I'm new - watch me bleed
I've been posting this on other forums, as well as my personal journal - but decided to stop lurking and start contributing (and hopefully get some personal advice). This initial post is a catch up so that you guys have all the info.
First post when I ordered the stuff.
I've never really had a "pleasant" shaving experience. I basically have to wait 4-5 days between shaves (which is longer than I should - I feel stubble the next day) because if I don't, I end up a bloody mess.
Also at this stage I can't shave anything but with the grain, otherwise there is a reasonable chance I'll end up a bloody mess. To be able to shave against and get that "nice" feeling, I need to wait 5-7 days - which is far too long.
Tried pretty much everything on offer at a supermarket - Fusion's, Fusion Powered, Mach3, Mach3 Turbo ultra phantom power (or whatever), Shick (OH GOD NO) - seem to get the best value for money out of the Mach 3 disposables.
Cream/Oil wise, I've use most things at the supermarkets, I find the King of Shaves Oil/Cream stuffs to be the best - but still not stellar.
So as a result I just snagged the following from Lees Razors;
(Snagged the DR Harris Arlington Shaving bowl soap and Red Personna blades)
(Apparently seals cuts well)
All for $262 aud delivered (god bless the woeful USD). We'll see how this goes, hopefully shaving isn't as annoying. Apparently you should stick with a regimen for a month before you go changing things whilst you're learning...
Most of the info on starting products was gleaned from this thread - What I have learned- If I was starting over what would I do differently?
First Shave... (Wednesday Afternoon)
Well I posted back there that I was buying a ton of kit and it showed up today. So naturally I gave it a whirl after work.
I suck at shaving. Ok maybe not suck, but my lower neck looks like I just started shaving again.
Reading all these guides about how to wet-shave with a Safety razor tells you that you can and will cut yourself if you're not careful - and that its almost downright impossible to cut yourself with a Cartridge razor.
They are right. To a degree. If you do all the pre-shave prep that you should, it is. I was dragging the DE Razor vacross my face at all kinds of inexperienced and probably flat out wrong angles - and despite how harsh it felt across my face, didn't slice me open.
A couple of points though.
Despite the poorness of my shave (i think there is a few patches on my cheeks that are about as good as I can get with a Mach 3 disposable - which i think superior over fusionpowerultraturboninjaphantoms or whatever you can buy now) the products that came with it REALLY feel nice.
* Building Lather from Soap is really only about 40-50 seconds longer than spraying it out of a can or applying gel to your face - and the difference is amazing. Its really nice.
* Block of Alum? Holy crap this thing is awesome. I walked out of the bathroom and despite some pretty nasty bleeds 60 seconds ago, I had none actively bleeding as I walked out. Has a mild stinging sensation as its applied to a cut, but its certainly not painful.
* Good quality Aftershave. Not the Home Alone Kid experience I was expecting. Despite my shave being really really poor, my skin on my face feels really nice. Even 40 minutes later, still slightly scented, but feels nice.
Overall, given that the quality of the products (outside of my razor operating abilities) and the instantaneous result i had from the first shave - not to mention that all the guides are very clear that it will take 2-3 weeks to really get comfortable with the blade - I'm certainly going to stick with it.
Second Shave (Friday morning)
So if Wednesday afternoon was a;
* 8/10 for lather
* 3/10 for shave
* 1/10 for time.
I think I just made a
* 6/10 for lather (not enough soap maybe?)
* 6/10 for shave
* 2/10 for time (about 30 minutes)
Key differences is here is that;
1. I wasn't being a hurried klutz holding the razor.
2. No shower before - hot towels to the face.
3. Managed to get a With the Grain everywhere, and across the grain on my neck and cheeks.
4. Didn't bleed lots. (hooray not soo many cuts).
5. Showered after. Applied some alum before I showered, got out and applied aftershave.
What I'd do differently next shave;
* Probably wet my face some more during the shave process (between relathers).
* Better Lather.
* try and get a little closer on my lower neck towards my adam's apple.
* Aftershave before the shower? Maybe.
If this was the "base-line" shave with a DE, I'd be happy with it. I'm about as close as I get with a Cartridge on my cheeks, and my neck is tidy (but not as close as I can get with a cartridge).