Video: The Gentleman's Shave

Justin Virgil, master barber at Spa 1851 from Kiehl's, breaks down the best men's shaving tips.

You've been shaving for years, and you've got it down to a science ... right? Maybe, maybe not. We spent a morning with Justin Virgil, master barber at Spa 1851, the first-ever spa from NYC-based skincare company Kiehl's, and found out that everyone — from lighting guy to camera crew — had something to learn.

In today's video, Virgil (who's a menswear designer on the side) demonstrates an old-school straight razor shave in the spa's apothecary-esque setting and explains how to get similarly effective results at home. Find out why drugstore shaving cream is too drying (Virgil uses this one), why determining the direction of your hair growth makes a world of difference, how long the whole process should take and how to banish razor burn once and for all. 

Whether you're a shaving novice, a lifelong pro or just trying to stretch Movember into December, watch the video above to brush up on technique.

For the products Virgil uses, go to or The Shop at Equinox. Spa 1851 is located at 157 East 64th Street, NY, NY. For appointments, call 1-888-772-1851 or book online at