Posting my learnings...
Only 2 shaves in, but what an incredible difference. You think you know something, man, how wrong you can be.
Shaved the first time on Saturday, Gillette 7O'clock in an EJ89, using Proraso (CO Bigelow). WTG/ XTG on face, and what I thought was WTG on neck...first of my learning. Face lathered all areas including neck.
My skin is rather dry at the best of times, and moving slowly through the shave, by the time I got to my neck, my lather was far too dry (upon reflection of course...).
Results Day 1: BBS face (holy $h!t- I didn't know you could get it feeling that smooth, for that long! Lasted almost the entire day, stubble started showing up about 10 hours later, would have been 4-5 hours with the carts). Neck- bleeding everywhere. Bleeding. Not weeping. The fire and brimstone burning my entire neck was grisly. Not a bad shave, but blood and fire pretty much took away any gratification in a job 'well done'.
So, back to the basics. Reread others posts, watched videos, read more. Realize that the top half of my neck (under chin) to about half way down grows N-S, with the bottom half basically opposite (with some exceptions...). I was actually shaving my lower half ATG right out of the gates. Brutal.
Lather- went back to the bowl. Almond size squirt of Proraso (Bigelow) in a wide bowl. Extra water. Mixed the lather for about 3 minutes- the lather was EXPLODING, something that didn't happen when I face lathered (was far too dry), and could hold the bush standing up. I also only lathered my face and top of my neck, shaved WTG, relathered, shaved XTG, relathered areas for touch up, repeat XTG.
Lower neck was done S-N (WTG) after fresh lather. Little pressure. Added fresh later- XTG. Relathered- and with no pressure (I put the razor on, and let it's weight pull down) did ATG.
Result Day 2- BBS face. Neck- maybe 10 tiny weepers. No fire/ aggravation. A fair bit better than SAS, nothing to write home about, though without the pain and blood, a HUGE improvement.
Other changes to note- I soaked my Tweezerman brush in very hot water (15 min), vinegar (15 min), very hot water (15 min), then let it sit in Proraso lather for 7 hours. I also used some Witch Hazel gel prior to the Nivea (sensitive).
Just my ramblings, and hope that this adds value. Will keep working on the neck area- can't have pain like that again! Bush is sitting in the residual lather until tomorrow morning (enough for 2 more full shaves easily!) to help remove more "boar" essence.
Last edited by sylynce; 05-06-2012 at 08:01 PM.
I am hoping to acquire anything sandalwood, all help and information most welcome!