help with shaving cuts and to prevent bleeding.

    View Alum Blocks
  • Brand: Omega

    Omega Alum Stick 60g

    Regular price $15.99
    Regular price Sale price $15.99
    Omega Alum Stick 60g
  • Brand: Cut Throat Club

    Styptic pencil

    Regular price $8.74
    Regular price Sale price $8.74
    Styptic pencilStyptic pencil

Conclusion - Phew!

That is everything. All in one place. If you are interested in getting started wet shaving then check out the Cut Throat Club's product range.
We would love to get your input on any differences of opinion you have or other lessons you have learned that new beginners would value - Please leave a comment below.