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    • CommentAuthorOda
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2011
    @Davies0010: But ginger beards are wonderful! You can even buy one online: Saucy Ginger Beard
    • CommentAuthorTimbo
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2011 edited
    Thought someone would have posted the pics of obligatory silly facial hair when shaving off a beard.

    You know where you shave it off incrementally just to see what you would look like with a handle bar, a viva Zapata or a Van Dyke.

    I thought I had a Hitler tache pic but my wife must have deleted it
    • CommentAuthorTimbo
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2011
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2011
    @ TImbo: go back to page 7 (I think), the awesome BrianKellett posted exactly what you're talking about.
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    Timbo -- Here's a link to what you were looking for: Clicky
    • CommentAuthorTimbo
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2011
    @ The Mighty & Warped Savant - Thanks.

    How did I miss that! That is a perfect exposition of incremental debearding.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2011
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2011
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2011
    I haven't even looked at this thread since Hey Apathy's telephasing nipples, but I'll be goddamned if this isn't the most fascinating thread I've read in a while. And not just for the potential of hairy-manly shirtless pics.

    I'm half-tempted to print it out for the fella. His shaving procedure involves a cheap-o electric shaver and not much else. Never quite turns out even. He is pretty hemophobic, and is even a little afraid of cutting himself w/ the electric razor.

    If you guys got some suggestions, cool. If not, I'll just sit back and keep watching this wonderful fetishization of beardliness.
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    Blood builds character. It also provides vital nourishment for encouraging the growth of beardstuffs. It's like miracle-gro.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2011
    I find that when I gently go over the target area multiple times with a razor, rather than trying to get it all in one good swipe, I get far less bleeding and irritation. Rinsing with cold water also helps immensely.

    But what lampcommander said is true.
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    My advice?
    Use a straight. I know I sound like an evangelist for it, but it really makes the difference.
    Even if you don't:
    Learn your face. The bristles go different directions, so you have to make sure you are going in the right direction. The neck, around the Adam's apple can be real problem for a lot of blokes as the bristles there tend to go in swirls,. All sorts of ways.
    Make sure your face is warm before you start. If you shave after a bathh or shower the steam will make the shave easier.
    Rinse with cold water, and get an erasmic stick in case you do cut youself.
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    Straights are awesome, I agree--but there is a sharp learning curve, it takes a long time if you want to do it properly (until you're really practiced), and the possibility of cutting yourself is off the charts (again, until you're practiced). Conversely, it's really hard (for me at least) to cut yourself on those four-blade things, but there's a higher chance of irritation afterward.

    Since I only shave once a week, I don't mind the extra time a straight razor requires. I would recommend, however, that you start with a single-blade safety razor, whose learning curve is steep but not as much as a straight. They're fairly cheap and you can use that to figure out how meticulous you want to be about your shaving.

    Pamper your face! It feels good. It's the male version of one of those cucumber-eye face mask things.
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    Yeah. I think the thing with a straight is getting over the nerves of holding an exposed blade to your neck. I found the opposite when I started. I was too cautious and left patches unshaved, rather than cutting myself to ribbons. You do need to make time to shave with one properly, but that isn't a bad thing in this day and age.

    What straight do you use?
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2011
    Incidentally, every male person on this planet deserves to get a shave at a barbershop sometime in their lives. The kind with all the different towels and bells & whistles. Pampering to the max.
    • CommentAuthorJim Moore
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2011
    I'm with taphead...I think this is the equivalent that the spa is to my wife. Though I'm not sure that there are many old fashioned places left, having an old time barbershop give you the treatment is absolute heaven.
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    @Steve: I don't currently own one, but I've had the opportunity to use friends' or my father's from time to time. I have a Merkur safety razor of my own, and I have been thinking of getting my own straight for a while. Maybe it's time to make the jump... I don't need that new phone...
    • CommentAuthorTimbo
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2011
    @taphead I agree that a cut throat razor shave in a barbers is truly amazing.

    Oddly, Glasgow is full of barbers that will give you hot towel straight razor shave.

    For more work a day shaves I would recommend against ever using any fully disposable razor - you are guaranteed to tear your face off.

    I have never been keen on leccy razors but maybe the futurologists amongst you have a snappy recommendation.

    I need something to control a budding beard as mine needs continual management.
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2011
    I'll just leave this here...
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    Cost wise I look at it like this. A pack of eight Mach 3 blades costs £11.99. For the price of ten packs you can get a Dovo
    or thiers-issard
    Either of which will last you a lifetime. Beyond the investment you aren't then throwing high quality steel blades in plastic cases into land fill. Help the environment, have a high quality shave, own a piece of cool grooming kit.

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