Taking on the Movember challenge has meant taking a renewed interest in shaving. I pretty much find shaving a chore, always irritating my skin and taking up valuable sleep time – not shaving means you can sleep in a few minutes more!
I’ve tried an electric razor, but that was even worse. I tried an old Remington corded jobby back in the mid nineties and around the turn on the century I splurged some money getting a proper cordless super-duper Braun unit, but used the money back guarantee as 4 weeks of red raw neck was enough for me.
Since then I’ve used various incarnations of Gillette or Schick products whenever work or life has demanded it, but been generally happy to allow my facial hair to grow. Part of that may be as much attributed to my weak chin as to razor bumps however.
Reading How to get that perfect shave on the US Today show website has made me think a bit more about it. To hear them tell of it, shaving ought to be a manly pleasure and doing it right separates the real men from the wanna-bes.
So I went out and started looking for a Double-edge safety razor. And kept looking. Although I could find them on the Internet at places like Classic Shaving I couldn’t find an Australian distributor for the highly regarded Merkur razors. It was difficult to find any kind of DE razor at all – I’d never even seen one before.
In the end I purchased a “Gunmetal Safety Razor Set” from The Shaver Shop. The kit comes with 5 razor blades which should be enough to last for 4-6 shaves each, apparently. Additional blades are $9/5 pack from the Shaver Shop, but are cheaper at your local supermarket and cheaper than branded cartridges that I used previously.
Using it for the first time was a little intimidating, but soon I was enjoying the sharpness of the blade and control over what you are doing. After a couple of uses my neck is still covered in bumps, so my technique is obviously not perfect yet.
The next step on improving my shaving experience will be getting a “badger hair shaving brush”. Apparently this is the best thing you can do to improve the quality of your shave and how well your skin copes with it.
I heartily recommend trying a DE safety razor to anyone who finds shaving a bit of a chore. You will enjoy shaving for a change, your skin will thank you and your partner will appreciate it too.