Hawleywoods is the place to go in Cali. I was actually going to get a cut and shave when we went up the PCH on our honeymoon last year but I had just gotten a haircut before the wedding and we didn't have time. I do have a tub of their haircream in my cabinet though.
there's a pretty good barber about 25 minutes from here. traditional but not old school, if that makes any sense. they do it right, but don't have that old school vibe. I got my hair cut there for my wedding and the dude did a great job. It's hard to find someone who can cut a good pompadour these days, too bad it so far away and kinda expensive.
Ya gotta buy the real nice model man. I have had two as well... in the last 10 years.
The one I have now works in the shower for wet too. Replace the blades once a year.
I can't even remember the last time I wet shaved, let alone had the time too.
different strokes for different folks. i may have used an electric razor 2-3 times in my life, and disliked it, been using multiblade razors for last 20 years or so and it was ok, but lately i started getting some irritation on my neck and i switched over to safety razors, and no more problems. i also think the safety razors look cool, i like how they feel, i get a better shave and its cheaper. i havent gotten into the whole brush/mug/soap thing yet cause i shave in the shower with just body wash so it doesnt take any extra time for me but eventually i wouldnt mind to give it a shot for like a weekend morning.
What's going on guys, just checking back on.
So, I have been wet shaving for the past 2 weeks or so, and I must say its very addictive. Like I said earlier, I decided to start out cheap, with a Lord razor and a few sample blades from amazon. I've been using colonel conk bay rum shave soap, and a badger hair brush I got from a art of shaving starter kit a year or so ago. I've been using a coffee mug to do my mixing.
So far, I've been very hit or miss on getting some good lather out of the shave soap, but have been sort of getting the hang of it lately. I think it may have to do with hard water, and I'm also having trouble keeping my lather warm.
The Lord razor feels pretty decent for being so cheap, but at the same time I don't really have anything to compare it to. I'm planning on picking up a Merkur HD very soon.
My first pass is always with the grain, and the second pass is across. I've only gone up to two passes so far, and planning to graduate to a third against the grain pass soon. My only real issue is that I have a sensitive neck and big Adams Apple, so its a bit tough to shave that area.
Today, I purchased some of the c.o. bigelow cream, which I'm super excited to try out. The info I've gotten from this thread has been great, as well as all the other sources I've found from you guys. Thanks!!
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What is the difference between the Merkur 34C and 38C? Im thinking about putting some shaving stuff on my Christmas wish list lol. Would either of those Merkur's be good for a beginner. Ive always used a Mach 3 but I want to get into this way of shaving. Should I get a razor with the teeth or without? Whats the purpose of the teeth?
Could somebody maybe put together a hypothetical kit for me of things I would need.
Im guessing I need a Razor (Merkur), Brush (Boars head dont know what brand I should get), stand, blades (what kind?), shaving cream, after shave? Anything I might be missing?
Thanks for the help.
and most other gear can be found at westcoastshaving.com. just remember to take your time and dont put too much pressure with the razor, just let it glide accross your face. Prep is key. befor you make the switch to DE practice a lil making lather.
so in short:
Razor: Merkur 34c, or 15c
Blades: Personna, crystal, feather
Soaps or creams: Ogallala, Col. conk, C.O. Bigelow(cream)
Aftershave: clubman, ogallala... again its all personal prefrence.
Brush: Omega, simpson depends on what you want to spend.
Lastly enjoy and have fun. I use to hate shaving and now it is pretty much a hobby and I look forward to shaving each day. Keep at it, its not something you're going to get perfect on the first try but it is worth it.
Dammit, I caved in! I just won an ebay auction for a Edwin Jagger EJ89L. Really dam excited about this, and not gonna shave till it comes later this week haha! This is really addicting. BTW I absolutely love the Bigelow cream. Lathers up beautifully, and the feeling it gives is fantastic. Can't wait to try it out with a real razor, instead of the cheap Lord DE I started out with 2 weeks ago.
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1- blade edge--> | |<--safety edge
5- blade edge--> | |<--safety edge
now just turn that sideways and you'll see what I mean.
Speaking to shaving soaps, I have the cocoa soap from Classic Shaving, I got it last November on our honeymoon and man, let me tell you, I can NOT kill this bar of soap. I don't shave everyday but a couple times a week. I still have a new-in-package bar that I got last year for Christmas I want to bust out.
Queen Charlotte or Mama Bear . Both I've heard are good I like Mama Bears seasonal and novelty soaps. French toast, bacon, cannabis along with theyre ton of regular scents.
I have a travel kit, but those who don't, this is a good idea:
For those who use a shaving brush, here's a tip when traveling:
Instead of buying a dedicated travel shaving brush (which cost money), you can instead create a travel case for your brush with a used-up toilet paper roll. It works nicely — the brush fits just right, and the "casing" allows it to breath/air dry. I use a rubber band to secure it from falling out.
No. The lowest ( which is the highest numerical) setting allows for a "first run" through thicker hair. You will cut the **** out of yourself if you try to shave a non bearded face on #9. Setting 3# seems to work the best for daily shaving for me, #5 for every few days and #8-9 for Grizzly Adams days, followed by a #3 for a smooth finish.
These things can be found on ebay or in antique shops for $5. They are stainless. I got mine NOS with paper wrapped blades in the original plastic clam shell box for $7.50.