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    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011
    Shave after shower. The beard is softer, and I'm more awake.
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011
  1.  (9849.143)
    I've always been a shave after shower guy. Most annoying part is waiting for the mirror to unfog so I can shave.

    Shaving gel or foam?

    I've used both, I tend to be a old school Barbasol foam guy. Shave gel if I'm shaving my head bald.
  2.  (9849.144)
    Order depends:
    Shower first, shave second = If you're having a warm/hot shower. The warm water will open your pores, softens the hair, and reduces friction.
    Shave first, shower second = Only during the warmest days of summer. On really warm days your pores are already open and having a really cold shower is sometimes needed. Shaving after a cold shower causes way too much irritation.

    Side note: I go against the grain when I shave. What about the rest of you?
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011
    Shower, shampoo beard, shave.

    Barbasol, with aloe.

    Against the grain. I get fewer cuts that way, oddly.
  3.  (9849.146)
    I know what I want for Christmas...
    Classic Shaving Set

    The Art of Shaving Horn Shaving Set is sleekly contemporary, ergonomically designed to convey style and individuality. Masterfully crafted from authentic horn, hand selected for its unique pattern and rich tones of color, the razor and brush handles are perfectly balanced for optimum performance. Razor can be used with MACH3® blades by Gillette®

    Granted, it's fucking expensive at $450, but damn do I want it anyway.

    Not to mention, I really want one of these too...

    Antique Shaving Stand

    because I think the daily ritual should be as classy as possible.
  4.  (9849.147)
    I don't have a shower so I shave in the bath. I use a bowl in the bath to rinse the razor otherwise when I get out of the bath I look more hirsute than normal.

    And itchy.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011
    Once I learned how to man up and shave with a razor, shaving in the shower made so much sense. Plus, it's the best place to shave the dome!
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011 edited
    @ Paul Sizer: Absolutely. If I ever go back to clumsily removing facial growths with a potentially lethal piece of metal, it'll be in the shower again. Makes everything so much easier. Even had a mirror which didn't steam-up to do the job with.

    When you say "razor", are you referring to straight/cut-throat razor? Does anyone have any experience of how these compare to modern, bazillion-bladed, moisturising, vibrating incarnations?
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011
    Being not a complete man, I am referring to a triple blade Gillette razor. I had a straight razor shave the day of my wedding, from an old school barber, and it was awesome. And it kept me smooth for days!
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011 edited
    I use a single-bladed, two-edged safety razor (with "Wilkinson sword" blades). I find the blades are heavier (they're more like razor blades than like strips of thin foil) and last longer (weeks) than disposable multi-blade things; and that the experience is more akin to cutting or shaving off the stubble than to scraping it off. I shave with soap; after a shower.

    For a description of how to use a safety razor, see for example How To Shave Like Your Grandpa. That site also has Shave Like Your Great Grandpa, about using a straight razor (which I've never tried), instead of a safety razor.
  5.  (9849.152)
    If we're getting into shaving instead of beardiness: Straight razor user here. Sandalwood shaving soap from Crabtree & Evelyn. Cycle through one of three antique razors (I have a fourth that I'm restoring, but I haven't had the time to try and get the corrosion off lately).

    Came to straight razor from electric and I will never ever go back to electric. I would always get ingrown hairs a week or so after an electric shave, but I don't get them at all with the straight. I still haven't mastered it, though. There are a couple of spots on my face that basically impossible for me to get completely smooth (just under the jaw on the right side, and right where the beard starts at the midpoint of my throat being the big ones) because I have a funky facial hair growth pattern (the grain goes down on the left side, to the right on my throat, and up on the right side).
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011
    Dude No.1 Beard Oil

    I have no idea what this is for. But I enjoy the fact that it exists.
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011
    [Dear fuck. I can feel my beard's contempt for me sitting through the Eurovision voting]

    @ Sizer: Only ever found one barber who was willing to give a "proper, old fashioned shave" so had to experience it. Unfortunately, they used the type of (so-called) cut-throat which you have to split in half one of those double-edged razor blades I think Fan was referring to and slide it into a slot. Not the best shave I've ever had; they used canned foam and didn't even offer any of the post-shave hot towels malarky. There's a place in Manchester city centre which offers all kinds of male grooming but, last time I looked (years ago), their "traditional shave" cost the best part of 25 British quids (about 40 bucks, US), so they can go take a running jump.

    I'm occasionally tempted to buy one and try to do it myself but, with my attention span, it'd only end in tears. Being washed away by arterial spray.

    One day, though, it will happen.
  6.  (9849.155)
    After shower because my whiskers cause the blade to shatter into a million pieces otherwise.

    Nothing but hot water and one of those multi bladed deals that I can't remember the name of since I buy them in bulk and never need to remember until I go to the store.
  7.  (9849.156)
    shave head in shower, after a few minutes of hot steam the hairs all stand up ready to be cut down, MACH three Gillette only, cheap blades equal arterial spray -if I've waited more than a week I use one of those mesh strainers in the drain things to avoid clogging the pipes.
  8.  (9849.157)
    Back when I lived in Chicago, I stumbled upon a neighborhood barber shop on Milwaukee Ave a little south of Logan Square. I walked into this very old fashioned barber shop, Sinatra was on the record player, and this little old Italian guy told me to have a seat. He charged about $8 a haircut. Then he told me, while I wait, to have a free glass of homemade wine. Bad. Ass. Then I got a great haircut, and a surprise straight razor shave. I didn't know what was coming until that blade was on my neck. Still, the best (and cheapest) haircut I've had in years. I've never found a place quite like it ever since I left Chicago.
  9.  (9849.158)
    Oda: Thank you kindly.

    I shave before showering, because even though it's ass-backwards, I prefer to be totally fucking clean when I'm outta the shower. I don't want any lingering hairs, etc. I used to shave my body from groin-to-gullet, including my half-sleeve. I stopped once I got a different lover/partner and I realised I was going through too many damn razors. I shave with and against the grain. I prefer a totally clean skin, no stubble whatsoever. Not quite OCD about it, but could be if I let it run rampant in my head.
  10.  (9849.159)
    As someone whose beard growth stems from that of the Native Scandinavian population, I Cannot Have A Proper Beard. Therefore I will instead point out this:

    @icelandbob: You need to start wrestling bears, stat.

    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2011
    Digressing further along the barber tangent: How many of you have reached the age when they think they need to offer to trim your eyebrows and (ick ick ick) ear-hair?

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