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If you can spring $5 extra bucks or so, I highly recommend the Edwin Jagger DE89. Very high quality. Not the most aggressive razor ever, but gives a very nice shave and won’t irritate your face. I have had 5 or 6 other razors, and this is the one I use 90% of the time.
Using a one bladed safety razor has completely STOPPED my in grown hair issue.
I use that cheap one from Amazon. Works great and only took about a week to get used to it vs my Mach 3.
You should seriously try a double edge razor. Blades are way cheaper, and most people find that one blade gives a better shave than the current crop of multi-blade cartridge razors.
I've liked this one. Give it a try, you may never go back
Get a Double Edge Safety razor. There are many to choose from, I recommend this one as a good general purpose starter. Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor
Once you start shaving with a DE and saving money on top of it, you'll wonder why you didn't do it before.
I also recommend getting a pack of misc DE blades (Amazon) so you can try different ones. Every face is different, so different men prefer different blades. I like the Feather brand myself, but you might like something else.
(Straight razors are great, but too much a pain in the ass maintenance-wise when you need to go to work and you want a quick shave on the go.)
> I can see the tiny hairs inside the bumps
This happens with kp, too, but I haven’t seen any photos and you would know your body better than I would. If they are ingrown hairs, consider switching to a Safety Razor, changing your shaving cream, using aftershave or isopropyl alcohol afterward, and then moisturizing immediately and frequently.
But my money is on kp.
Keratosis pilaris results from the buildup of keratin — a protein that protects skin. The keratin forms a hard plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Read that again: hair follicle. That’s why you’re going to find hair in the bump. Usually many plugs form, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. But it’s painless and irritation free. It’s just unsightly and rough to the touch. Dry skin tends to worsen this condition. Exfoliation can temporarily relieve symptoms.
This one has great reviews: [link]
Merkur is also a great brand. I have the long handled one.
Sounds like you found a solution with the electric razor...but did you ever try shaving with a double edged safety razor? I also have pretty sensitive skin and when I swapped from a modern multi-bladed razor with refillable cartridges to a safety razor the redness and pimples went down a bit.
Nice thing about doing business with Amazon is they have a great return policy. If it hasn't been too long consider returning it. I've had the EJ DE89Lbl for about a year. I have no problems with holding on to it, and it feel secure in my hand.
Seriously, your best option is to sell the gift card and use the money to buy a the basic starter kit from Maggard Razors or the equivalent kit from Stirling Soaps.
If you've already redeemed the card and don't have any way to convert it to cash (Seriously? None of your friends need anything from Amazon?) your options are somewhat limited. For a razor I'd get either an Edwin Jagger or a Merkur 34c. There are finally a few decent synthetic brush options like the $13 Fendrihan "Tuxedo". Soaps are a minefield, but you can find some great values like Pre de Provence for $11 or DR Harris Windsor in a wooden bowl for $23 (the bowl is a big part of that cost; refills are less expensive). Get a blade sampler with 2-3 each of 5-10 blades like this one or this one. And maybe some aftershave - a balm if you have dry skin, an alcohol-based splash if you don't.
As to whether to shave something other than your face first, there's no need. If you pay attention to what you're doing it's nearly impossible to give yourself a serious cut - they call 'em "safety razors" for a reason. Just focus on getting your blade angle right and using minimal pressure and you'll be fine.
Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89
Brush: Fendrihan Synthetic
Shaving Cream: Speick (currently overpriced)
Or if you want to go for a Shaving Soap:
Shaving Soap: PdP 63
B&M Latha Oceana
AfterShave: Nivea Sensitive Cooling (or get one from local drugstore, walmart etc (non cooling version))
Blades: Get this from tryablade.com
But if I were you:
I would get: the DE89 razor from Amazon, a 22mm synthetic brush from Maggard Razors, B&M Seville Shave soap/Speick Shave Cream from Maggard Razors, Blade Sampler from tryablade, and nivea aftershave balm sensitive from Local stores
Merkur razors aren't bad (most of them aren't, anyway), but IMO they're not all that great, either. And they're pretty badly overpriced.
If you want to get a name-brand razor in the $30 price range, I'd recommend an Edwin Jagger instead. You can pick up a DE89L for about $27 on Amazon. The fit and finish are significantly better than anything Merkur makes, and most people who've used both prefer the shave, too.
The Muhle R89 uses the same head as the Edwin Jagger, and if you buy it from an EU vendor it's only about $35. It costs nearly double that in the US, though, so make sure you don't overpay.
If you really want to get a Merkur, the 34c is probably your best choice. But it's around $45 - the same as it cost 10 years ago - while all the other manufacturers' prices have dropped significantly in the intervening decade.
I went on amazon bought a brush for 10.00, a relatively cheap DE razor for about 27.00 a stand for 10 and a soap for 10.00, I would recommend trying a soap sampler to find one you like. You can find starter packs as well, and I would do that. I was trying to be somewhat frugal but ended up needing more than I thought. Most razors come with a free pack of blades, usually at least 5, and that should last you approximately 15 shaves, so at least two weeks. After that I recommend going with some kind of blade sampler since a lot of packs come with a hundred blades and if you buy the wrong blade you might be out the 10 or 15 that it cost.
It takes longer than a cartridge razor to shave, and requires more skill and attention, but the whole process is much more enjoyable with better results.
I recommend going the cheap route until you're sure you like it, and as you wear out the items you buy (bristles comes out of my brush almost every shave, a couple at a time) then buy the next level up. It can be extremely expensive, but like anything there's also regular people versions of all the expensive stuff too.
For your reference:
> Im looking to get a razor on Amazon due to convenience, any suggestions would be appreciated.
Honestly, I understand where you're coming from. I think a lot of us coming in have the same thought, you're in unfamiliar territory trying to order from an unknown source and amazon is a safe, known place to pick things up. However, if you choose to upgrade, I strongly recommend going to somewhere like Maggard Razors. The owners run an excellent customer focused business, that out does amazon by a mile on a lot of things. There are some commercial items you can do better on through amazon if you know what you're looking for, but in general, they are just the best place to go. You can check out safely through Pay Pal, and they ship very quickly. I think if you look around you'll see and endless amount of recommendations for using them here, and for very good reason. In the world of wet shaving, it just doesn't get more convenient than Maggards.
Specifically if I were in your position, I would order an MR-1 or an MR-5 and select the V3A head. It will run you about $26 + shipping. You won't get a more efficient razor than that from amazon for that price. It is considered to be on the more aggressive side for razors, but you've been at it for six months, so it shouldn't be an issue. I find it to be very comfortable to use, and it's currently one of my favorite razors.
All that being said, if you want some options from amazon, here are a few. The one you linked above was my first DE, and I would not recommend it. It was inefficient (very mild), and I don't care for the thin hollow handle.
Most of the results that come up if you search amazon for safety razors, are just overpriced weishi or baili clones, which is same thing you have right now. The rest are EJ clones that may be coming out of Pakistan and have serious QC issue. A prime example of something to avoid is that Viking Blade razor near the top of the results, which is a $9 baili razor selling for nearly $40. Be careful to avoid stuff like that, which is one more reason why places like Maggards are held in high regard. They are very transparent about all the things they sell, and you don't have to worry about getting scammed.
Below are some kit options.
You can add alum and styptic pencil, but I don't find them necessary.
Another option for the razor is the Edwin Jagger DE8x. Amazon currently has good discounted prices on the Edwin Jagger DE8x razors. The only difference with the Edwin Jagger DE8x razors is the handle. Also the Edwin Jagger razors come with 5 Derby blades.
In general Mantic59 and Geofatboy have good videos on youtube. There is also <strong>a book</strong> written by Leisureguy, it is available in all amazon sites.
This beginners guide to boar brushes is good read as well. However I wouldn't recommend the boiling water thing that is in there.
I use this: Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor [link]
Be sure to also buy blades for it if you decide to get it.
I'm from Canada. I too started with Amazon. There is nothing wrong with some of the stuff on there; it's quality. I did research on Reddit & YouTube first, but here is what I had gotten...
Edwin Jagger De89lbl (same as de89bl but better grip) Here
Rocky Mountain Barber Sandalwood shaving cream Here
100% pure badger hair brush & stand Here
I’ll probably repeat a few things you’ve been told already, but here we go.
-The cheap foam stuff is perfectly fine. I use the 99 cent can from target. I used to use the more expensive gel foams, but I’ve had the same results either way.
-Warm up a rag for your face, the razor, and the foam. I usually fill the sink with hot water from the sink and let it all soak for a few minutes before shaving.
-Don’t go against the grain. Ingrown hairs suck. The trade off is that you’ll shave more often.
-Get some decent tweezers because you’re going to fuck around and cause an ingrown hair or 12. They suck. Deal with it.
-Personally, I’d go with aftershave that doesn’t have alcohol. They don’t burn and they usually smell better (aka they don’t smell like old dudes).
-Just like your legs, if your face gets irritated after a shave, make sure you give your face a break for a few days. Sometimes the skin needs a break, sometimes you got something fungal going on.
And now a little bit about razors.
Learn with cheap razors. When you get comfortable, upgrade to a nice one. The cheap razors are usually more gentle on your face and allow you to figure out your contours and trouble spots.
Good article for cheap razors: [link]
A good article about safety razors (single blade but will cut the fuck out of you): [link]
That being said, this is what I use. But again, these will cut you if you go too fast or hit the slightest raised part of your skin (like if you smile or hold your face weird for a second). I’d shave with cheap/decent disposables for a while before upgrading: Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor [link]
You’ll learn at your own pace and develop your own routines. You’ll figure out quickly what your face is or isn’t a fan of.
Keep us posted!
How about this one?
Thanks for the tips.
This is the razor that I use, what do you think of it?
>I might recommend
>this Edwin Jagger DE89
> which is a very popular choice for someone in your position, and is often one that veterans use as well. I might see if a knurled handle option is available that would give you more grip, but it might be more pricey.
>This looks like a solid choice - the knurled grip is 3x the price:
>Any idea why its that expensive??
I use this one with Kai blades and its my fav out of the three I've tried so far. Definitely second getting some good quality soap or cream and a decent brush, it makes all the difference in the world.
Check out the badger and blade forums for a LOT of really good info on all things shaving, lol. Also, as far as blades go, these guys are awesome. Nice easy way to put together a selection of blades to try without having to buy a bunch of 5packs you'll never use.
Getting rid of that cartridge razor will be a godsend, you won't regret switching to wet-shaving... Unless you get addicted to the hobby like most of us, then you'll probably end up spending way more then your current cartridge razor!
I don't have a ton of time to write a thorough response but I highly recommend the Edwin Jagger DE89 for your first DE razor. They have many different style handles but the heads are all the same. The traditional lined handle is generally the one I recommend, they occasionally go on sale for under $30. /r/wicked_edge has a ton of great info on the sidebar and also this question gets asked fairly often that I'm sure you could find some similar threads.
I personally started with the Van Der Hagen Luxury Shaving Set and although it was a crappy set, it actually was a good starting point. I quickly upgraded several of the items but it got me started with everything I needed (except the razor & blades).
www.tryablade.com has blade samplers, it's important to find a blade that works best for you.
Nivea Sensitive Balm & Pinaud Clubman Aftershave are inexpensive staples that I always recommend to newbies. Oh and you can not go wrong with any of the Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Creams, Eton College and Jermyn Street are probably the two most popular and my personal favorites. They are inexpensive and easy to use.
I use this razor.
With these blades.
/r/wicked_edge is a cool place to go and learn more.
Here is some more info.
Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor [link]
Why are you dving me when I gave what you asked for?
I was thinking of a Merkur, or this one:
IMO I would go with a DE89L and a Whipped Dog Silvertip brush (once they come back in stock). But everything else looks like a great starter kit.
Maybe add a stand?
Edwin Jagger DE89