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The Manly Shaving Thread

Discussion in 'GD Archive' started by gam3r, Oct 13, 2009.

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  1. gam3r

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    Well, I have been using a Gillete Fusion for years now, probably since I started shaving...

    When I first started to shave(years and years ago) my skin never really used to get irritated, I would just shave normally and apply some Nivea balm after and hey presto no rash or uncomfortable feeling.

    Fast forward to now, Shaving with the same Fusion(not the same blade:rolleyes:) and applying aftershave balm just doesn't cut it anymore.

    Firstly, my stubble is so tough I have to make multiple passes over most areas which I think irritates some areas of my skin and secondly I'm never able to achieve a close shave at all. I use the Gillete Fusion gel, is this stuff generally crap?

    Usually in the same area on my neck, where the stubble seems to grow back the next day, I get a rash which isn't very comfortable...

    My method of shaving is.....:
    -(sometimes) wash face with a facial scrub and hot/warm water
    -apply gel
    -shave(I try not to go against the direction of the stubble)
    -wash face with cold water
    -apply balm

    Any tips on what I can do...I was thinking of ditching the Fusion and trying some bog standard disposables(recommend me some?)...if you have any suggestions to products or methods I can try please post!

    Thanks
     
  2. J1234

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    Ditch the disposable and go for a DE safety razor, such as a Merkur. It won't irritate your skin at all unless you use it incorrectly.
     
  3. Saundie

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  4. neil3k

    Soldato

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    get yourself some proper shaving cream and a brush
     
  5. gam3r

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    Noo...more money on expensive blades!:(

    I don't use a disposable, I have a Gillete Fusion...;)

    I was thinking, sometimes I don't shave for a while, and my stubble becomes quite long making it harder to shave. Do you think shaving more frequently will stop the irritation or help it?
     
  6. Jotun

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    Location: Liverpool

    http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2008/04/advice.html

    I've not tried it as I don't have much facial hair so it's no issue for me, but I read the basic instructions webcomic and the author has been making a few posts about shaving lately :p http://www.basicinstructions.net/?p=1229
     
  7. J1234

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    Ditch the Gillete then, just as bad!
     
  8. gam3r

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  9. marl

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    I find I get the best shave if I wash with really hot water and try and give my face a good soak with a face cloth!

    If I don't do this then I get a bit of irritation.
     
  10. gam3r

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    Maybe I'll try using some vodka and an axe once I've exhausted all my options..
     
  11. james.miller

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  12. gam3r

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  13. james.miller

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    worth it when you consider the price of the blades - £4 for 10 or cheaper - and especially when you consider those blades last longer then the rip off fusion blades. They really dont compare to a decent saftey razor like a merkur
     
  14. VeNT

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    meh I've been unable to see any difference over 3 blades. use oil tho over foam.
     
  15. ringo747

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    Shaving oil, followed by a good gel, followed by a lovely Merker. Brilliant shave.
     
  16. nin9abadga

    Wise Guy

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    i shave every 3 days as no matter what i do (I'm not gonna spend loads of cash on an expensive razor!) i get an irritation from the razor. i tend to wash face with some decent facewash and hot water, then dry it, then wet it again with hot water, apply foam and shave. i used to use the king of shaves gel but i found i started to get irritation again so i switched to that nivea foam stuff. i don't find i need to stick balm afterwards as i get no irritation.
     
  17. LeJosh

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    That merkur looks awesome, I get ridiculous stuble and takes me days to shave it off.
     
  18. james.miller

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    They arent expensive though. The razors might be 4 times the price but the blades are less than 1/4 the price of the fusions for example. they are absolutely worth it!

    £4.50 for a pack of ten blades? http://www.mankind.co.uk/src/awin/Merkur-Stainless-Platinum-Safety-Razor-Blades-10-Pack-PRODMEAC1/ 45p a blade. Whats the average price for 8 fusion blades? The dont shave as well or last as long!
     
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  19. ringo747

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    What he says:

    Linky
     
  20. danza

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    Decent and cheap Merkur razor:

    http://connaughtshaving.com/merkur33c.html

    Buy that and 5 each of Feather, Wilkinson Sword and Derby blades and whatever else takes your fancy, a cheapish brush and some soap/cream. Hell, even some gel from the supermarket will do without a brush, and you'll not look back.

    I have the above razor, and it's brilliant if a little short. Doesn't take long to get used to it though, and it's just as quick for me to shave with that as a regular (crap) razor. A much closer shave with no razor burn whatsoever.

    Avoid Gillette blades like the plague, and you'll be fine.

    You do NOT have to spend a fortune on shaving gear to get much better results. A Gillette/WS cartridge razor 'Ultra Plus With Extra Fanny Magnet Titanium Ultra Sport GTX' is about 6 quid with a blade. 5 blades another 8 quids on top. That £19 Merkur razor + 100 Feather blades (the very sharpest and by far the best) blades will be about £40. You do the mathematical calculations.
     
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