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04 August 2008 @ 10:32 am
BB: Razor recommendations, please?  
I hereby present a request for recommendations from the LJ public at large. This request is directed at anyone who is a male human being who shaves his face or anyone intimately acquainted with a face-shaving male human being who can pass along advice from said sapient denuded primate.

I need a good electric shaving device for my face. My beard at its longest is roughly the same in thickness, texture and consistency of your average Arizona barrel cactus covering. Tough, wiry, and prickly as a nun in Hell. I need a razor that can actually cut stubble and leaves my face feeling and looking relatively smooth. I warn you that I have Flintstone/Simpson Beard Growth behavior, which is to say that a regular shaving will leave me looking like I have 5 o'clock shadow by 9 AM, if you get my drift.

Blind Zen Archerbzarcher on August 4th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
I get good results from a Norelco CR55+ electric. It's basic, but it's also been very reliable.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 4th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
How tough is your beard, would you say? Are you likely to rub your own skin raw by brushing against your own stubble, call it two days' growth?
Blind Zen Archerbzarcher on August 4th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
middlin' but very coarse.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 4th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'll take a look at it, then.
Gramalkingramalkin on August 4th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
While I can't recommend an electric razor, I just wanted to comment that I just converted to shaving brush and double edged safety razor for my shaving needs just this weekend.

I have tried it twice now, and while the shave is not that close yet I understand that I am having to learn a new skill. I haven't sliced my face off either, but that second shave did draw some pin pricks of blood. I'm giving it a week to let my skin adjust and to give me time to learn how to properly wield the razor before I seriously look at if I'm getting a closer shave now.

I will say that I have enjoyed the ritual of making the lather, brushing it on, and then waiting a bit for it to work its magic on the beard. Even the sound of the metal razor is distinctly different from what I'm used to with my disposable Gillette.

Makes me feel muy macho! *flexes and thrusts out his chest and puffs up*
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 4th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
You've described much of what I hate about shaving, right there. The time invested in the ritual, the effort behind it. For me, shaving does not evoke any feeling other than, "Gods, aren't I done yet?"

If I had the money, I'd have my beard lasered off permanently. Lacking that, I'd prefer something that is quick and effective.
Pete: Free Marketgreendalek on August 4th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Can't speak for an electric (they all seem to dislike the shape of my face), but I did once willingly endorse a specific brand-name...
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 4th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I'd prefer something that doesn't require me to spend time wetting my face or using lather or gel or beard lube of some type, but it's something to consider. Thanks.
Sorciasorcia on August 5th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
You could always look into facial electrolysis...
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Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 5th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
I didn't bother looking into it because I knew it was going to be outrageously expensive. I hadn't realized it would be as expensive as it is, either.
Sorciasorcia on August 5th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
They do have home electrolysis kits for $100. Also, he could try Nair on his face *chuckles*
Steve McKnellydenali1 on August 5th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
But would he tend to wear short shorts on his head afterwards?

(Sorry Trav, I couldn't resist!)
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on August 5th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
You say that like it's a bad thing.