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youluckyfox

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Post Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:15 am

Share your routine

More often than not, I have to use my Phillips Norelco, but that's because I usually have trouble getting up on time. The shave is pretty weak and it grows back by the next day. It usually takes me 10 minutes for any growth that is less than a week old. When I use my Norelco, I have to shave in circles and scrub against the grain if I want it to feel like I've really done a good job. This usually leaves me feeling razor-burnt around my neck.

When I have time I use a two track razor. My routine is that I soak my face for two minutes in hot water or a hot towel. I then use lotion as my shaving cream. That's right: lotion. I buy it in a bulk container and it sits in my bathroom for guests to get freaked out by. A friend I met in Florida put me onto the idea and I thought he was crazy until I tried it, I've used it ever since and have favored it over soap and brush or any other foam-in-a-can. The cool thing about using lotion is you never have that nasty razorburnt feeling, even when you shave against the grain. I've used preshave oils and all the stuff you can find from artofshaving, but this still works best for me and it's way cheaper. Using lotion, you also don't need to use any aftershave, which makes this routine even cheaper. If you try this make sure it is unscented lotion or it can burn your skin. When my skin needs it, I use aloe vera gel as an optional aftershave and this does wonders at preventing my skin from breaking out when I am around machine oil and welding smoke all day long. Doesn't matter what it is as long as it is 100% aloe vera and nothing else.

I carry my straight razor with me in my backpack for when I don't even have time to grab my Norelco. This might seem strange, like I should keep the straight razor at home and carry the two-track razor around, but I do so because the two track razor retains moisture and gunk in between the blades. I don't want to have to worry about mildew or whatever, so I carry the straight razor because it dries very easily in comparison. I have a loop of fishing line attached to it that I put my hand through so that if the razor slips in my hand it won't fall and ruin the blade.

Anyway, that's my routine, what works for you?
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:20 am

Re: Share your routine

I shave after I get out of the shower. Lather up with a soap/cream and a brush and shave with a double edge. My current favorite is a 1967 Gillette Slim razor with Astra Superior Platinum blades. Then I use an alcohol free aftershave balm since I have dry skin.
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:05 am

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I shave before my shower, Single Blade Bic Disposable razor anything else and I get bad razor burn (than and only shaving once a week helps)
then shower and wash my face with Burts Bees Face wash .
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:19 pm

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I hate shaving...lol...but I do it after my shower with a Gillette Fusion and Barbasol shaving cream...I can't use an electric.
Before my barber retires, I will have a REAL shave.
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:10 pm

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jeffmoss26 wrote:Before my barber retires, I will have a REAL shave.


oh man i do this at least one a month unless i have something formal to attend, well worth the money. just make sure the barber has steady hands hehe
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:32 pm

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I shave in the shower. I only shave my neck to maintain my beard line. I moisten my neck with hot water to open skin pores and relax things, then I apply Coconut Milk Conditioner (hair conditioner) then shave using a Gillette Fusion then immediately rinse my shaved skin with hot water. Zero razor burn if done correctly with light pressure, very very rarely any ingrown hairs.
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Post Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:29 pm

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Hmmm conditioner sound like a great idea. Ill have to try it.

Gents before you say you hate shaving, be happy you have hair to shave. I only grow an incomplete stash and a goatish chin thing that I dont know what to call. In other words I look like Im just one foot into puberty when I dont shave for 2 weeks lol. I would love some facial hair as there are so many styles so choose from (go-tee, full beard, line cuts, outline cuts, etc etc). The only part I do like about my hairless face is that I shave once every week or two. :)
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Post Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:08 am

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I decided about 6 months ago that I was done trimming my mustache and opted for a handlebar style. As a reward or punishment, now every morning I need to wax the stache, otherwise it just looks like it hasn't been trimmed in 6 months
Far as shaving the rest off I use the Schick quattro, 4-bladed razor, which even when completely dull, is still sharper than the old single blade I used to carve my face up with.
Kudos to Ya youluckyfox, I chose the straight razor as my first blade back when I was 13 and my Dad kept insisting that I shave that crap off my lip. He actually referred to my mustache as Rabbit Sh*t, the sob. At that age, my mustache looked much like a latino stache, it was pretty short
on the furry part and I was actually called some insulting mexican names, as a teenager, due to my sparsely furred stache. I recall my first use of the straight razor, I must have cut my face at least 85 times. The cuts were soo
clean however that simply pushing them back together allowed me to continue using the same old face for all these years! Did You ever give a Braun electric razor a try? Mine works great on my ears
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Post Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:26 am

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Nice story, Jones. I can grow out a decent growth, but there's one spot under my chin that doesn't grow as fast, so I usually just let it grow out until the patch becomes apparent and then start clean. I've never had it grow out more than a week or so. Haven't tried a Braun razor before, just the three-headed Norelco kind. I looked at a Braun model that could be used while wet, but I ultimately didn't buy it.
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Post Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:45 am

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I actually used a Braun electric since 2006 or 2007. Then back in October I think, Elbow got me hooked on using a double edge and I havent used the electric since. Carts gave me godawful razorburn and ingrowns so I switched to the electric. The first blade dulls then pulls the hair out and the following blades cut it below skin level. That doesn't happen with a single blade.
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Post Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:11 am

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Xeo you actually do the same thing I do!

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Post Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:18 am

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I use a dime size amount of dime size amount of C.O. Bigelow Eucalyptus on a cheap Escali badger hair brush and build a quick lather on my face(using cold water no less). Then use a cheap Weishi DE safety razor, and go with the grain, lather and then against the grain. I've found using cold water leaves my face just as smooth after a shave, but without making the skin so tender and porous. Plus if you suffer dry skin, it tends to leave your face much less dry and raggedy. Then I finish with good ole' Old Spice, or better yet, Royal Copenhagen.
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Post Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:22 am

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Electric, 3 rotating heads on dry skin, in circles. Finish with a splash of aftershave. Takes about 5 minutes, 2 to 4 times a week.

Any other razor leaves my face too raw and I get pimples on my neck which bleed on the next shave.

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Post Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:02 pm

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As many of you may guess, I use disposable Gillette blue 2 blades, 2 or 3 times a week. I usually squeeze shaving soap directly from the tube to my face and apply it with my fingers instead of using a brush and a cup.
After that a nice after shave conditioner is needed to reduce my skin irritation.

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Post Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:29 pm

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@Femurat/Riyame:
I am definitely in favor of a single blade or two track razor. I have not purchased a double edge razor, yet, but plan to. Interesting video on single-blade razors:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufG1dPmVo8Q
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