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Old 06-25-2012, 11:35 PM   #1
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Oh manly men of miataturbo.net, help this little boy have a better shaving experience.


Here's my situation: I shave my face 3-4 times a week, and down-south about 1-2 times a week. I currently use cheap disposable razors, the kind you'd get at any grocery store, and Gillette shave gel. I'm having trouble getting a clean shave. My razor doesn't give a smooth feeling on my face, almost like I have a light 5 o'clock shadow.

I've tried electric shavers, but they give me a crappy shave. Gillette sent me their fancy 5-blade razor, but the shave was terrible as well. Completely unacceptable. My cheapie razors do alright, but I'm sure there is something better out there. FWIW: I shave in the shower.

So; what do you use?
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I don't shave, but have you thought about the art of straight razor? That will get you clean.
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This topic is relevant to my interests. I'm in the crappy electric shave crew.
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I don't shave, but have you thought about the art of straight razor? That will get you clean.
I had a buddy that used one. It does give a great shave, but I'm a little concerned about using it on my neck.
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I had a buddy that used one. It does give a great shave, but I'm a little concerned about using it on my neck.
There will be accidents as you learn, but once you get it down, you will be glad. Or so I hear from people who converted. They say there is nothing like it, or even close.
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Mach 3 blades and decent Gillette or whatever gel here. Shave usually 6 times a week when in the states, 7 when not.

If no access to water, the cheap Bosch single-foil electrics on Amazon are pretty good.
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I use a Gillette fusion 5, and sometimes I shave in the shower. Sometimes I also use a straight razor. I do find though that the fusion 5 gets a closer shave than the straight razor actually.
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I threw all my disposable ---- away. I could literally feel the blades tugging my face since my facial hair is really coarse. I tried everything to get a clean shave. All the types of gels, foams, 3 blades, 5 blades, pulsing blades, using a trimmer to get the hair down as far as I could before shaving, etc... It was pure misery and my face looked like it was rubbed raw.

I'm using a straight razor when needed. Best decision I've ever made for my face (minus my current mustache)

Right now I have a clean stubble (electric trimmer w/ no guard to clean the edges and no.1 for the height) and a waxed handlebar mustache, so the straight razor won't be getting any love for awhile.

It really sounds like you're in the same boat as I was. Spend the money on a straight razor kit. It's worth every penny. Also, take a look at how freakishly expensive popular shaving products are, you're straight razor will pay for itself.
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+1 on straight razor and proper accessories.
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I use a double edged razor and feather blades, with a cheap brush and proraso shaving cream. i used to have a rash all the time, now Im sweet.

Always shower first, very wet face etc,

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and a waxed handlebar mustache, so the straight razor won't be getting any love for awhile.
---- yeah dude! I'm working on one myself right now. Though I also have sideburns and currently a scraggly beard of sorts. My beard doesn't grow very well. I'll probably do away with it.
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You gotta shave against the grain. So on your cheek, shave up, not down. Do it in a steamy shower when the hot water has opened up your pores. I can't do it, make my face all red and I break out. Totally not worth it. But if you want a smooth shave, that's what you gotta do.

And hand held razors have not improved since the Mach III turbo. Don't get the standard Mach III, the turbo has a better gel strip.
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Old 06-26-2012, 05:16 AM   #13
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Curly stop there...

get the mach 3 turbo for its gel strip? WTF man.

get a real razor, a DE or a straight blade and learn to shave the proper way.
Like a man.

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Yes, the Mach III turbo gel strip lasts me for a few weeks worth of shaving. The regular Mach III gel strip will melt off in the shower just sitting there.

The razor is laid out like so: rubber squigy, 3 blades, gel strip. So when the gel strip goes bad, the blades rest directly on the skin and start to irritate my skin more.

Small print: I have sensitive skin, don't need to use a straight blade to prove I'm a man, don't want to spend more than 3 minutes shaving, and am perfectly happy with the results my Mach III give me.
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I have been trying to learn the double-edge razor for a year and I just can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. The shave is not any closer than with my shick quatro, but there is more irritation and it takes 3 times as long. I want to get rid of the irritaiton so it's worth the extra time, but I have watched videos and read a bunch of instructions and I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong.
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Do it in a steamy shower when the hot water has opened up your pores.
That is actually incorrect, a common misconception. When you really think about it, the pore is empty space. When you warm your skin you are causing it to expand and swell up, which in return closes pores. But it does soften skin and follicle. So you are right for the wrong reason. Just pointing that out, not trying to be a dick. I just found it interesting when I learned that.
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Did you really think this has not been discussed in the past?

https://www.miataturbo.net/showthrea...straight+razor
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I thought this thread seemed familiar. Mach 5 ftw!
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:28 AM   #19
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Oh manly men of miataturbo.net, help this little boy have a better shaving experience.


Here's my situation: I shave my face 3-4 times a week, and down-south about 1-2 times a week. I currently use cheap disposable razors, the kind you'd get at any grocery store, and Gillette shave gel. I'm having trouble getting a clean shave. My razor doesn't give a smooth feeling on my face, almost like I have a light 5 o'clock shadow.

I've tried electric shavers, but they give me a crappy shave. Gillette sent me their fancy 5-blade razor, but the shave was terrible as well. Completely unacceptable. My cheapie razors do alright, but I'm sure there is something better out there. FWIW: I shave in the shower.

So; what do you use?
small rechargeable trimmer from Andis for manscaping and if I don't shave for over a week:



panasonic wet/dry shaver for normal shaving:


the panasonic has a nice head that includes some shaving foils and some trimmer-esque features to catch longer hairs.

you can shave on the toilet or in the shower or whatever. you can also get the self-cleaning one for more money.

I tried the 3-round-wheel type norelco style shaver also but it didn't work as well and tended to catch the occasional whisker instead of cutting it.

but it really depends on your face and beard. the above works for me. I have pretty light growth and only shave once or twice a week.
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Grow a beard. Every two weeks I shave my head with a #0 guard and my beard with a #2 guard. I usually trim the beard once in between.

Did someone mention handlebar mustaches? This was me a few years ago:

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