I have been DE shaving off and on for a year, and for the last 2 months solid, about every 1 to 2 days. I get an ingrown hair or two per week, some minor and some horrible ones. I have a beard like steel wool and have been experimenting with blades to see if any of them are sharp enough to give a good shave without having any ingrown hairs show up.
I was using Derby blades which were pretty forgiving but didn't cut well and made it impossible to go ATG. Next I tried an Astra which was great although there was still some resistance to cut the really thick areas of my beard. Most recently I tried a super iridium, which I thought were supposed to be very sharp and last a while. I used the same blade for two shaves and the first shave was OK but the second shave was horrible for some reason. Lots of pulling and tugging during the shave, and 3 ingrown hairs a few days later :(
Anybody else had bad experiences with the iridium blades? Maybe I happened to get a bad blade? Even the Derby's were still good on shave #2. Maybe I'll try one more fresh iridium before I decide to move on, but I have graduations and a dance to go to this weekend so I need to be looking swell and the ingrowns don't help.
EDIT: Whoops, I meant to post this in the shave clinic but was in the wrong tab when I hit "post".