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Old 09-24-2009, 04:50 PM   #21
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:27 AM   #22
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I use the cartridge blades, but the best shaves I've ever gotten were from an old school barber with a straight razor. I miss those days
A good barber is worth having.
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:56 AM   #23
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I just finished my first shave with a badger hair brush, old fashioned shave cream, and a safty razor. I actually enjoyed shaving this morning. It took me much longer than usual (about 20 minutes) but it is Sat so I had the time to do it. Taking that much time was actually nice. I was able to relax and have some time to myself.

The shave cream was amazingly different from the stuff in the can which I now think should be called shaving foam. There is nothing creamy about the canned stuff. I used a cream from a company called Proraso (I think). It comes in a tube like toothpaste. It produces a lather that is truely creamy and thick.

I bought and inexpensive badger hair brush. This was the weak link in my shave, but it was not bad. I think this is a case where you get what you pay for (up to a point). Eventually I will invest in a better brush, but for now thus will work. I paid $15 for this one, but I have seen brushes for as much as $800. I think a $40 brush will be fine for me. My brush made a decent lather, but it was a little scratchy, but not much. As I get my technique down I will be able to get a better lather I am sure.

My razon glided over my skin with with next to no friction. Had I not heard the whiskers being cut I never would have believed it was happening. I lathered and shaved three times which fon my reading is normal. On many things I have read they all say the goal is beard reduction not elimination. After my third pass I washed up and applied after shave lotion. When I felt my beard it was the closest shave I had ever gotten. There were a few spots I could have done better, but they are no worse then a regular shave with my fusion.

A major plus is that my wife LOVED the smell. The cream really does smell great. The tube cost about $10, but a little goes a long way. The tube is about 1.5 times the size of a toothpaste tube and you use a dollop about the size of an almond so it will last a long time.

I think with practice I can get my shave down to 10 minutes. Until I do I will reserve this method for the weekends. The whole think really did feel luxorious from the slow relaxed pace to the physical feeling to the smell. I highly recommend trying this if it sounds interesting to you.
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Old 09-26-2009, 10:14 AM   #24
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Glad you enjoyed the experience, GB. I've always viewed it as a chore and try to get through it ASAP.
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Old 09-26-2009, 10:16 AM   #25
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That is how I have always viewed it too Andy. I would almost never shave on the weekends as I could not stand doing it. I have a heavy dark beard too which grows very fast so even after one day I have a lot to shave. I did not care though as I hated shaving that much so unless we were going somewhere that I needed to look good I would go without. Now I am looking forward to shaving tomorrow morning.
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Old 09-26-2009, 10:18 AM   #26
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Here is the cream I used.
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Old 09-26-2009, 03:03 PM   #27
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I shave my head and face. The head is the hard part as its curved and I cannot look at it in the mirror as I do not have eyes in the back of my head. I tried nair and burned my scalp! I use a curving safety razor and bar soap in the shower.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:02 AM   #28
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Interesting update...Normally, I need to shave every single day if I want to look clean shaven. Today is the first day in my adult life that I would be able to get away without shaving, but looking like I did. My shave from yesterday was so close that today my beard is about as close as if I had just shaved with my fusion. I am going to shave again today, just because it was so enjoyable yesterday, but during the week when I am in more of a rush it will be great to not have to shave every single morning.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:33 PM   #29
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As I was staring into the mirror while shaving the other day I wondered how has this been working out for you?
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:40 PM   #30
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I am extremely pleased with my new shaving routine. Once I realized I would be shaving like this, at least for a while, I decided to splurge and get myself a better brush. It has made a big difference in the enjoyability of the process. There was nothing wrong with my first brush, but my new brush is luxurious and feels great.

I have gotten my technique down and have started shaving in the shower again as I used to. I did not think I would be able to do that shaving this way, but I was wrong. The time it takes me to shave is down significantly too. From start to finish it is probably no more than 5 or 6 minutes.

I change blades a lot more frequently than I used to when using cartridge razors, but at about 5 cents or so per blade I am not worried about it. I have made it a habit of using a new blade every Monday.
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