For those who are achieving BBS, do you mind sharing how you do it, the tools you use and any consequences?
I am able to achieve a good BBS but with consequences. I'm trying to figure out if this is just the nature of the beast, if my form needs further refinement or if different tools would help. The consequences I'm talking about is little weepers and minor neck irritation. Above the jawline handles it all pretty well. Also, because of the minor cuts, if I sweat during the day (like play soccer, etc), my neck stings.
I'm using a Merkur HD. I'm currently comparing Derbies and Feathers. I get a BBS with both, but the Feathers seem to work a little better. My face dries out by the time I get to shaving after the shower, so I put a hot towel on for about a minute. Perhaps I need better prep, but currently this is about all I do. I'm using Trumper Violet soap and doing a 4 pass shave.
2. Gillette slide from nose/chin/neck to ear. Several strokes. That's just the direction of the strokes.
3. Gillette slide from ear to nose/chin/neck.
4. Very light S-N with a little blade buffing in the rough spots. I do notice a bit of grabbing and pulling in spots on this pass. The blades are new, so I don't think it's a dullness issue, but I could be wrong.
Generally speaking, I'm loving the BBS and would hate to give it up for the sake of the irritation, but I'm not sure if the constant irritation is worth it. I'm curious if...
1. Everyone achieving a BBS has some irritation that goes along with it.
2. People use a more agressive razor and don't go S-N.
3. People use a more agressive razor and still go S-N.
4. Better prep/beard softening
5. Something else?