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Any of you guys practice this? I have irritation issues and shaving my upper lip and chin is pretty painful with a cartridge razor, so I thought I’d try a straight razor. I tried for the first time tonight, It was a lot less painful, unfortunately I look like I went three rounds with a really angry cat!

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I haven't tried it yet, but my eldest son has. He seemed to

enjoy the shave, but with the time it took to do so, he gave

it up....

 

Still want to and probably will soon.

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36 minutes ago, frosty said:

Any of you guys practice this? I have irritation issues and shaving my upper lip and chin is pretty painful with a cartridge razor, so I thought I’d try a straight razor. I tried for the first time tonight, It was a lot less painful, unfortunately I look like I went three rounds with a really angry cat!

If you get irritation, go to these, problem solved

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21 minutes ago, Darren. said:

I haven't tried it yet, but my eldest son has. He seemed to

enjoy the shave, but with the time it took to do so, he gave

it up....

 

Still want to and probably will soon.

Yeah it’s definitely not going to be a quick shave before work, probably more of a Saturday morning, lock the bathroom door and have 10 minutes to myself before everyone else gets up. I got mine from razor Emporium, they have a little package deal with a decent beginner razor  and samples of the shaving cream and balms for 70. 

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A Google search will bring you to outstanding forums and youtube is your friend.

As soon as you get the hang of it,, everything is better.  Feel free to PM me with questions 

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54 minutes ago, frosty said:

Any of you guys practice this? I have irritation issues and shaving my upper lip and chin is pretty painful with a cartridge razor, so I thought I’d try a straight razor. I tried for the first time tonight, It was a lot less painful, unfortunately I look like I went three rounds with a really angry cat!

Have you tried an electric razor? I've been using Norelco's for 45 years. Of course I've had a full beard for 35 of those years. I still shave my neck though and they are fast, easy and do a good job for me.

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Start watching eBay for a 60's Gillette fat boy and don't look back.

......prep is 90% of the shave.  Med Prep blades are will with the little extra

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Well I will share my thoughts. I am no expert but this is where I am at with shaving today. So for some reason or another about 3 years ago my face developed a lot of sensitivity to shaving. It looked it was breaking out bad all the time. Really started to eat at my self confidence. Went to several doctors and spoke with allergist and what not to get that sorted out. Long story short this is my routine for shaving and facial care.

 

1. Take a shower including washing your face.

2. Right when you get out of the shower shave.

3. I always splash warm water over the entire face to begin with

4. Then I will take a badge brush and shaving soap bar and lather up my face

5. Next I will use some edge Sensitive skin shaving gel over that. The reason for this is the brush helps lift the hairs while the gel makes the razor glide

6. For the razor I use a Mach 3 sensitive skin - It helps with redness

7. While shaving make sure you are shaving with the grain of the hairs as much as possible. You will get breakouts/ingrown hairs when you don't as a result of the razor "pulling" along the face

8. Try to only go over the area of skin once and with the grain, taking the shave closer and going back over again against the grain will get it smoother but the risk of irritation and breakouts is higher if you have sensitive skin.

9. Turn the faucet to cold and rinse your face with cold water.

10. I have to apply some facial products for my skin that my dermatologist recommended. It is basically to help dry it out some and kill off bacteria that would cause breakouts.

 

Since following this plan my skin has looked much better. Sure I get the occasional breakout but it is not like it was before. Also I only wash my face just the one time a day unless it is a gym day and I shower when I get home.

 

At least give the sensitive skin stuff a try and try your best to shave with the grain or in the direction the hairs lay. Also don't forget the cold water splash at the end to help close the pores.

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8 hours ago, NHBull said:

A Google search will bring you to outstanding forums and youtube is your friend.

As soon as you get the hang of it,, everything is better.  Feel free to PM me with questions 

Thanks. I was thinking about getting a double edge for a quicker shave, but I have to space my purchases out a little or the wife gives me that look with one raised eyebrow... seriously though I’ll be checking on them, thanks!

8 hours ago, Scott F said:

Have you tried an electric razor? I've been using Norelco's for 45 years. Of course I've had a full beard for 35 of those years. I still shave my neck though and they are fast, easy and do a good job for me.

Yeah, I tried one once, it was ok on the cheeks and neck but it was still painful on the lip and chin area. 

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Used straight razor for a while.  It took a couple of weeks to start getting the hang of it.  It will definitely take longer than using a normal razor.  Plan for 20 minutes while just starting out.  Once you get the hang of it, you can achieve a very close, comfortable shave.  The reason a switched back to conventional razors is that using a straight razor isn't nearly as difficult as keeping it sharp.  I found that by the time I paid to have it sharpened, I wasn't really saving much $.

 

I do still use shaving soap as opposed to anything else, and will never look back.

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It is VERY unlikely you will get ingrown hairs with a single edge as they do not cut the hair below the skin

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14 hours ago, Darren. said:

He seemed to

enjoy the shave, but with the time it took to do so, he gave

it up....

Same here. Takes way to long to do it right.

 

To the OP try using Cremo shave crème makes the skin super slick which helps the razor glide better and less irritation.

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1 hour ago, NYWayfarer said:

Same here. Takes way to long to do it right.

 

To the OP try using Cremo shave crème makes the skin super slick which helps the razor glide better and less irritation.

Good Stuff ~ 

I'm partial to the Bourbon myself . . .

Available Exclusively at Wal-Mart

:smiley:

A-Jay

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I tired both a straight razor and a safety razor.  They were both better in that I had a lot less irritation, but worse in that it took far longer and when I did nick myself, it was a far longer-lasting and more annoying event.  Then I grew a beard and gave it all up, a Mach 3 cartridge just used to clean up my neck and cheeks last like a month or two, so the cost is small enough to not really factor in. 

 

What I found helped the most for skin irritation was using "Nivea Men Sensitive Skin After Post Shave Balm" as my shaving "cream".  It was a happy accident, I tried it one day when I ran out of actual shaving cream.  It only takes a little per shave and it is far better then any cream or soap that I have tried.  

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1 hour ago, A-Jay said:

Good Stuff ~ 

I'm partial to the Bourbon myself . . .

Available Exclusively at Wal-Mart

:smiley:

A-Jay

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I bought that myself. A-Jay tell me if I am imagining things but this stuff smells exactly like Pinaud aftershave?!

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2 hours ago, NYWayfarer said:

I bought that myself. A-Jay tell me if I am imagining things but this stuff smells exactly like Pinaud aftershave?!

It does if you say it does ~ 

Besides, you can't drink all day if'n ya don't shave with it in the morning . . . 

:smiley:

A-Jay

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15 hours ago, A-Jay said:

It does if you say it does ~ 

Besides, you can't drink all day if'n ya don't shave with it in the morning . . . 

:smiley:

A-Jay

It smells just like Pinaud clubman aftershave and powder my barber uses on my neck after a haircut. 

 

Got to remember the drink rule! :Pepsi:

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I gave up shaving as a bad habit about forty years ago.

 

But, when I did shave, I'd shave in the shower.  Started out with Gillette double edge razors.  My dad had this gizmo with leather rollers.  Put a blade in it, crank the handle and you'd end up with "stropped" razor.  Worked pretty slick.  The blade would flop back and forth as you cranked the handle.

 

Ain't nobody going to shoot me with a tranquilizing dart in the razor aisle.

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I've long been grateful for my light beard.  In high school I took a lot of crap for my lack of any facial hair, never even owned a razor until I went off to basic training almost a year after graduation from high school.  Now I'm thankful that I can get 2 or 3 months from a cartridge.  Takes me about a minute for a full shave.  Never any irritation.

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I use a razor about once a week.  The rest of the time I use electric.  If I break out from my allergy and shave with a blade it's a mess.

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Harry's ...very happy...keep the the single blade retro stuff...not interested...

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Razor?  What's a razor?  What's a barber for that matter?

 

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35 minutes ago, Fishing Rhino said:

Razor?  What's a razor?  What's a barber for that matter?

 

 

My thoughts, too.  I know the last day I shaved: 31 Jan 2010....the day I retired from the Navy

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I used a straight razor for about a month, about 40 years ago.

 

Then I came to my senses.

 

 

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