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# 16 : Thursday 15-12-2011 @ 21:14
 
 
Under no circumstances should you try using an old fashioned safety razor, no matter how cool they look. They take ages, are painful and leave your face looking shredded.
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# 17 : Thursday 15-12-2011 @ 21:29
 
 
Thanks for this, I think I'll copy paste it.


Someone said :

Gillette Fusion ProGlide (don't bother with the buzzing one).
The Real Shaving Co - Face Scrub - Shaving Cream - Soothing balm

As a younger lad shaving, if I didn't clean my face properly before shaving, I would get lots of irritating little spots.
Use the face scrub, rinse the face well.
Wet the face with hot water, apply a small amount of cream, leave for 2 mins, shave with the razor from a glass of cold water (not hot).
Splash with cold water and apply soothing balm afterwards.

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# 18 : Thursday 15-12-2011 @ 21:33
 
 
Also fairly important, make sure to rinse the razor well afterward. It's a lot easier to clean a razor straight away than to clean out hardened gel and hairy gunk at a later stage and will extend the useful lifespan of your new stupidly expensive razor.
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# 19 : Thursday 15-12-2011 @ 21:46
 
 
I've always hated wet shaves.
It used to leave me with red neck syndrome.
For years now I just use a head shaver on my face - one you get with a regular haircutting kit.
It's not a completely clean shave but I prefer it that way anyway.
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# 20 : Thursday 15-12-2011 @ 21:57
 
 
Okay okay... firstly the art of shaving is one of marketings greatest tricks... but I still love falling for it!

Definitely manual shaving over electric. EVERYTIME.

Gillette Mach 3... and basically all the shaving foams creams etc are as good as each other in my experience except for Motlon Brown's "Conditioning Olibanum Supershave"

http://www.moltonbrown.co.uk/store/mens-grooming/shaving-products etc ...

which is brizilliant. You'd need to be mental (or a rich and loving lesbian) to fork out 20 something euro on it though!

Also aftershave balm is important! None of that fragrance shit it just irritates skin that is of course extra sensitive after shaving.
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# 21 : Thursday 15-12-2011 @ 23:12
 
 
So the electric shavers are a no go?
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# 22 : Thursday 15-12-2011 @ 23:52
 
 
Electric shavers are o/k to a point,but using a razor makes a teen person feel more grown up,why,before you know it,you will be granny Callisto.
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# 23 : Thursday 15-12-2011 @ 23:56
 
 
Depends on the skin type, if its very sensitive or you have lots of spots then an electric one would be more suitable as they don't shave as close to the skin.
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# 24 : Friday 16-12-2011 @ 00:44
 
 
Someone said :
Electric shavers are o/k to a point,but using a razor makes a teen person feel more grown up,why,before you know it,you will be granny Callisto.

Yeah I think a lad starting out shaving should get used to a proper razor. It gives a closer shave and it feels more manly and stuff.

@Super: cold blade - never would have thunk it. If I ever get rid of this beard, I'll try your approach.
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# 25 : Friday 16-12-2011 @ 00:47
 
 
My nephew tried shaving himself when he was four! Cut his wee face to ribbons! His mum was very distressed, but he was completely unworried by the blood pouring from different cuts in his face. He reckoned he was being a big boy!

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# 26 : Friday 16-12-2011 @ 00:48
 
 
Someone said :
So the electric shavers are a no go?

Personally I find them a lot more painful. If you do it properly (and it isn't difficult at all) manual shaving is completely comfortable... even a little enjoyable.
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# 27 : Friday 16-12-2011 @ 15:02
 
 
Someone said :
Electric shavers are o/k to a point,but using a razor makes a teen person feel more grown up,why,before you know it,you will be granny Callisto.

Don't you start


The teenager has very sensitive skin, is allergic to everything, thank you all for the tips. Will he need someone to physically show him how or will he be ok winging it with the tips you lot have given?
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# 28 : Friday 16-12-2011 @ 15:05
 
 
i don't think its the same as women shaving their legs. i think it would be nice for a male to give him a bit of advice and show him.
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# 29 : Friday 16-12-2011 @ 15:16
 
 
Someone said :

Don't you start


The teenager has very sensitive skin, is allergic to everything, thank you all for the tips. Will he need someone to physically show him how or will he be ok winging it with the tips you lot have given?

I'll make a little video for you when I'm shaving
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# 30 : Friday 16-12-2011 @ 15:32
 
 
Someone said :
Not to start too early. Too this day Mam thinks my late Aunt Anna got me shaving too soon (maybe around 10). Also consider hair reducing cream as an alternative. I am using one called Gorilla Warfare from Dermadoctor and it means I don't cut myself shaving as there is less hair. Less shaving probably means less shaving pimples/acne too.
I had that done about 9 yrs ago on my neck and chin but they talked me out of doing the whole year as would have been needed to complete the process (because of the expense but I still wanted to do it). Admittedly it has greatly slowed down hair growth on my neck but the Gorilla Warfare cream is having a similar affect on my face so you might want to consider that as a cheaper alternatice. I was paying €200 a session in 2002.

What exactly are the down sides of starting too early, other than time wasted as a youth?

That whole "the more you shave, the hairier you end up thing" is an urban myth. I've been shaving well over 10 years and still incapable of any sort of impressive facial hair displays, and don't think increased shaving will change that.
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