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Just how close can a shave get?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Kent Wang, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. danielk

    danielk Member

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    kent,

    you are in Austin, go visit Charles at Enchante, he will talk your ear off, but passionate about shaving.

    http://www.enchanteonline.com/

    best,

    dan
     
  2. odoreater

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    Today I was in a big rush shaving and I managed to get quite possible the closest shave ever. Instead of using my Merkur DE razor, I busted out the Mach III but I shaved in the shower and used a brush and the Vulfix luxury shaving cream. Basically, I got my face all wet with really warm water, soaked up the brush, put the cream on the brush, lathered up my face, shaved with the Mach III, rinsed the excess shave cream off, lathered up again and went at it one more time with the Mach III against the grain. The shave took me all of 5 minutes and it's pretty much the closes shave I've ever gotten - even closer than the DE razor. Go figure.
     
  3. edmorel

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    I need to find something. I've used Art of Shaving shave soaps, The Body Shop shave cream (real nice), Zirh shave cream, Trumper shave soap and Dr. Harris all with my Mach III turbo and Art of Shaving badger brush. My shaves have been adequate, I shave twice at a time, once with and once against the grain. Right after shaving, I run my hand against the grain and I feel hair. By 12:00-1:00 pm, I have a decent 5 o'clock shadow. I also shave my head the same way but that stays smooth all day. Will the Proraso be better or will the Merkur have a better effect.
     
  4. Matt

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    Hi Ed Yeah im like that too - 5 oclock shadow joins me for lunch sometimes. Personal experience - I got a big jump in smoothness from switching to a DE, and increased uhhh longlastingness. 5 oclock shadow joining me for afternoon tea instead. I first bought a supermarket DE - plastic Gillette one - and yup immediate difference was noted. Then stumbled across a cheapy metal one in Thailand and bought that, and then got the Merkur recently when I was in England. My opinion - the $100 Merkur isnt shaving me noticeably better than the 30 cent plastic Gillette DE - so if your supermarket has those, suggest picking one up and testing it out to see if DE makes the difference for you. Hell, I'll mail you one if you want it, they are so cheap and have really cool pictures on the back to show you how to use it (it ends with a smiling cartoon woman touching the face of her handsomely shaved hero [​IMG] ). Anyhow, if you find the DE shave smoother, then upgrade to a Merkur or similar later... Now, flipside....it takes a long time to shave with the DE. My Power M3 still get used when I am running crazy late and just shave in the shower etc. The other thing, which I posted in another thread, is that if I spent 15-20 mins playing search-and-destroy with the M3 in front of a well lit enlarging shaving mirror (as I do with the DE), rather than just running it all over my face and then running out the door, then maybe it would be just as effective.
     
  5. matadorpoeta

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    I need to find something. I've used Art of Shaving shave soaps, The Body Shop shave cream (real nice), Zirh shave cream, Trumper shave soap and Dr. Harris all with my Mach III turbo and Art of Shaving badger brush. My shaves have been adequate, I shave twice at a time, once with and once against the grain. Right after shaving, I run my hand against the grain and I feel hair. By 12:00-1:00 pm, I have a decent 5 o'clock shadow. I also shave my head the same way but that stays smooth all day. Will the Proraso be better or will the Merkur have a better effect.

    i suggest you try an electric. i recommend a braun.
     
  6. edmorel

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    Hi Ed

    (it ends with a smiling cartoon woman touching the face of her handsomely shaved hero [​IMG] ).


    If I had a nickel everytime this happened to me..............

    I am going to try the DE. Why does it take that much longer though? I thought I would just shave like I do with a Gillette. As it is, I get up from bed about twenty minutes from when I have to leave so I hope the DE isn't going to take away some of my very valuable sleep time.
     
  7. skalogre

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    If I had a nickel everytime this happened to me.............. I am going to try the DE. Why does it take that much longer though? I thought I would just shave like I do with a Gillette. As it is, I get up from bed about twenty minutes from when I have to leave so I hope the DE isn't going to take away some of my very valuable sleep time.
    It will not after you get used to it. I can shave in 15 minutes, comprehensively without rushing. Just remember, short strokes. I should also add that I only started in February using a DE. And I have to work around facial hair which complicates things for me.
     
  8. odoreater

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    If I had a nickel everytime this happened to me..............

    I am going to try the DE. Why does it take that much longer though? I thought I would just shave like I do with a Gillette. As it is, I get up from bed about twenty minutes from when I have to leave so I hope the DE isn't going to take away some of my very valuable sleep time.


    I don't know if this is just me but, it takes me ALOT longer with the DE because I have to go all slow and be careful. With the Mach III I shave in the shower and it takes me about 5 minutes because I do long strokes from the top of my cheek to the bottom of my neck. With the DE I have to go much slower to make sure I don't gash my face open and I have to take shorter strokes. With the DE it takes me at least 20 minutes compared to 5 minutes with the Mach 3.
     
  9. edmorel

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    How's the DE at the chin? Are gashes common? How about under the nose?
     
  10. skalogre

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    How's the DE at the chin? Are gashes common? How about under the nose?
    I have never gashed myself. I should mention that last week I shaved my goatee off for the first time in months. My hair was so coarse that even the Feather blades would stumble *ouch* I ended up with some nicks becuase my hair there grows in every conceivable direction. Under the nose is easy. Just go upwards gently (for me that is against the grain). P.s. I have sort of worked out a method of shaving depending on when I need to shave. The shaves are closer with a DE so I either shave before I go to bed or in the mornings. My morning shaves are usually faster and I use Proraso (Green) that has a cooling effect and that wakes me up quite effectively. If I do it at night, I use one of the floral creams, like Trumper's Violet. Incredibly relaxing and I just take my time enjoying the shave (yes that is possible! [​IMG] ). I did use Trumper's Rose this morning though, felt like smelling something nice during the procedure. Oh, and using a "Moss Scuttle" has helped cut down on my shaving time as it keeps the lather warm (or even hot) the whole time, thus making it easier to shave.
     
  11. Matt

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    lasts longer cos it cuts closer Ed.

    Personally I have a few places where I am prone to nick myself (very much a beginner at this).

    I tend to cut just to the right of my mouth, on my chin on the left hand side sorta half way around toward my ear, one spot on my neck as well.

    I switch back to M3 for a day if I over-nick myself so I dont keep opening the cuts by shaving off the scab.
     

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