Ask Aaron Q/A: Combining different Merkur DE razors

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Jack Lovell, from the UK, asks:

“Hello Aaron, I presently have a Merkur Futur and Vision 2000 razor which I like because of their hefty weight. For my next heavyweight razor I would like to cobble together a Merkur 43C stainless steel handle with a Merkur 37C slant bar head. Will these two components marry together? Many thanks and regards. Jack”

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Merkur 37C Slant Bar DE Safety Razor

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Lovell, It’s nice to find anther heavy razor lover! My personal tendency is to favor razors with a heavier feel than others. While I have not tried pairing the two different parts, I will assume that you should be able to match the two razor parts together. I would also offer you a suggestion, have you looked at the Merkur 39c slant barberpole? It is one of the heftiest razors Merkur produces, and has the slant head on top. This might produce the razor you desire! Good luck!

Happy Shaving, Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Top tips for avoiding nicks & cuts whilst double edge shaving

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Richard Mitchell, from the USA, asks:

“Hi, Have been using a straight razor which I got from Turkey – was concerned about safety although I did not cut myself at all and had a really good close shave. I bought a Parker DE razor and have done nothing but cut and nick myself. I even changed the shave soap thinking it was that, could the razor be faulty or what am I doing wrong? Thanks Richard”

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Mitchell, I am sorry you’re having such trouble. The two main things that come to mind are these: the angle and the blade. The blade angle for a double edge razor is quite different from a straight razor and should be at about 30 degrees or so. The next would be that you are using a blade that is not suitable for either your skin or hair type. I would purchase a few different types or brands of blades, or buy a sample pack and see how that changes the shave for you as well. It is a powerful as turning on a light switch in a dark room when finding that right combination!

Happy shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Top shaving tips for the top lip and under the chin

June 5, 2011 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Kevin Spanner, from the USA, asks:

“Hi, can you describe your top lip and under chin routine? I’m having difficulty in those areas thanks.”

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Spanner,
Well, honestly I sport a Van Dyke, so I rarely shave those areas. However, when I do here is what I do. I prep the whole area as usual but on each pass of the upper lip make sure to stretch the upper lip as much as possible, and instead of going directly against the grain go slightly angled. So if north is fully against the grain go northeast or northwest. For the chin tilt your head up, stretching the skin, as well as draw your lower lip into you mouth. This also flattens your chin making it easier to shave. I hope these help!

Smooth Shaving,
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Is a boar hair brush stiffer than a badger hair brush?

May 25, 2011 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Shaving Brushes, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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John Box, from the USA, asks:

“Is a boar hair brush stiffer than a badger hair brush?”

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The Bluebeards Revenge 'Corsair' Super Badger Shaving Brush

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Box,
Yes, you are correct a boar hair brush can be stiffer than a badger hair brush. The boar hair is quite typically larger in diameter than badger hair and this will most often lead to a stiffer brush. However very good quality boar brushes can often be almost if not as soft as a badger. Some other things that can effect stiffness if a brush is knot density (how tighty packed the hair is) and the loft or height of the hair from the top of the handle to the tips of the hair. Those can have significant influence on how the brush feels on your face as well as the type of hair. Whatever the choice, I hope you find a great brush!

Smooth shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Shaving under the nose

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Steven Kirk, from the UK, asks:

“I have recently converted to de shaving. Having purchased a Merkur Futur I have been delighted with the results. However I am struggling to shave around the nostrils. Please do you have any suggestions for technique, or a smaller razor for this purpose?”

AARON SAYS

“Mr Kirk,
Congratulations! You have purchased a great razor to use on your DE shaving adventure. It is a big razor, for which it has received some complaints, but I think the benefits definitely outweigh the disadvantages. Try pushing your nose out of the way as much as possible. Also, you might want to try shaving at a 90 degree angle to your lips (r to think of it another way, with the blade in line with your nose) and shave toward your ears. If you decide that it’s too much trouble and want to try a smaller razor for just that area, I recommend the Parker 97R, the Goodfella razor, or the Bluebeard’s Scimitar, or if you can find one a mustache razor. They all have slim profiles which would be good for shaving right under the nose.

Smooth shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Preventing razor burn & razor bumps

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Matt Herridge, from the UK, asks:

“Hi there, I’ve recently started shaving with a DE razor, I always get a very good close shave with no irritation, nicks or cuts even after shaving against the grain which I often have to do as I am in the British army, until the day after, that’s when I wake up with red bumps and very tender feeling skin especially under and on the front of my chin and my neck. My cheeks and top lip stay fine, any help would be greatly appreciated.”

AARON SAYS

“Mr Herridge,
It sounds as if you’re getting some razor burn and bumps. I would suggest paying very close attention to your razor angle, and making sure it’s not too shallow on your face. Also, try some stretching techniques to flatten and smooth those areas. This should greatly help! Also, use a nice soothing aftershave balm to help calm the areas, and a lotion or moisturizer before bed.

Smooth shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: The best creams & shaving methods for men with facial psoriasis

May 17, 2011 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Shaving Creams, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Simon Knight, from the UK, asks:

“Hi, What is the best shaving cream and method to use when shaving, whilst suffering from facial psoriasis?”

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The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Knight,
I would use a shaving cream that is very protective, and moisturizing. The creams I would suggest would be Bluebeard’s Revenge and Coates. They both have amazing protective qualities and have great moisturizing qualities as well. I would also suggest you use some good moisturizing after shave balm that is especially designed for those with sensitive skin. Proraso products and the Bluebeard’s Revenge would be good products to try for a balm.

Smooth Shaving!
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: How to sharpen a straight razor for shaving

May 10, 2011 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Shaving Tips, Straight Razor Shaving · Comment 

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Philippa Lynch, from the UK, asks:

“Hi, Aaron, I bought a straight razor and a strop for my husband for Christmas – it is now clear that he needs more bits in order to sharpen the blade etc. Can you give me a list of essentials that I should have got then and could get now? Many thanks, Philippa”

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Cyril Salter Solingen 5/8 Open Razor Round Point

AARON SAYS

“Mrs. Lynch,

A shaving guru I may be, but you have found my weakness. Straight razor sharpening is not something I am full of knowledge on, but I will assist you and give you as much as I know. You mentioned bits and I do not recommend any type of hand held mechanical tool bit for sharpening a straight razor. This is too dangerous and can cause damage to you or the blade or your equipment. You husband will need two, possible three stones, plus a paddle and strop. The stones should be sharpening stones anyhwere from 8 to 12k grit, even as high as 15. A natural coticule will work as well for the last step. The paddle should be covered in canvas and the canvas should have CrOx (Chromium Oxide) impregnated into the canvas.

If this seems like too much of an investment, I highly recommend seeking out a barber or someone known for the razor honing skills to do the work for you. A good razor shouldn’t need but honing perhaps once a quarter. I hope this helps on recommendations for what your husband needs! Feel free to get back in touch with us if you need any more help!

Smooth Shaving!
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: How to avoid white-heads & bumps

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Jamie Hare, from the UK, asks:

“Hi Aaron, Thank you for this opportunity. Occasionally, I tend to get small white-heads/white bumps on the area below my nostrils/above my top lip. Do you know how to avoid this?”

AARON SAYS

“There are a number of things that could be causing the irritation and bumps you describe. I wouldn’t want to directly diagnose exactly what is going on, but let me offer some tips to help and alleviate the issue. Make sure that when you are finished shaving you clean this area well, rinsing with warm water first, then cold water. If you are shaving with a Safety Razor watch the angle of the blade, making sure it’s close to a 30 degree angle. If you are not shaving with a safety razor, I recommend switching over; the cartridge may be causing the irritation. In reducing the hair go with the direction of growth only, but if that is not close enough go across after that. See if these things help to alleviate the bumps and feel free to contact us again if you need more help!

Smooth Shaving!

Aaron ”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Can you recommend me a decent razor, shave cream & badger shaving brush?

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Philip Morgan, from the UK, asks:

“I am thinking of starting to use a DE razor after a lifetime of overpriced Gillettes and not very good Azors. However, I am utterly bewildered by the choices on offer, from pre-shaves to post-shave products, especially brushes, razors, and blades. Re the razor I would like one razor, instead of several different razors for different levels of “aggression”. I have a beard that is quite tough in places, and currently have to shave against the grain to get a decent result – shaving with the grain leaves my face only half shaved. Any advice you can give me across the whole board of shaving products would be greatly appreciated.”

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Morgan,
Thank you very much for your question! As wet shaving becomes ever more popular the number of choices and options grows exponentially! Confusion is easy, and I hope to help with that. Regarding your razor choice, I highly suggest going with the Merkur Progress. It is one of the most popular adjustable razors on the market right now, and is well loved by anyone that I’ve talked to that has used it. Another thing that will greatly affect this end of your shave is the blade. Buying a blade sampler is a very good way to find out which blade works best for your skin and hair type.

Regarding a brush go with a badger hair brush around 20mm in diameter. This will give you the all around best general application brush that you can use for now, and you can choose the grade of hair (Pure, Best, Finest, Silver tip) that suits your budget.

Any of the other products are really kind of up to you. Many of the top brands have complete lines of products that go from pre-shave to post-shave with everything in between. My suggestion is to go with a well known brand such as Bluebeard’s Revenge, Art of Shaving, Geo. F. Trumper’s, Taylor of Old Bond Street, Truefitt & Hill, Proraso, Speick or another of many numerous others and pick the scent that you like the best. This will give you great products to use and in a scent that you will enjoy!

Smooth Shaving!

Aaron ”

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