Ask Aaron Q/A: The best double edge razor blades for sensitive skin

April 2, 2014 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about the best double edge razor blades for guys with sensitive skin

Blair Valentine-Purnell, from the UK, asks:

“I recently got a double edge safety razor to help with my ingrowing hair problems and have had quite a bit of success- as long as I don’t leave it too long between shaves- but do suffer from a little bit of skin irritation afterwards. Are there any particular double edge razor blades that are better for sensitive skin?”

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Lord Super Chrome Double Edged Razor Blades

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Valentine-Purnell,

While not specifically designed for sensitive skin, there are razor blades that would be more suited for a sensitive face. Firstly, I would not recommend Feathers because they are extremely sharp and unforgiving for mistakes.

However, look for blades that have a Teflon coating, this tends to make a smoother shave. (keeping things smooth and sticky-free was what Teflon was designed for after all!). Try the Gillette, Astra, black label Israeli, and Lord super chrome blades.

If you can find them Polsilver blades are very smooth, however they are rumored to be out of production. These have all given me good success and good shaves. It will take some trial and error to find the right one for you.

Happy shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: The best sandalwood colognes

April 2, 2014 · Posted in Aftershave, Ask Aaron Q & A · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about the best sandalwood colognes

Paul Johnson, from the UK, asks:

“Which sandalwood cologne is best – GF Trumper, DR Harris or Taylor of Old Bond Street? Also which brand does the best shaving cream and shaving soap? Thirdly, is skin food worth buying? Thank you.”

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Taylor of Old Bond St Sandalwood Aftershave Cologne (100ml)

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Johnson,

I have to say, the following is my opinion but after trying products from these companies the Trumper Sandalwood is my favorite cologne. Taylor in my opinion has the best shaving cream, and D. R. Harris and GF Trumpers are tied for their soaps.

The Skin Food from Trumpers is top notch and a favorite aftershave of mine. The Sandalwood is excellent and many gents like the Coral as well. In all actuality I don’t think you could go wrong with any of these companies products, but this is how they rank for me.

Cheers and Smooth shaving! Aaron.”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: How to shave around a mole, spot or pimple

March 26, 2014 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about the best ways to shave around a mole, spot or pimple

Paul Ewing, from the UK, asks:

“Using a double edge safety razor, how do you shave over moles without cutting?”

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A good shaving technique is essential

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Ewing,

The easy answer is: very carefully. However with the different types and shapes of moles it’s not quite that easy. A light hand and careful technique going over the mole should guide you if you can shave over it. If it is substantial enough just shave round it and clipper the hair growing out of it. If the mole bothers you enough they can be removed via your dermatologist but that’s entirely up to you. A good slick lather, a light hand, and good technique should be your solution to handling that pesky mole!

Smooth shaving! Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: The Parker shavette vs The Bluebeards Revenge shavette

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Aaron is asked a question about the best shavette razor, Parker or The Bluebeards Revenge

Jamie Townsend, from the UK, asks:

“Hey Aaron, I was just wondering if I should buy a Parker ‘cut throat’ shavette razor (34R, 33R & 31R) or The Bluebeards Revenge ‘cut throat’ shavette.”

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The Bluebeards Revenge “Cut-Throat” Shavette/Straight Razor Renewable Blades

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Townsend, Between the two, I prefer The Bluebeards Revenge “cut throat” shavette. The reason for this is the way the razor blade is held. The Bluebeards shavette holds the blade much firmer and more even than the Parker.

Smooth Shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: The best ways to lather shaving soap in a hard water area

March 5, 2014 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about the best ways to lather a shaving soap in a hard water area

Austin Simmons, from the UK, asks:

“Hi Arron, I have recently begun to shave with a shavette and would like to try shaving soap as opposed to shaving cream. However, I live in a hard water area. Normal soap struggles to produce a lather. Will this be the same for shaving soap?”

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The Shaving Shack sells a great selection of shaving soaps

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Simmons,

I understand the struggles of hard water, we too live in a hard water area and there are a couple techniques that can help. First pre-soak your soap, this helps load more product into the brush, then load your brush by holding the soap upside down and applying the brush upright into the soap. Also when loading your brush start out being fairly dry, not sopping wet with water. Lastly, I would face lather, building the lather into a thick creamy goodness.

Happy Shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Preventing ingrowing hairs around the chin

March 4, 2014 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Razor burn, rash & bumps, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about preventing ingrowing hairs around the chin

Marc Johnson, from the UK, asks:

“When I shave, I go with the grain and then across and the sometimes against afterwards. However, no matter which combination or sole direction I go I end up with ingrowing hairs around my chin. When the stubble starts to return the hair stays under the skin and creates a little white head until the hair has penetrated through. How can I prevent this?”

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Finish your shave with a good moisturizing aftershave to keep the skin supple and heal any irritation

AARON SAYS

“Mr Johnson,

Ingrowns can be an embarrasing, terrible, problem especially in such a visible are as the chin. Let’s make sure your beard is fully prepped and the hairs are as soft as possible by showering or holding a hot towel on the face for a few minutes before shaving.

When you do shave your chin try to give the razor as flat a surface to rest on as possible by moving this skin with your opposite hand.

However, do not over stretch the skin as this can cause problems. (my hunch is that this is where things are going awry for you).

Finally finish your shave with a good moisturizing aftershave to keep the skin supple and heal any irritation.

Smooth shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Bumps & spots after shaving & oily skin

December 22, 2013 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about preventing razor bumps, spots and ingrowing hairs

Raj Bisht, from the UK, asks:

“Hi my name is Raj and I have a few questions I would like to ask:

Question 1.) Sometimes I get bumps on my face which you can’t see. What’s the cause of this?

Question 2.) When I start to grow a 3-4 day stubble at times I get ingrowing spots. What’s the cause of this?

Question 3.) After my shave I want a product which won’t leave my face looking oily, and when I touch it, it won’t be slippery. What do you recommend?

Question 4.) Finally, what’s the best way to shave. On the neck I shave upwards and on the cheek area I stroke downwards and also at an angle.”

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AARON SAYS

“Mr. Bisht,

I cannot say for certain what is causing your bumps, or in grown hairs, but have a few ideas which may help! First, map which way your hair is growing and follow the pattern of growth as much as you can, this should eliminate going against the direction of growth which can cause bumps. Your growth pattern will most likely be different than a simple N.S.E.W. shaving pattern.

Second, you should consider using a facial scrub 2-3 times a week to help eliminate and relieve bumps and the trapped hairs that cause them.

Third, use a single edge razor such as the Merkur 34c, Bluebeard’s Scimitar, or Edwin Jagger DE89. Using multiple blade contraptions increase the chance of getting in grown hairs significantly.

Lastly, for your post shave routine use a light balm such as Proraso, Bluebeard’s Revenge, Taylor of Old Bond Street, or an alcohol based splash/lotion. A toner or simple witch hazel solution may be a better route for you. Experiment a little and find out what best works for you skin. Following these steps should send you in the right direction for a much more comfortable shave!

Happy Shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Beard shaping with a double edge razor

December 16, 2013 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about beard shaping with a double edge safety razor

Bhavin, from the UK, asks:

“I shape a beard along my jawline. Currently use a Mach 3 and a disposable razor to shape closer. Would it be easier to use a double edge razor to get the shaping? Which razor would you recommend? Is the Merkur Slant good? Also with the slant do you only need one pass due to the blade angle? I only use do one pass at the moment.”

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Shaping a beard can easily be done with a DE razor

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Morjaria,
A DE razor is a most excellent way to shape your beard. It’s single edge gets you right to the edge of the hair line, almost, if not just as close as a straight razor. I sport a Van Dyke and have no problem shaping it how it needs to be with a DE razor. The Merkur Slant is an excellent razor but is very aggressive and if you are not familiar shaving with a double edge can lead to nicks and cuts. Try the Merkur 34c (aka HD or heavy duty), the Bluebeard’s Revenge Scimitar, or the Edwin Jagger DE89 to begin shaving with. Welcome to DE shaving and thanks for your question!

Smooth Shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: How do you get a great lather with a shaving soap?

December 12, 2013 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Shaving Creams, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about the best way to lather a shaving soap

Richard Allison, from the UK, asks:

“Hi Aaron, as a recent convert to double edge shaving (and really enjoying it!), I’m interested in trying out shaving soaps instead of creams. I’ve read they are much slicker, which I’d like to experience. At the moment I put a drop of cream in a warm ceramic bowl and work up the lather with my slightly damp brush. How do I use a puck of soap? Do I put it in the bowl and create the lather on top, or do I cover the brush in soap then lather in a bowl? What happens to the left-behind soap if I just leave it on the puck after?”

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Using a puck of soap is not altogether very different than a cream.

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Allison,

Thanks for a thoughtful question! Using a puck of soap is not altogether very different than a cream. The best method of using soap seems to be loading the damp brush with soap, the building a lather either on your face or in the bowl. Building a lather on top of the puck with continue to use more product which wastes the soap and makes the lather not as effective.

Wet shaving evangelist Mantic59 uses several great techniques in this video which will be very useful as you learn to use soap. http://youtu.be/_MGLi_m9n_s. If you leave the lather on top of the soap it will just dry out and become a film. I’m honestly not sure if it will help with building a lather the next time you shave however my guess is it would not make much of a noticeable help. Thank you. Again for your question!

Smooth Shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: What’s the best way to shave the corners of the mouth?

December 10, 2013 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about the best way to shave around the corners of the mouth

Alan Bates, from the UK, asks:

“I cannot get a smooth finish in the area to my right and left side of mouth – I have tried a new blade, plenty of quality product but no luck – any help would appreciated.”

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Bates,

It may be that the hairs at the corners of your mouth grow at a slightly different angle than on your cheeks causing the roughness. I would suggest, if you can, not shaving for 2-3 days and then analyze the growth pattern in that area. When you have determined which way it grows, go perpendicular to the growth, and if that is not as smooth as you would like, go against the direction of growth. That should give you the detail of a smooth shave! Many thanks for your question!

Cheers!
Aaron”

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