Ask Aaron Q/A: Redness & rash around goatee after shaving

March 28, 2012 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Razor burn, rash & bumps, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Aaron is asked to provide tips on how to reduce shaving rash around the goatee area after shaving

David Prest, from UK, asks:

“I have a goatee and when I shape it with my razor I end up with red areas and small red spots around the edges of the beard. I try to be very gentle with my razor (single blade) but still get the red areas and small red spots. What advice would you give me? Many thanks. David”

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Some very nice facial fuzz!!!

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Prest,

I too have a goatee, and feel your concern over keeping it nicely shaped and having healthy skin around it. I would recommend making sure you are shaving with shaving cream applied, don’t shave without the lubrication it provides! Also you might want to look into using a shaving oil instead of the lather to be able to see more clearly and still have lubrication.

Also make sure you are properly preparing your beard area to shave, and properly restoring your skin with a good aftershave balm. Following these techniques will help improve your shave and your skin.

If you continue to have redness & bumps please write again and we will troubleshoot some more!

Cheers,
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: How to select the right double edge razor blade

March 26, 2012 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Safety Razors · Comment 

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Aaron is asked to recommend a double edge razor blade

John Marsburg, from UK, asks:

“What’s the quickest way to find a double edge razor blade that seems right for me? I’m a newbie and would like to settle on one fairly quickly. Any suggestions welcome. Reverend John.”

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Aaron recommends investing in a blade selection pack

AARON SAYS

“Reverend John,
The quickest and easiest way to find the right blade for you is to purchase sample packs of blades. These samples packs usually include one box of 5 blades of several different brands to give you a good idea of what works best for your beard and skin type. I would recommend you start there. Also, try purchasing single packs of different brands and blade types if there are not samplers available.

Happy Shaving!
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Switching to a double edge safety razor

March 26, 2012 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Safety Razors · Comment 

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Aaron is asked to recommend a double edge razor for someone who suffers from thick hair growth

James Walthall, from UK, asks:

“I want to migrate away from a Mach 3 to a DE razor but I’m unsure as to what brand to choose and whether to go for an open comb or closed comb razor. I have thick hair growth and suffer with irritation at the collar line on a daily basis. I use a silver tip Edwin Jagger brush with Edwin Jagger aloe vera shave soap. Any advice regarding the type of razor to choose and how to avoid the collar line irritation would be most welcome. Many thanks, James.”

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Edwin Jagger Double Edge Razor DE87 (Plus 5 Derby DE Blades)

AARON SAYS

“Mr Walthall,

I’m glad to hear you want to make the switch over to a safety razor! Since you are already using other Edwin Jagger products the DE89, DE86, or DE87 are all good razors to look at. The Merkur 34C and the Bluebeards Scimitar are also worthy razors for consideration.

As for the irritation around your collar there are several things your can try: shave only with the grain and across the grain in that area; use a good moisturizing balm as an aftershave not an alcohol based splash; make sure you are wearing the proper collar size and not one that is too tight; and use a light exfoliating scrub to help reveal and open the ingrown hairs.

Also, if you can try not shaving for a few days to help your skin heal and the ingrown hairs time to find their way to the surface. These tips should help you find some relief, and a good starting De to shave with!

Happy Shaving,

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Switching from a cartridge razor to a safety razor

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Aaron answers a question about switching from a cartridge razor to a double edge razor

Shaun Lancaster, from UK, asks:

“Hi Aaron! Its about time I switched from a cartridge razor, and started shaving properly, and stopped throwing away cash! What would you recommend for a ‘newbie’ with a steady hand? Maybe something solid, but not breaking the bank? I do have some minimal scar tissue under my chin, so I’m slightly wary of catching it with a DE razor. Is there a starter pack c/w shave stick or some soap you would recommend? Many thanks. Shaun.”

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AARON SAYS

“Hello Shaun!
We’re very happy to hear you want to join the ranks of wet-shavers around the globe! There are many great products out there to choose from, but for a beginners set I do have a couple of recommendations. The first is the Bluebeard’s Revenge cream & Doubloon brush set. This set gives you a great starter brush and cream to shave with, and allows you to choose your razor. If you’d rather get the whole kit in one shot and not worry about choosing a razor, I would recommend the Bluebeard’s Revenge Gift set, which include their Scimitar razor. This would provide all the basics you need to get you started on your journey. Whatever you decide, enjoy and welcome to smooth shaving!

Cheers,
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: The Parker 80R vs The Parker 82R

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Aaron answers a question about the differences between the Parker 80R & Parker 82R

David Kennedy, from UK, asks:

“Hi Aaron. I’m interested in purchasing a Parker 80R and just wondered if this has the same head as the 82R which you have previously reviewed? Thanks in advance for your reply.”

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Parker 80R Super HeavyWeight Butterfly Open Safety Razor

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Kenedy,

The Parker 80R and 82R are very similar razors. Both heavy weight and with butterfly opening doors to load the blade. Upon doing some research it appears that these razor will have the same “feel” and exposure. The difference is these razors lies in their cosmetic appearance. One razor, the 80R, has a crosshatch knurling (engraving if you will) upon the knob and handle while the 82R has horizontal lines machined into the handle and knob. I think you’ll get the same feel from either razor, so purchase the razor with the most appealing design to you! Thank you for your question!

Happy Shaving!
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Badger Shaving Brush Hair Grades

March 7, 2012 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Shaving Brushes · Comment 

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Aaron answers a question about the various badger hair grades

Bill Scott, from UK, asks:

“I currently use a shaving brush which is suffering from pattern baldness and definitely needs replacing. I had no idea that I would be faced with so much choice. From what I have gleaned so far it would appear silver tipped are the very best as they seem to be the most expensive. Am I correct? Your Taylor range of brushes makes no mention of the type of bristles used. Can you explain therefore what the difference in quality is between cheapest and most expensive? I look forward to hearing from you Bill.”

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Plisson Black Handle European White Badger Brush

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Scott,

Thank you for a great question!! Choosing a new shave brush (I love your description of yours suffering from male pattern baldness!) can be daunting if you are not familiar with the various terms and details. One of the most confusing, as you have pointed out is the names and types of grades of hair used in brushes. For badger hair the general labeling is this from base to highest grade: Pure, Best, Finest, Silvertip. Now the caveat being that this is not set in stone and there is no standard, however the majority of manufacturers will follow these gradations. Describing all distinct differences between each grade is a long post all in itself, but hopefully these grades will give you a good idea of what you want. The best way to go about choosing a brush is to decide on your budget, and buy the best brush your budget will allow. The higher quality the brush, the better it will lather and the longer it will last with good care. Thanks for the question and smooth shaving!

Aaron”

How to select the right grade of badger brush (Part 1)
How to select the right grade of badger brush (Part 2)

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Products to fight razor rash & burn & shaving spots

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David Mahood, from UK, asks:

“I have just found this site. I am a professional person and need to shave once, maybe twice each day. I currently use Mach3 blades and sensitive shaving foam or gel. My problem is that I suffer really bad redness around the mouth and chin which quite often results in spots after close shaves. Can you recommend any products that will help or relieve my symptoms?”

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Aaron suggests using a single bladed razor like the Merkur 37C Slant Bar DE Safety Razor

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Mahood,

Welcome to our site! Glad that you have been able to find us. As one who also works in a professional environment, I understand your dilemma. The first thing I would recommend is using a good post-shave balm. The ingredients in the balm will help to moisturize and heal your skin after shaving, and reduce the redness and burn.

Secondly you ought to try a pre-shave oil under your shave cream. The oil adds an extra protective layer that increases slickness and moisture to your shave.

If you are willing to go even farther down the rabbit hole I would suggest that you reduce the number of blades you shave with, and consider using a single blade safety razor such as many of the Merkur, Edwin Jagger, Parker, and Bluebeard’s razors we have here on the site. Along with this I would use a good quality cream and brush. These products are meant to give a comfortable and close shave without the irritation that occur by using the canned cream and gel products.

For creams I would recommends any Taylor of Old Bond Street, The Bluebeard’s Revenge, Proraso, Cyril Salter and many others here on the site. If you would like any more assistance or help in taking the plunge with traditional wet-shaving please feel free to contact us here and we’ll be glad to help! Thanks for your question!

Smooth Shaving!
Aaron”

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