I just started reading about wet shaving last week - looking to ditch the electric and occasional cartridge. I just ordered a Merkur Long Handle (23C), a sample pack of blades, and a variety of soaps and cream to test out from West Coast Shaving (and a brush from amazon, sorry, could bring myself to buy a $50+ brush just yet, but from what I've been reading, no doubt I will soon).
I anxiously await my purchases, and I'm thinking of growing the beard out until I get it.
I tend to get bumps and ingrown hairs frequently, do you recommend letting them heal before starting with a DE razor? They tend to heal after a few days of skipped shaving, for me.