Ask Aaron Q/A: An adjustable safety razor vs non-adjustable – Which one should I go for?

By Aaron Wolfenbarger on September 15, 2014

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Aaron is asked a question about the benefits of an adjustable safety razor over a non-adjustable razor

Craig Cook, from the UK, asks:

“I am looking at purchasing a double edge safety razor and wondered if I should buy one recommended in the ‘beginners guide’ or save money by buying a fully adjustable one from the outset? What difference does an adjustable one make to shaving? Other than changing the angle of the blade, what benefit is the adjustment for?”

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Merkur Futur 760 Adjustable Safety Razor with Satin Chrome Finish

AARON SAYS

Mr. Cook,

It is always a good rule of thumb to buy the best you can afford. If you would like to buy an adjustable, who am I to say no? Being a fan of adjustable razors such as the Merkur Progress and Merkur Futur, I so go for it but with one caveat.

When you start shaving with your new razor set your dial at a medium number and leave it there. Don’t move it! It will add yet another variable that you just do not need to wrestle with as you learn all the new techniques involved. Give it a couple of months and then once you are quite comfortable with your new shaving regimen begin to play with the adjustment to see how and what you prefer there.

The blade angle itself doesn’t change as much as the blade gap; the distance between blade and safety bar. This allows more or less room for contact with the hair and face, giving a “mild” or “aggressive” feel. The benefits may be you haven’t shaved if a few days and can dial the razor more aggressively to mow those whiskers down quickly and then dial it down to finish off the last little trouble areas without irritation.

Thanks for a great question! Enjoy your new razor, and welcome to the world of traditional shaving!

Happy Shaves!

Aaron

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Styptic pencils: What are they & how best to use them

By Aaron Wolfenbarger on September 8, 2014

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Aaron is asked a question about styptic pencils and the best way to use them

Mike Black, from the UK, asks:

“Having ditching expensive multi-blade disposable razors in favour of a Muhle R89 Double Edged Razor, I found that I managed to nick myself a few times whilst getting used to it. So when I recently bought my son-in-law the same razor I ordered styptic pencils for us both as well, the question is, how do you use these lipstick like devices? Do you wet them, or rub them directly onto the cut or something else? Having bought this for him I feel a bit daft not knowing how to use it. As there are no instructions on the item, your help and advise would be appreciated.”

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The styptic pencil will help stop the flow of blood from shaving cuts.

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Black,

Using a styptic pencil thankfully is a pretty easy process. I would barely wet the end and then rub the cut area with it until the blood flow stops. The flow should stop pretty quickly, but depending on the severity of the cut you might have to visit it a time or two to make sure it’s properly clotted. Hopefully as you learn quickly you won’t need them! Cheers, and welcome to wet shaving!

Happy Shaving,

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: A Shavette vs Double Edge Safety Razor

By Aaron Wolfenbarger on September 5, 2014

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Aaron is asked a question about the merits of using a shavette razor and a double edge safety razor

Mike Bullingham, from the UK, asks:

“Hi, I have been wet shaving all my life. Ranging from once to every three to four days, to once a month. I only shave very irregular due to the soreness after a shave. I have decided to try a shavette and blades. Will this help? Or am I best with a double edged safety razor. For my shave I currently use BIC sensitive single blade razors. My beard is very coarse! Many thanks Mike.”

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Parker 34R White Shavette (SRW)

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Bullingham,
Let’s definitely help you get those shaves more comfortable. There should be little to no discomfort from your shaves. I’m sorry to hear this has been an issue. In my opinion, starting with a double edge razor will be your best bet. The Bluebeards Revenge ‘Scimitar’, Merkur 34c, Parker 91, or similar razors should do well for you.

I also recommend getting a blade sample pack to see which works best for you. Since your beard is coarse sharper blades such as Feathers may be the best bet. Before shaving, help your beard be as soft and prepped as possible with a good hot shower or hot towel. This will soften the hard keratin coating making them easier to cut. Also, let’s make sure you are using good quality products for the lather. A good quality badger brush and good cream or soap from Bluebeard’s, Taylor of Old Bond Street, Proraso, and other name brand products are a great place to start.

To finish your shave use an aftershave balm to nourish, calm, and heal the skin. Proraso, Bluebeard’s, Musgo Real, Taylor’s and many others have such balms. I hope this helps you, and please write if you have any more questions!

Happy Shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: The Edwin Jagger DE87 vs DE89

By Aaron Wolfenbarger on September 2, 2014

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Aaron is asked a question about the differences between the Edwin Jagger DE87 and DE89 safety razors

Alexander D, from Bulgaria, asks:

“Hi Aaron,tell me please, Edwin Jagger DE89 is a safety razor strongly recommended for beginners, but what about the Edwin Jagger DE87, is this the same razor but with a different handle?”

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The Edwin Jagger DE87 and DE89 razors.

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Alexander,

The EJ 87 is the same model, only with a different handle. You should receive the same great shaves from either model razor! Thanks for your question, and please write back if you need any more help with your journey!

Happy Shaving,

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Do you recommend Truefitt and Hill aftershave products?

By Aaron Wolfenbarger on September 1, 2014

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Aaron is asked a question about whether or not he recommends Truefitt and Hill aftershave products

Darren Fletcher, from the UK, asks:

“I used to have fairly bad razor burn before I started double edge shaving 12 months ago this June. Having sensitive skin (and no more razor burn for ages after trial and error at the start) I wanted to ask about shaving balm / aftershave. I use Truefitt and Hill sops and love the smell during my shave, the balm I use post shave is L’Oreal shave balm but really want to try T&H aftershave, so the question is given the expense: is it worth the risk trying the aftershave or should I stick to balm?”

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Truefitt & Hill West Indian Limes Aftershave Balm (100ml)

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Fletcher,

Truefitt and Hill make wonderful grooming products, and are world famous for doing so. Now that you have established a good shaving regimen that works for you and no longer causes you razor burn I certainly think it is worth trying their aftershaves to match your favorite cream scents. Also, Truefitt and Hill makes accompanying balms with several of their scents. If you wanted to stick with the aftershave balm you have an option for that as well! I certainly think now that you have eliminated the burn you can branch out and explore with little problem. Thanks for you question!

Smooth Shaving!

Aaron”

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The history of shaving

By Tom Trueman on August 15, 2014

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Shaving is a daily ritual for people all around the world and recently, male grooming has become a bigger part of our lives. For some, shaving can be quite a burden and a lengthy task (if you have more hair) than most. However, it’s now seen as a chance to shape your appearance. We have all heard of the clean shaven look, now it seems it is the styled look that is more popular.

The process of shaving has undergone many changes, from plucking the hair out with shells to using electric shavers and new technologies are continuing to innovate the way we shave.

We thought it would be interesting to “go back in time” to see the history of shaving. Centuries ago there were no razors and people did not have the shaving regimes that we have today.

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History of Shaving

Shaving Before Christ
In stone age, men would shave using clamshells, flint knives and even shark teeth. It is difficult to say how effective these items werebut we reckon it was a very close shave and dangerous too.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, circular solid gold or copper razors can be found as far back as the 4th millennium BC in some Egyptian tombs.

Literature also states that the Roman king Lucius Tarquinius Priscus introduced the razor to his people in the 6th century BC. Even though shavers had been around for a while, it was not a common practise with the Romans for another hundred years or so.

In the 4th century, Alexander the Great encouraged all his men to shave off their beards for protection so that enemies could not grab them by their facial hair. They would use a novacila, a block of iron with one edge sharpened. This was not only dangerous but also not practical at all. Many injured themselves during the process.

Julius Caesar used tweezers to pluck his beard. This painful method would have required great eye sight and a high pain threshold. In the meantime other Romans rubbed their facial hair off their faces using pumice stones.

Safety razors
Safer razors were fully introduced in 1828. William Henson invented the hoe-shaped razor in 1847 that you probably have in your bathroom cabinets at home.Later on in 1895 the shape was combined with the idea of shaving with a disposable double edged blade by King Camp Gillette. This invention introduced safe shaving and at the same time made Gillette a fortune. Gone were the times of shaving with a single sharp blade.

Electronic shavers
People have been trying to invent and patent electronic shavers ever since 1900, however there have not been many succesfful ones. In 1928, a retired Army colonel named Jacob Schick patented an electronic razor he had designed and the world finally had a winner. This cunning invention made life much easier.

21st Century
It is estimated that 90% of adult males shave at least once a day. This amounts to an estimated 20,000 shaves in a lifetime.

For those who are looking to remove all facial hair, there is a great variety of tools and techniques available. Consider t-razors, electric shavers and straight razors. T-razors and electric shavers are amongst the most commonly used.

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Above is an infographic that highlights the total razor sales in the U.S. in 2013. According to the data provided by Statistica Dossier (2014) Proctor and Gamble currently holds the largest marketplace.

Luxury Shaving
Shaving is becoming more of an experience than a task. There are a variety of products to cater for your budget. However if you have millions then why not nip to your local luxury male groomers to get your beard styled to the latest look. There are plenty of luxury products out on the market from shaving creams to hair pastes to keep your moustache styled perfectly.

The worlds most expensive razor was sold for $100,000. This was made from white sapphire and gave the closest shave ever recorded. A recent sttudy arly 70% of American women prefer a clean-shaved man it is worth the effort to have the right attributes to do so. Hence men are choosing luxurious grooming products over traditional ones.

Shaving has evolved greatly due to advances in technology and new innovations. The question is: do you prefer to be clean shaven or have a styled look? Either way, the male grooming market is booming which tells us that we are willing to invest in how we look more than ever before!

For most of us we can hope we win the lottery or receive a huge promotion at work so that we can purchase a $100,000 razor. In the meantime, we will have to make do without.

Author Bio
Danny writes about luxury lifestyles, success and millions. He is a contributor to Lottoland magazine. In his spare time he plays basketball.


Advanced wet shaving techniques, tricks & tips

By Aaron Wolfenbarger on August 5, 2014

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Using advanced shaving techniques can improve the quality of the overall shave

So you have begun shaving like a man taking down that Bluebeard stubble with a double edge, single edge, or straight razor, but still have some of that pesky stubble hanging around. Or perhaps you have been doing traditional shaving for a while, but are looking to take things to the next level? Today we will look at a handful of techniques that will help you get an even closer shave and take your shaving to the next level.

Skin stretching

First off, a simple and practical practice is skin stretching. You will see this most often practiced by straight razor shavers and barbers. Taking the fingers of your opposite hand, pull gently the skin above the area you are shaving. This creates a more flat surface for the razor to glide over creating a smoother and closer shave.

J-hooking

The J-hook sounds just like it is executed. You could also call it the pivot stroke. Draw the razor down and then swing it very lightly in a j shaped motion. This stroke is helpful for shaving off those little remaining hairs, especially in places where the hair changes direction of growth or in swirls. The stroke can be reversed to an upside down j for the same effect.

Blade buffing

Blade buffing is a very simple technique but a very effective one. Taking the razor, and with an extremely light hand, shave over the spot quickly and repeatedly. Preferably lifting the razor between each stroke. This helps eliminate those last little patches of roughness.

Gillette Slide

The last and most complicated of the techniques is called the “Gillette Slide”. It is named such for the technique comes from printed instructions included with Gillette razors manufactured around the middle of the past century. To perform the slide pull down the razor and forward at the same time. Be most careful to pull down as you pull across, otherwise you will slice a line on your face, an unpleasant experience to be sure. The Slide creates the same effect as a slant razor both slicing and cutting at the same time. This increases the efficiency of the stroke especially among varying hair growth patterns. In order for me to achieve a close shave on my neck around the Adam’s Apple, this is the stroke I use.

So now that you are shaving like a boss, you can take your shave to the next level with these techniques. Whether you use the j-hook, buffing, or slide, just remember keep a light hand and Smooth Shaving!

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Ask Aaron Q/A: The Feather AS-D1 vs The Feather AS-D2

By Aaron Wolfenbarger on July 21, 2014

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Aaron is asked a question about the differences between the Feather AS-D1 and AS-D2

Scott Allread, from the UK, asks:

“What is the difference between the Feather AS-D1 and AS-D2?”

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Feather AS-D2 Double-Edge Razor (Stainless Steel)

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Allread,

After doing some research here is what I was able to find on the variances between the AS-D1 and AS-D2. The D1 is the first model of the Feather to come out. It is regarded as an extremely mild shaving razor, with some complaints of it being too mild and some people having a hard time shaving with it, where as others rave about it. So, there seems to be some variances there. However, the fact remains that the D1 is a very gentle razor. The D2 is the second incarnation of the Feather All Stainless, with most folks agreeing that it shaves much better than the D1, not being as mild. There are also some slight physical differences in the handle and in the base. Thanks for the great question!

Smooth shaving!
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: My shaving cream & soap dries out before I finish shaving

By Aaron Wolfenbarger on July 17, 2014

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Aaron is asked a question about how to prevent shaving soap or shave cream from drying out before the shave is completed

Paul Martin, from the UK, asks:

“Been double edge shaving for a couple of months now. Still working on my technique and finding the best shaving products to suit my skin type. A problem I have most days is that my shaving soap or shave cream is drying out too much before I finish each pass? This is giving me some problems on the neck and lip which I shave last. Any ideas?”

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Shaving cream can dry out before the second pass

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Martin,

First off, welcome to the world of wet shaving! I would make sure you are adding enough water when building your lather, a dry lather will obviously dry out faster than a properly hydrated one, and give problems in those areas.

You can always re-lather those areas before shaving them, to make sure the lather is the best it can be to protect your face.

Also, if you have a fan in the bathroom you might want to try turning it off while you shave, the extra wind will dry out your lather. Hope this helps, and let me know if you still are having trouble and we’ll go from there!

Keep it smooth!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: The best ways to lather Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap

By Aaron Wolfenbarger on July 17, 2014

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Aaron is asked a question about the best ways to lather Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap

Luke Cressey, from the UK, asks:

“Hello, could you please give any tips on how to use Mitchell’s wool fat hear some people find it difficult to use and any tips on someone new to using shaving soap. Thank you for your time and help.”

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Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap and Ceramic Bowl (120g)

AARON SAYS

“Mr Cressey,

Yes! Mitchell’s does have the reputation of being a little difficult to lather. For MWF it helps to soak the puck in water while you shower to help soften the soap (roughly 5 minutes or so).

Soak your brush and shake it out well before lathering, the drier bristles will help pick up a bit more soap. Load the brush well with soap, swirling on top of the puck for a good 15-30 seconds.

Try loading the brush upside down as well: hold the soap above the brush and load with the bristles up.

Loading upside down helps to feed soap into the middle of the brush where the lather making magic happens.

For these tips and some great visuals, check out my friend Mantic59′s video on this exact subject. http://youtu.be/_MGLi_m9n_s?list=UUH95TR4r8JNRgLG1T1FVXhg

Happy Shaving!

Aaron”

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