View Full Version : How long should a shave take?
12-30-2008, 03:09 PM
The shave itself, excluding any preparations, preferences, rituals.
Granting variances in beard strength, skin type, etc, is there a rough
More specifically, is there a time limit beyond which one should consider
12-30-2008, 03:16 PM
Short answer: The shave should take as long as it's pleasant. If you've shaved long enough (i.e. up to six months) you can reduce it to 5-10 minutes if you wanted to.
But my average time for a full comforting BBS shave is 20 minutes. Straights take little loker (stropping before and after etc.)
Do take as long as you like.
Don't be disconcerted if it takes a little longer (don't be ruled by the clock if you can - alarm clocks are adjustable for a reason!)
12-30-2008, 03:17 PM
I would think as long as it takes to get an acceptable shave. Most days I do three passes in maybe twenty minutes. Other days I get by with two and even the odd four pass day. So maybe 30 minutes would be on the longer end of the shave. If longer than that I would have to rethink the technique.
12-30-2008, 03:20 PM
Starting out, it can take as long as 45min, all inclusive.
In short order with a little bit of experience, the time will decrease to 20~25min or less. Some guys shave in 10~15min.
This includes pre shave prep, building lather, 2~4 passes plus Touch&Cut (T&C), post shave ablutions, clean up and washing out brush, putting everything away, etc.
-- John Gehman
12-30-2008, 04:14 PM
Takes me anywhere from 10 minutes to maybe 45 or more, using a straight razor. Depends on how much I want to enjoy the shave that day.
12-30-2008, 04:16 PM
As long as it takes. I usually shave, not prep, shave for about 10 minutes.
12-30-2008, 04:17 PM
I take between 15-30 minutes depending on time/mood.
12-30-2008, 05:32 PM
Just the shave, without prep and cleanup? Probably about 10 minutes.
12-30-2008, 06:20 PM
About 15-20 mins on weekday.. 30 on Saturday or Sunday.. Electric was about 5 mins of shave time and 1/2 day of razor burn..Wetshaving is well worth the extra time.
12-30-2008, 06:23 PM
Id say 15-20 generally.
If I'm feeling particularly hassled at home tho , ill slope off to the bathroom and have a nice long shower and take my time.. so anything from 25-40 mins all in.
12-30-2008, 06:57 PM
have done it in as little as 8...normally 15-20
12-30-2008, 07:57 PM
Takes me on average about 20 minutes but I don't rush because I enjoy the experience!
12-30-2008, 09:56 PM
I can enjoy it in about 10 minutes or so! :)
I just get out of the shower, dry off my body and hair a little bit..the sink is already full of hot water and the brush is soaked. then i take the brush and swirl the cream and directly onto my face. So yeah, about 10 mins tops, sometimes around 5 mins. Sometimes when I rush it yields good results somehow!
12-30-2008, 10:46 PM
I would say 10-15 mins, depending on how many passes, and whether or not you are in a hurry. Add about another 10 mins for your prep, and cleanup.
12-31-2008, 12:39 AM
It depends on what kind of a shave you're going for. I can get a perfectly acceptable shave in three passes, about 15-20 minutes including prep/clean-up. However, if I want to take my time and really enjoy a BBS shave, I'll spend anywhere from 30-45 minutes, 5-6 passes w/ touch ups. I guess I spend a bit more time making lather (due to hard water) and cleaning up (I remove the blade and clean the razor after each use) than most people.
12-31-2008, 03:54 AM
12-31-2008, 04:03 AM
Taking my time over a shave is a real pleasure, so some days I will take 15-20 minutes. On a work day I have managed to get this down to about 5 minutes. No BBS, but at least the feeling of the brush and the smell of the soap.
Still slower than my old ways with the Mach 3 and goo, but no in-grown hairs anymore and more satisfaction. :001_smile
12-31-2008, 06:16 AM
Willi is my hero.
12-31-2008, 11:59 AM
Well I timed from Start to Finish, *including clean up*, 20 minuets with a 3.5 pass shave *last 1/2 pass was touch up*.. I can push it to 30 minuets but today was a fast shave with bbs results...
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