Reconsidering shaving with a straight
I've been shaving with a straight for a bit more than half a year now and it goes pretty well apart from an occasional nick (it still happens every now and then! like yesterday where I did a 3-pass shave and used a wrong angle on my chin). When I ask my girlfriend to feel the softness of my cheeks she likes it, but then she comments about the spots where I cut myself, which don't look very nice. I hate this! I also discussed straightshaving with some friends and they all think I'm mad spending so much time on shaving, and to be honest when I'm in timestress or need to work early I don't feel like shaving wet - a rushed shave will open my face for sure!
Sometimes I wonder why I'm shaving wet (apart from that it's fun babying my face), and I wonder if other straight shavers here are bothered with such thoughts too. Anyone? I still like wetshaving and get a smooth face with it, but to be really honest.. electrical shaving and even a Wilkinson cartridge blade (while having a hot shower) gives me a BBS face too. I don't believe I'm the only one getting a smooth BBS face with ANY shaving technique. So I guess it's more the hobby/coolness factor that keeps me into wetshaving as electrical/cartridge-blades don't REALLY make a difference here.
- do you occasionally think about why you shave with a straight, or did you even reconsider shaving with electrical/cartridge again? what were your conclusions?
- what draws you to wetshaving? is it because it shaves better (from experience), because there is a gentle risk attached to it, because straight blades are neat, or because of the coolness factor?
Last edited by BarberRonny; 02-16-2009 at 11:05 AM.
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