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Shaving tips/keeping a fusion sharp

slaxer

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I've almost convinced myself to make the jump to straight blades as of late I have had more and more trouble with my fusion. No matter how I shave, or what I do I only get a close shave the first couple (two at most) days. Then the quality of the shave drops off rapidly. At about the 5 day mark I need to replace the blade as it will leave short hairs and will burn me before getting the wiskers off of my face if I continue to go over the same spots in an effort to get all the hair.

I do try and keep my razors dry and out of the bathroom unless shaving in an attempt to seperate them from as much moisture as possible.

Before I make the switch to straights, do any of you guys have some advice on getting a good shave with a fusion style razor and/or keeping these blades sharp, I feel that keeping them sharp is the biggest issue I am having as the first couple shaves are great.

Thanks in advance
 

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soak the blades in rubbing alcohol when not in use, itll ruin that colour stripe thingy but the blades will stay sharper longer.
 

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It's a big jump from Fusion to straight blades in one move. Do you already use a badger brush and shaving cream/soap + good preparation? I would suggest having a look at DE shaving before making any decisions. I learnt in one of the wet shaving forums, there are also many videos that are very educational.

About the fusion, I used to use it but don't think there is a way to vastly improve the situation. It's 3-4 shaves max and then you have to change blade or suffer the consequences
 

East2West

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Originally Posted by jarude
soak the blades in rubbing alcohol when not in use, itll ruin that colour stripe thingy but the blades will stay sharper longer.
This is what I was going to stay. The oil helps slow down oxidation which is what dulls the blades.
 

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All blades last no more than 7 shaves so change blades every week or so. Getting a close shave with a straight razor requires you to effectively lather your face with a badger brush for a good 2-3 minutes. Prepping your face is the key to a close shave
 

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I've tried several different brands of razors and have found that most are ok for about 5 days. After that I just use a different razor.

Good thing the work week is only 5 days
 

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For pre-shave prep, I am a BIG FAN of Twinluxe's booster serum . Try applying this before you spread on the shaving cream. It gives you a closer shave while also protecting/nourishing your skin.

Or, try the AofS pre-shave oil. I don't think it works as great as the TL booster serum, but it helps with the lube to give you a closer shave.

Closer shave = shave less = save on Fusion blades
 

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Sorry to hijack the OPs thread, but I have a question while were on the subject... I use the Fusion ProGlide Power and I get a close enough shave everywhere except where my stash grows. The only way for me to get a clean shave there is by going against the grain and that really irritates my upper lip and i get little white bubble like things and whatnot so I don't really want to shave against. When I shave the area the same way I shave the rest of my face, I am left with stubble that looks a shadow there. It sucks. Am I doing something wrong here?
 

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warm water or warm towel on face or immediately after hot shower, lather, shave downwards, rinse, lather, shave sideways, rinse, lather, shave against the grain (upwards), rinse, wash face, dry face, moisturize

don't shave against the grain first or you'll get ingrown hairs
 

Lokesh

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Originally Posted by indesertum
warm water or warm towel on face or immediately after hot shower, lather, shave downwards, rinse, lather, shave sideways, rinse, lather, shave against the grain (upwards), rinse, wash face, dry face, moisturize

don't shave against the grain first or you'll get ingrown hairs


I do shave immediately after my hot shower while the room is still steamy even... And I did shave with the grain initially and then against. The immediate effect is great. It feels very smooth and no bumps or anything. And as soon as I'm done shaving I dry my face and use Jergens shea butter lol. But when the hair starts growing, then it starts being weird and I get a few tiny bumps etc... How good would an electric be for a clean shave?
 

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Have you taken a close look at the direction in which the problem areas are growing? Some areas may end up with a worse shave because they're growing at a different angle than the rest.

Also, if irritation is a problem, make sure to try the pass across the grain as your second pass, instead of/before one against the grain. If you skip it you're asking for irritation.
 

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Originally Posted by pruppert
Also, if irritation is a problem, make sure to try the pass across the grain as your second pass, instead of/before one against the grain. If you skip it you're asking for irritation.

This is a great tip. A second pass across the grain is much less irritating and nearly as close as back against the grain.
 

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