I used electric up until about 3 or 4 years ago but was getting pretty sore, especially around my neck. I thought I'd switch to wet shaving to see if it were any better and so far it has been (so kinda the opposite situation to you, LOL!).
In terms of electric shaving, I found that Philishave seemed to produce the most forgiving shavers in terms of razor burn. Problem is that I found shavers wear out so damn fast so you need new cutters and foil after a year or so, part of the whole maintenance aspect I guess.
In terms of wet shaving I use Clinique gel (expensive, but worth it IMO). This is in conjunction with the Wilkinson Sword 3D razor. I tried some others but they tended to chew my face and/or give bad razor burn.
In respect of both I find that reducing the frequency of shaving to once every 3 or 4 days is probably the best way to reduce any sensitisation, if you can do it.
I have both, and interchange between them on a day to day basis.
If I have time in the morning, I tend to have a shave whilst I'm in the shower. It's only recently (since I moved into my own place) that I've done this, but gives me those extra few minutes to get warm and wake up! If I'm in a hurry, the electric shaver wins every time. I find it doesn't give the supa smooth feeling that wet shaving gives, but I keep that feeling for special occasions :P
I've never really had irritations from either type of shaving, unless I forget to change my blade every once in a while, then it can get a bit scratchy :/
Anyway, I'm sure that's enough information about my shaving habits now!
2003-01-13 09:00 am (UTC)
I think he means your face not your legs dear, only kidding :P
I had the same prob as you ...sore face after shaving when I both dry or wet shaved ...then my uncle advised me he had the same problem ...and he used the 'king of shaves - oil stuff' (tis not cheap but tis effective) not the foam/gel stuff after a shower ...I tried it ...and since I have not had a major prob with it...
I have a electric shaver somewhere but it does not seem to cope with my hair ...I think they have muchly improved since I bought mine tho...
As to what is best ...prob going to a barbers to have a cutthroat thang done ...but for me my Mach3 with oil stuff seems to do well... I should try out a new electric cause if they can do the job as good or better but as it seems to work now ...I have been in 'if it ain't broke don't fix it mode'
Tis my tuppence worth on the subject :o)
I guess "wet" means with shaving cream? I've used that for awhile, since I started shaving maybe 6-8 years ago. It was convenient since I only ever had to shave once every 3 days or so. But just this past year, its gotten to the point where I should shave once a day. So for Christmas I got an electric shaver. And I really like it.
Ooooooh! Great subject!
I need to know as I am very lacking in my knowledge of this area (I only use disposable razors which seem ok, cos it's not like I have to do my face! ;))
The reason I wanna know is cos my man uses (I think) a Gillette razor with gel, and he has hinted at me getting him an electric one. It's his birthday next month so I think I will but there's so much I don't know, like what brands are good, are they *really* better or is he just going to revert back to what he has? and stuff that corradostorm pointed out... maintenance!! *shudder* how easily can you buy those cutters and foil?
I hope more people comment so I can get some more opinions too (even better that my man doesn't read your LJ ;)).
Good one Dave! :))
The cutters and foils are relatively easy to get hold of from the likes of Boots, or even mail order from the manufacturer. The thing is once the shaver starts to perform badly even after a good clean then it's probably time to try a new foil, and failing that new cutters.
I had a Braun and Philishave, and preferred the Philishave. I have fairly tough hair, and it grows in multiple directions also. The Philishave seemed to cope relatively well with this.
2003-01-13 04:33 am (UTC)
I've used a Norelco wet electic or other electrics for several years. The Norelco can be used either wet or dry and it comes with a built in pouch of face lotion that you can squirt out by the blades. When I shaved off my beard just recently, I had to use a blade and it made me quite sore!
i've always used a philishave... lot safer than a blade when yer still asleep, and a lot quicker too
and you can use them in any loo (coaches, trains, pubs, etc), or in a car, so you don't even need to waste any time at home before you set out :)
I use a Braun 7570.
I switched to Electric Shaver (ES) because my facial hair is very thick. Regular shaving left my face too raw or not clean-shaven enough.
To complicate matters, my facial hair has no general direction. Even more annoying is the jagged edges of the jutting adam's apple. Two out of five days a week, I either have a cut or hair around that area. I have to run a Gillette blade razor for a cleanup after.
I could really do without shaving. Really.
I used to wet shave, but I dry shave now. I wouldn't change for the world - my skin is much better, I don't get shaving cuts, and I can shave whilst at my PC reading mail.
I've pretty much always wet shaved.. but from time to time it does get very sore.
I have used dry shave, but I can't stand not having a close shave, so I end up doing
it over and over until I get a nice shave... but then I get sore... vicious circle..
2003-01-13 09:01 am (UTC)
I don't think I'm going to answer this one....
I've always used an electric shaver as I've never been brave enough to try a shaving blade :)#
I use one of those Braun dual-foil swivel head cordless things but I'm not that impressed by it.
It doesn't seem to cope with the unruly hairs under my chin very well at all, (hairs which seem to hide from the shaver only to reappear some time later in the day).
The battery only lasts a couple of days (probably because it takes me ages to get a reasonably smooth shave), and it drops the shavings all over the place as the swivel head has a slot in the bottom of it.
Maybe I'll try a Remington or Philishave next time.
How long does it take other people to shave?
Has anyone tried 2 or 3 different makes?
8-10 minutes. I know this because the shaver tells me the time I spent using it. ;)
I use a wet one and have done for most of the last seventeen years. I've mostly used the Wilkinson Sword razors with the Diamond fx Protector being the current one. I tend to shave at night during the week so that any cuts I incur aren't streaming with blood by the time I get to work in the morning.
I did have an electric one at one time but it was rather crap so I returned to using a wet one and haven't used it again since.
2003-01-13 12:31 pm (UTC)
Mike does not like dry or electric shavers (I cannot remember the reason why, but he doesn't)...but he always had the same problem - lots of razor burn, cuts, etc.
Now he uses The Art of Shaving
products, specifically the Lavender Pre-Shave Oil, and the Lavender Essential Oil Shaving Cream. He has a brush but does not use it (it is supposed to help with stimulation or something? I don't know, you are the guy, you tell me! :P), and he also got the razor thing (where you put your own blades in) but he does not use that either (I may want to mention that he got his 2 brushes and the razor for free! Because of my job :) ). He uses Mach 3 razors.
The Art of Shaving stuff is a little spendy, but I think well worth it - ever since he started using it he has no nicks, cuts, razor burn, etc - and his shave is closer than ever! His skin is also way softer.
Anyway just thought I would add to this convo :)
Teehee, now look what you have started! We got our emsee
talking about that very subject now!
Mind you..have you tried the wax system??? I'm sure your loving lady could deminstrate for you (heheheheh)
Hehehe, well you know what I'm like - I've got about a dozen browser windows open now on the shaving subject - manufacturer's specs, user reviews on eopinions.com & dooyoo.co.uk, etc, etc :P
Shave ? whats that????
I used to shave i had a leccy shaver at first but wet shaves are definatly the best way to go!
Much less iritation.
Hello :D I am going to talk about my legs. If that is quite alright with you. I feel i should say something. And i am extremely tired. And gibbering on when i am tired is fun :D
*Ahem* Used to go through cycle of wax legs in summer, shave in winter.
Now, the pain of waxing is too much for me :P
Just shave. Have electric shaver, but it's rubbish :P Mostly only use it in winter when legs are covered up anyway. Wet shave much better for legs and i put moisturiser on afterwards so i don't dry out. much better and silky smooth :D
So, now, you know. Yes.