How do you get a close shave?

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  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a 21-year-old male and I notice that no matter what I do, I can still see facial hair whether I shave or not. For the first few years of shaving, I relied on a Norelco 8894. However in the recent past I have decided that it does not do a very good job (despite replacing the blades) so I decided manual was the way to go. But still, I cannot get a close shave. I use shaving cream, of course, and I use a Gillete Sensor Excel razor (I have tried a variety, Schick Titanium, Gillete Mach III, etc.). I have tried in the shower (so that my skin is wet) and out of the shower - no difference. The skin feels mostly smooth to the touch but I can still see darkness in the areas and it looks very unprofessional. Sometimes people comment, saying things like "are you growing a mustache" or if I ask if it looks like I have shaved they will say "no". I thought maybe I was not applying enough pressure, but if I add more pressure then I get nicks and cuts. I have tried shaving in multiple directions (with / against the grain) - no change.

    So I ask, what am I missing? I did not think shaving was a terribly complex operation and yet I cannot seem to master it. Does anyone have any tips for how to get a super-close shave?
     
  2. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Just grow some facial hair. Covers up the problem and if you keep it trim it will still look professional
     
  3. protozoa macrumors regular

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    I don't think there is anything more you can do other than use shaving cream and a quality razor (one that has some sort of strip on it to help glide the thing... and maybe a double blade system). I've never come across an electric razor that did a decent job.

    Do you wet your face with warm water before you apply the foam? Something like this might help too.
     
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  5. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    have you tried neutrogena men razor defense shave gel? it gives a close shave and it's the best shave gel imho. i use that + mach3 (non-turbo) in the shower.
     
  6. GfPQqmcRKUvP macrumors 68040

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    Shecky: You just literally sent me on a 3 hour detour from my work to look at a lot of information on wet shaving. Very informative, and I think I'd love it, but I don't think I'm going to be dropping $90 on a full set up just yet. But once I do, Taylor of Old Bond Street's Eton College fragrance it is.
     
  7. ghall macrumors 68040

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    Go visit Sweeney Todd! He'll give you the closest shave you've ever known. :p
     
  8. klymr macrumors 65816

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    Once again, shecky has got me looking at spending all my money that I don't have. Those safety razors look awesome! If I wasn't cursed with not being able to grow facial hair I might reconsider the way I shave. However, a simple Mach 3 and Edge shave cream (the stuff in a tube, non-foaming) have treated me just fine (for the most part).

    I always shower first, and while in the shower I use a face wash to not only clean my face, but to help soften the hair. Then I get out and dry myself off and immediately apply the cream, letting it sit for a few minutes before shaving. I can for sure tell when the blade is getting old. Last time I bought new blades was probably close to a year ago, and I bought an 8 pack of blades. That goes to show how little hair I grow. I still like the idea of the safety razor though. I'm sure they are nice!
     
  9. shecky Guest

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    i should go on record and say i don't yet use any of the stuff in the links i provided :) though i do think i am going to get a cheapish brush and a tin of face lather soon.

    i have eastern european facial hair: dark, uneven and on pale skin. fortunately for me i also own my own business so i dont have to shave for nobody! (except the first few classes of each new semester when teaching.)

    having said that i shave 3 times a week or so. and i use a Mach 3 and aveno sensitive skin gel. i do it in the shower, when i condition my hair i also rub some on my face, let it sit while i wash, then rinse off, and vigorously rub the shaving gel into my face, shave, rinse. my lady tells me its just fine but i don't know, it never feels like a great shave, more like a "good enough" shave.
     
  10. klymr macrumors 65816

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    I'm still stuck looking at razors and shaving. Curses! I should be reading my typography book and getting my grid layout assignment done. Blah!
     
  11. iMacBook macrumors 6502a

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    I just use a normal shaver.

    After I finish shaving, I dab my fingers in water and feel on my face any stubble. If I find some, I just go over it with my shaver.
     
  12. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    wouldn't a single blade like at the barber shop be best?
     
  13. klymr macrumors 65816

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    That's part of what the wet shaving that shecky posted is about. There are different ways to wet shave. I personally would use a safety razor. I really like this razor, and I'm seriously thinking about getting it. The razor itself is about $25, and the blades are under $3 for 5 of them. That sure beats the money I'm paying for Mach 3 refills.

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  14. dsl4c macrumors member

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    I use my sensor excel, and keep a trimmed beard.. however; a few hours later i'm always getting a 5 o'clock shadow.. I chalk it up to being a macho kinda guy..
     
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    I too have just spent quite a time reading up on wet shaving! :D

    Does anyone know of a good online store in the UK that has this kind of stuff?
     
  18. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    There is this place which is pretty local to me. I was thinking about taking a trip down there tomorrow/early friday, but you can order online. Or here, or here

    Did anyone find themselves watching videos on youtube and reading shavemyface
     
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  20. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    After a hot shower is the best time. No irritation, and skin stays smooth.
     
  21. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    I must be lucky, because I don't get any issues with shaving.

    After I get out the shower, I use whatever shaving gel I happened to buy last (currently Gillette Fusion) and a Mach 3 Power razor. I seriously cannot imagine getting a closer shave than I currently do, no matter how much I spent. It's as if there was never any hair there.
     
  22. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    i think it also depends on your genetic makeup.

    some guys shave and 10 minutes later, have that 5 o'clock shadow. just the way it is. other guys have that severe juvenile skin where they don't need to shave for weeks.

    i never get a perfectly smooth shave, but good enough for the 7 months a year when i don't have a beard. i f'n hate shaving. royal pain in the a$$ imho :)
    I hate trimming the beard too. i literally let it rock n' roll for 5 months :)

    now, there was this razor that i had to use before my vasectomy... reminds me i need to call and get a few of those again :)
     
  23. jaydub macrumors 6502a

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    I second this. I've been using the Art of Shaving supplies for about two years now, and I'm very pleased with them.
     
  24. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all of the replies. To answer an early question, yes, I do wet my face before shaving.

    As I read through some of this stuff I decided I should give these double-edge safety razors a try. But I am wondering: which ones are worth the price? I mean, is there any difference between these two, priced at $24 and $50 (and these were on the cheap side)?

    http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/522941/5416107.htm

    http://www.theartofshaving.com/taos6/product.php?product=67003&group=11

    I am willing to give this a shot but I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on shaving unless it is going to yield perfect results. (Edit: Actually I don't think I'd want to spend hundreds no matter the results, but I can justify $20-50 if it will make a difference).
     

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