I'm new to the site as well as "everything" here it seems. I've read through the FAQ and stickies a little bit, but it feels overwhelming.
I'm a college student who is getting tired of the same shaving routine. I shave every other day. I am biracial and struggle with ingrown hairs on my neck.
On my cheeks and face I use a regular (I believe it's called) cartridge razor with 4 blades, but I have tried a one blade disposable razor on several occasions.
I occasionally get ingrown hairs on my cheeks when using a razor, however, whenever I use a razor on my neck, nearly all the hairs cut develop into ingrown hairs. I tried a one blade disposable razor on my neck the first time shaving found it to be extremely painful when the hairs grew back. I swore I would never do that again and turned to using a trimmer on my neck to cut the hairs above the skin line.
I use a scrubbing pad prior to shaving/trimming in an attempt to release any ingrowing hairs. This works well and it cuts close enough that I only get a few ingrown hairs each time. After scrubbing, I dry trim my neck. Following that I apply shaving gel to my face (and neck even though I'm not shaving it). This method has been working for me, but it's becoming annoying.
I used Gillette's sensitive shaving cream and as of a month ago I switched to Bump Control Smooth Shave Gel. I have also used Magic Shave and find it to take just as long as using a trimmer on my neck.
I'm biracial and my facial hair has African American qualities, so please keep that in mind when replying.
What am I doing wrong? What exactly is double-edge shaving and can it help me reduce ingrown hairs on my neck? I thought I read that a Safety Blade with 1 blade helps. What products should I be looking for and where can I find them? What subforum should I gravitate towards to find more technical responses if not here?
Thanks in advance,