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Old 09-22-2009, 04:36 PM   #1
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Guys - How do you shave?

OK I don't want to exclude the girls here too so anyone is welcome to answer.

When I learned how to shave I was using a double edged safety razor. From there I switched to an electric and from there I went to a cartridge razor. I have always been disappointed with the electrics so I won't use those anymore. I got a decent shave with the cartridge razors, but those blades are so expensive. I hate dropping my hard earned money on them.

A few years ago I learned about shaving oil. It is used instead of shaving cream or gel. You wet your beard and then put 2-3 drops in your palm and rub it into your beard. The great thing about it is that is goes on clear so you can see where you are shaving. It also comes in a very small bottle (about the size of eye drops) so it travels well. One bottle lasts me an entire year. I have really enjoyed using this stuff.

Well lately I have been feeling that my shaves have not been that great. I have not changed the way I do anything so I am not sure the issue. I decided to switch back to a safety razor. I picked one up over the weekend and have been using it the past few days and really liking it. It takes me about 5x as long to shave now, but I do not mind that right now.

I have been reading up on the art of shaving (yes there is an art to it) and have been learning a lot so I am going to attempt to do the old fashioned wet shave soon. I just ordered some real shaving cream (not the kind in the can) and a shaving brush made of badger hair. Does anyone here use this kind of shaving method? I am curious to hear about your experiences. It seems like if you have time to do it this way then it can be a sort of luxurious way to shave.

So have you ever shaved this way or what do you do to get those whiskers off your face?

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Old 09-22-2009, 04:43 PM   #2
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We occasionally get shaving threads in the cycling forums too.... but it's relevant there....

I just do it in the shower using a Bic razor and regular soap or shampoo.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:46 PM   #3
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Hey you gotta make sure you have a clean face so you don't have whiskers dropping into the soup you are making

For those that use cartridge blades, how often do you change the blade out for a new one?
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:15 PM   #4
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I have been using Gillette razors for the past 50 years. My first one was one of my father's.

I now use a Gillette Fusion Power and the Fusion shaving gel. It's a great combination for an easy and close, smooth shave.

I change blade carts when I notice the blades on my face. It hurts - I change carts. Forget about those blue strips that turn white when it's time to change. You'd go broke.

The key to a good shave is to moisten and soften your whiskers as much as possible. Use plenty of the hottest water you can stand to wet your face thoroughly. Apply the cream/gel/soap and rub it in so the rubbing action works it into the whiskers to further soften them.

Shave the easiest parts of the face first and leave the toughest for last so they can soften longer. That means the area around your mouth and chin are last, and the neck is next to last.

You really don't have to see through the shave cream to shave it. All the parts are where they were the last time.

And remember, you're going to do it every day so if you missed it today you'll get it tomorrow.
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:29 PM   #5
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I have a Braun electric for my face & cartridge style for... other places.
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:59 PM   #6
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I change blade carts when I notice the blades on my face. It hurts - I change carts. Forget about those blue strips that turn white when it's time to change. You'd go broke.
How often, on average, is that for you though? Can you go 4 or 5 weeks or do you get 4 or 5 shaves out of a cart?



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You really don't have to see through the shave cream to shave it. All the parts are where they were the last time.
No you don't have to see, but sometimes it can help. For instance, it is much easier to make sure your sideburns or goatee are even if you can see.
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How often, on average, is that for you though? Can you go 4 or 5 weeks or do you get 4 or 5 shaves out of a cart?

Closer to 4-5 weeks. I never checked how long. Being retired and having little need to shave, I only shave a couple of times a week. However, based on a daily shave, 4-5 weeks is more reasonable.


No you don't have to see, but sometimes it can help. For instance, it is much easier to make sure your sideburns or goatee are even if you can see.

Trim the sideburns last. Shave up to the burns, then wipe away any cream and trim. The lovely lady who cuts my hair gave me a tip. Using your two index fingers, place one fingertip at the exact bottom of each side burn, with the rest of each finger horizontal as if you were pointing to the side burns. You can then easily judge if they are even by comparing finger levels and trim accordingly. Do not try to judge evenness by matching the side burns to a point on your ears.

Similarly for the goatee. Shave up to the goatee then wipe off residual foam and do the fine tuning.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:22 PM   #8
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That is one way to do it. If you overshoot because you can't see though then that kind of stinks. I really loved being able to see what I was doing and not having to guess. There are more than one way to skin a cat though, that is for sure.
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:24 PM   #9
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fusion.... 5 wonderful blades.
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:33 PM   #10
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Why shave when you can have a beard like the members of ZZtop:

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