The shave is the oldest service provided by barbers. The word barber is derived from the Latin word barba meaning beard. Artifacts such as razors and pictures depicting barbershop scenes have been discovered dating back to thousands of years B.C. Daily or a few times a week men would go to the barbershop to be shaved before the invention of the safety razor. Today a professional shave is a luxury. Any man can shave himself today so the service must be first class. The correct products and skin preparation along with the technical skill are imperative to going above and beyond the clients expectations. LEARNING OBJECTIVES • Identify the correct type of straight razor to use for the most comfortable shave. • Identify the four hand positions for holding the straight razor. • Identify the fourteen shaving stokes. • Identify which straight razor hand positions go with each shaving stroke. • Understand the process of preparing the skin for a shave. • Understand the purpose of each of the shaving products. • Understand the importance of keeping the skin, beard, and shaving cream warm. • Demonstrate a straight razor face shave.