The 4 Part Razor Buying Guide: What to Use For Your Skin.
Stay Neat and Stay Trim With A Good Razor.
Shaving is important in the modern day as it ever was. Men and women both shave. People shave to look neat and good in front of others. Here are some ways to look start incorporating shaving into your daily regimen and to look as good as possible. Even with a scruffy beard you’re going to want to look maintained with it. Don’t just go out looking scraggly and unshaven. People won’t take you seriously if you do that. Like all things in life it will take practice to get what you want and decide your own style. Don’t be afraid to experiment when you start out. Below are 5 steps to help you get the razor you need.
1. Cartridge Razors.
Cartridge Razors are what people generally think of when they think of buying razor blades. These are the common brands like Gillette that you see and they have a handle with cartridge you replace with many blades, usually 3 or 4. They are advertised to shave by having each level shave a piece of your hair off.
I find these to be highly problematic. They are very costly as cartridge replacements can be 3-4 dollars a pop which adds up when you are using them as you can’t sharpen them or anything else. They are also very irritating on the skin and tend to pluck the hair which leads to inflammation or other issues. If you feel they are right for you, go ahead and use them. I recommend these the least myself. Here are some different types of razors and cartridges you can check out.
2. Electric Razors.
Ah yes electric razors. I used to use these for quite a while and then I stopped. These are electric (of course) and are battery operated either by rechargeable or replaceable. Additionally you can plug them in. They work by rotating very quickly and shaving you while supposedly cutting you less. additionally you don’t need to replace blades on these and many are quick and easy to use for travel.
I don’t recommend these either. They are noisy and still can be pricey. The higher end models like Braun, they can push up to $300 (they are also usable in water). They are rough on the skin and often pull it which can irritate the skin and lead to ingrown hairs, hyperpigmentation, and worse. For black people (like myself) shaving is a very delicate process. It’s very easy to get ingrown curly hairs and pigmentation. This is why you see so many black people with dark spots on their neck. I’d say pass up on these as well. Nonetheless some people (particularly those with straight hair) won’t mind as much. I’d say Braun is the highest quality as it is powerful, waterproof, and has a charging and self-cleaning station if you’re interested.
3. Double Edge or Safety Razors.
I like safety blades or double edge razors the most. Double edge blades are very effective and cut very well. Blades are cheap, about $10-$13 for 100 blades and can be used multiple times. They are also very good for cutting without nicking, pulling,and causing other issues.
You still want to be careful with your technique because you can cut yourself, but it doesn’t happen as much as it would with a straight blade. You can get sharper blades like the Feather models which can cut you easier. I prefer Astra as they cut well and are less likely to nick you while being the cheapest. These are my recommended choices and what I think men and women should get.
4. Straight Edge Blade.
A straight edge blade is something of an enigma nowadays. Many haven’t even seen a single edge blade in real use before. You might have seen them on old cartoons or movies where the guy would whip out something like a knife and shave with it. These are very powerful and can cut even close than the double edge (it’s not a huge difference, but it’s there) and they have a classic look. You can get some with some nice handles that can cost a good bit of money.
The downsides with them is you need to maintain them by stropping them. You have to keep them sharp by using a leather piece of hide. You also need to spend more up front than you would with a double edge. The last downside is that you need to be very careful with it as you can hurt yourself seriously bad. There are no safety pieces on this blade. This is generally only used by hobbyists who just like the satisfaction of using one. They are neat to show off with though. Here are some great straight edge blades!
Hopefully these shaving tips help you get the tools you need. Now you only need to apply what you’ve learned! Get out there and get to it!
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