Just finished my first Method Shave.
I feel bad, and Charles, if you're reading, I am sorry. I'm a paramedic up in a busy city outside of Boston, and in the middle of a busy day, I curtly emailed Enchante regarding my order of the starter kit. I promptly received an apologetic letter back and realizing my rudeness i too apologized. Then I got an email I never expected.
"Once you get started, please give me a call so that I can personally assist you."
After all that, I was floored by the man's eagerness to help. But, I bring it to you all first. It is the holidays and I'm sure he has a lot of orders to fill.
By the way, it was in the mailbox when I got home...
So excited to open the box, working on about 14hrs growth. I have been wetshaving for the last 2 months without much luck. Definitely better than my electric, and that was better than the fusion/fusion gel. Still quite a bit of irritation and a few ingrown hairs. Started with a kit off of amazon, have upgraded a little bit with some improvement. Now I'm working with:
Simpson Chubby 1 Superbadger brush,
C&E Nomad Soap and Aftershave.
I've tried with the grain, across the grain. Gave up on against the grain when I started getting terrible acne along my cheekbones. I'm trying to use as little pressure as possible, but still I'm getting redness, irritation and a few ingrown hairs.
Method shave kit includes: Shave cloth, #2 cutting balm, #2 paste and a French vegetable soap.
Started off very well. The cloth created a very thick, bouncy lather from the soap and few squirts of cutting balm. Add the paste right to the face and I had what looked like a very good mixture based off the shaving101.com video. First form and spread the mix, repeat first form, spread the mix. I did this about 3-4 times per "quadrant" (learning the terms). Even on the first form I could feel a little sting with the mix and/or shave.
Rinse, begin form 2. This went alright. Some slag from the soap. I've been practicing this form as my XTG before. Again, stretch the mix. 2 passes here.
3rd form. This was what worried me, but it was much easier than I thought. Again rinsed before, slag and added some cutting balm. The tough area was upper throat and chin, but all along the jawline, with a few small exceptions as well as the rest of my face and neck are cleaner than any attempt wetshaving.
I think I should aim to be more like Mantic59's style, slow and precise, rather than Charles' video of quick and aggressive. I think I went a little too fast too early. I was bleeding pretty badly afterwards, face reddened and blotchy around the jaw. When I put some of the C&E Aftershave on, might as well been tobasco. My face was on fire.
Its been about 10min now, the fire is gone. This was definitely the closest shave I've ever had, but I really need to work on my technique. Tomorrow night, slower is the key.
In the future, when I know that this is something I'll want to invest in, I'll look at the Activator and aftershave from Enchante, as well as any suggestions you gentlemen have.
I will try to keep this updated at least these first few days until I can get a good system down, any input you guys have is greatly appreciated.