Shaving

sabre_ac

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Since moving to a colder climate I've mainted a beard over the winter, its my first and I'm very proud of it:thumbsu:.

A thick strong ginger colour, its quite a sight to behold.

I definitely recommend growing one if just for a month or two, its something I think all men at some stage should do in their lives.

Come summer I'll be heading back to the clean shaved look.
 

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Rod Stroker

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I definitely recommend growing one if just for a month or two, its something I think all men at some stage should do in their lives.
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Tried it but I can't get over the itchiness that kicks in after about a week, and I get frustrated to the point of either trimming it back to stubble with my electric razor, or just wet shaving the whole thing off.
 

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Electric is for patient shavers with a light touch. Thats the only way to use them.
Once you get used to them it is clean efficient and no cuts. I,ve been electric for 10 years wet shaved for a lifetime but now its the power point for me.
They make them cordless too, ya know! ;)
 

Carl Hooper

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Since moving to a colder climate I've mainted a beard over the winter, its my first and I'm very proud of it:thumbsu:.

A thick strong ginger colour, its quite a sight to behold.

I definitely recommend growing one if just for a month or two, its something I think all men at some stage should do in their lives.

Come summer I'll be heading back to the clean shaved look.
Come summer? Man, its steaming in Perth.

Get the razor out!
 

Xtreme

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I dont shave anymore because I look about 10 when I do.
29, turning 30 soon.... yet when clean shaven i still look under 18 (has its perks, but boy being asked for ID can get annoying at times :p).

Have recently started getting WHITE whiskers, as opposed to the multi coloured whiskers i've been getting in recent years (weird light colour, that sometimes changed back to my natural black hair colour every 3-4 shaves). So i'll be staying clean shaven from now on :eek: :p.
 

Thomus12

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Hi SorryIHammerChicken,
Yes, I agree to you. But I think that electrical shaver save time. Old fission shaver is always good for close shave. When ever I have time I use old shaver. But when I am in hurry electric shaver is best option.
 

The Passenger

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i hate shaving too... but when the beard gets too long it's a bit manky.

crucial life skill for all men is to learn to shave with nothing but a razor... at some point you're bound to need to do it, and murphy's law suggest that time is going to be an important one.
 

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Hey all. Stumbled across this thread while procrastinating for exams and it couldnt have come at a good enough time. Recently I had been getting shaver bumps and ingrowns after years of using electric shavers, so after reading this I have also joined the DE bandwagon.

Got a kit from Mensbiz that included Merkur, Astra, Persona, Feather and Derby blades, and it gives you the order in which to try them (from bluntest to sharpest). Also as freebies they threw in a pack of each of the Gillette 7'oclock series of blades. Just wondering where they would fit into the list of bluntest to sharpest so I can include them in my trial.

So far so good with the shaving. First couple of shaves were really good. Just had my 3rd DE shave and came out with a few nicks, mostly around the 'stash and one on the area where i still have some bumps. Not really worried about it TBH, with experience these will reduce. I was just a bit worried about doing a Macauly Culkin when I went to put on the aftershave balm :eek:
 

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Shave about once every 3 weeks and its just sideburns. Not the hairiest bloke going around.
 

morri

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I like electric shavers for a quick shave on the legs. Mostly because it is faster. If I want a extra pretty shave (close) I also use the Mach 3 blades. I think it is ridiculous though how they keep adding on blades- like 5 or even 6 blade razors..
Also I think it is ridiculous how the market wants to sell extra 'lady shavers' as if they were any different to normal shavers, and they are all purple or pink, and I hate pink.
 

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A girl has graced the shaving thread? lol

Yeah I do think it's a bit weird they make ladies shavers pink and obviously there's the issue of sharpness which seems to be why you'd want to use a mens Mach 3.

I do think the extra blades on the fusion are worth it but only just and because all good disposable razors are pricey anyway. It makes things slightly quicker and just a bit less rough on the tricky parts.
 

morri

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I have seen more females at the start of the thread. Also it looks like aussies have a lot more choice in any case? Only brands I ever see here are either Gillette , Wilkinson or for the cheap one use shavers BIC.
 

Caesar

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Not really. Safety razors are pretty much a choice between Gillette or Schick, with Bic for the disposables.

Most of the nuts in this thread wet-shave and shop online... it's hard to buy blades for DE razors anywhere these days, and when you do find them it's usually only one brand unless it's a specialised shaver shop.

My girlfriend used to pinch my DE razor for doing her legs when she was over. She liked how sharp it was. I kept telling her, the reason it's sharp is because I don't let you shave your legs with it. :mad:
 

Kram

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Just having a very short beard for the first time ever this winter and don't mind it over not shaving, might do it every year now.
 

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As long as you keep the stray hairs / mo trimmed you can get away with it.

Having facial hair is not synonymous with poor grooming, it's called beard styling these days. :p
 

IAMDASH

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One of the best threads on BF.

I had a lot of trouble with ingrown hairs, razor burn, dragging, cutting etc using a combination of electric razors and multi blade disposables over the years.

Got into D/E wet shaving recently. Currently using the Merkur 33C with Proraso Cream. Have tried Feathers (too sharp for me at this stage), Derby's which I liked and Merkur which was probably the best blade so far.

Three passes (time permitting at the moment). With the grain, against the grain, across the grain. For a quick shave one pass, or still head back to the electric occassionally.

Also I finish off my shave with with Trumper Extract of Limes. It is the business that stuff.

Next step is to go with a soap once the Proraso has finished. Can anyone recommend a good soap?

Also has anyone here progressed to a straight edge? Would love to try that sometime if only for novelty value.
 

Caesar

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For soap I use Crabtree & Evelyn.

Have had straight razor shaves at barbers a few times.

Great shaves but I think that's probably more down to the expertise of the barber than anything else. Can't imagine being able to give myself a better shave than I already do with a DE, even if I managed to acquire the art of honing, stropping etc. Throw in the time factor and it's just not worth it to me.
 

Walesy

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That's the one- the time investment on keeping the blade sharp is the biggest factor in keeping me from it.

It is something that's on my list though, so one day.
 

Caesar

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Just switched to Feather blades this week, from Wilkinson Swords. Bloody hell they're sharp. Have managed to give myself a nick at least half the times I've used them so far... prior to that I hadn't cut myself in months.

Great shave though. Once I get the hang of them, they'll be fine.
 

jonoman89

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Seriously thinking of investing in a Merkur after reading this thread and other pages on the net. I haven't clean shaved properly for about 2 years, usually just trim on the shortest setting on my electric razor. Getting away with it at uni, but starting full-time work soon and I'll need to be cleanly shaven.

Problem is whenever I do clean shave I get a lot of irritation and ingrown hairs on account of a pretty irregular growth pattern on my neck.

A proper safety razor is probably my best bet to avoid irritation is it not?
 

Caesar

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If by safety razor you mean DE razor, then yes. Cartridge razors encourage you to press down for a close shave, which increases skin irritation. A good DE razor with a sharp blade, it's easier to shave with a light touch. The tradeoff is you need much better shaving technique. Compared to a DE, it's pretty much impossible to cut yourself with a cartridge razor.

The biggest factor with skin irritation is lubrication though. If you switch to a high-quality shaving soap (not foam/gel), apply it with a good shaving brush and make sure you shave after a hot shower, you will probably see a big improvement even using a cartridge razor.

Using a good non-alcohol based aftershave will also help with your ingrowns. I'm prone to them as well and I find the only way to really avoid them altogether is to exfoliate and moisturise regularly, annoying as that is.
 
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