Next time I shaved, the results were much better. Not too bad. After a couple shaves, I got a little bit of shaving swag and decided to try the double-edge razor on my head. Bad mistake. I was nowhere near comfortable enough with it and it was a painful lesson. I gashed my ear pretty good and didn't have any styptic at the time. Ears can bleed like mad if you don't have a way to stop the bleeding! There were a number of other nicks on my head too - not fun. Proficiency with a safety razor takes a bit of time. It's like re-learning to shave. It's all part of the process I suppose. Don't be discouraged if your results aren't great at first. It takes practice, but to me it was well worth it.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Getting started wetshaving - the early days and a painful lesson
I received a safety razor as a gift for Christmas a couple years ago. Woot. I was finally making the switch from cartridge razors to double-edge. I was excited and a bit nervous. I do have sensitive skin and I shave everyday for work. So, naturally, I was a little bit scared about how shaving with the double-edge razor would go. The safety razor came with a five-pack of double-edge blades. They were decent quality, but not the best. I figured it would be best to do a trial run of the wetshave using a double-edge razor on a day I wasn't scheduled to work. So I chose to do the unthinkable and shave while on vacation. I usually sport a vacation beard whenever possible, so this was a big departure from the norm. Anyhow, I began my wetshave routine and then it hit me that I really didn't know how to use the safety razor. I stopped, read a little about it online, and decided to give it a go. I was disappointed with my initial results. I wasn't placing the razor properly onto my skin, so I gave myself some nicks. I also used way too much force with the razor, rather than letting the weight of the razor do the work. Unhappy with the results, I regrouped and read a bit more online.