Hello all! Newbie checking in here.
Just starting out. I have used an electric shaver all my life (it's what I was given by the parents when the whiskers started showing themselves). I had tried over the years a few times with a cartridge razor and can of goo, but hated the experience, the nicks, and the major irritation. So, stuck with electric.
I came across an article only a couple weeks ago on wetshaving (forget where I read it) which lead me to find matics videos and utlimately to B&B.
Been reading a lot of the posts on here and finding answers/suggestions.
There's an AOS in the shopping mall down the street, so I got their little starter/trial kit that has a small badger brush, pre oil, shave balm and their shaving cream (lemon oil smells really nice) and decided to give it a try.
Now, I must admit, I'm starting off using a cartridge razor (fusion) and concentrating on getting my whole prep, lather and post routine down first. Ultimately I would like to experience/learn how to use a DE, but I figure I would get everything else down pat first... learn to walk before running.
Just proper prep, and using a good shave cream that I'm lathering myself (I lather in a bowl), and paying attention to the direction of hair growth (yes, I've already done a face map and marked the direction of hair growth) has made a significant difference in how comfortable a cartridge shave is compared to what I experienced before.
I have a lot more research to do on here before I decide on what DE razor is right for me to attempt to start off with. My hair is very thick, but I'm concerned starting off with something too agressive and running into 'problems' would turn me off of the experience. I would rather start off with something forgiving while I work on technique.