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For 29 years - apart from a short fling with an terrible electrical shaver - I used a multi-bladed cartridge razor thinking that was the absolute best device for the job. Each few years I might purchase the new mannequin with yet one more blade only to find it finished the job exactly the identical - that's - to depart me with a horrible red rash and irritable skin that must be shaved again the following day and barely allowed to heal.

By likelihood at some point I stumbled on a safety razor. I was immediately taken by it is old fashioned design and high quality appearance. Then I heard that these things have been actually supposed to present you a better shave than cartridge razors reminiscent of your Gillettes and Wilkinson Swords, and that the blades cost considerably less. I immediately purchased one to offer it a go but expected to be disappointed.

Getting used to using it was a little bit of a studying curve. I would grow to be accustomed to having no regard for the angle of the blade and pressing the razor to my face, after three passes with the safety razor my skin still felt slightly irritated and I had a number of tiny weeping cuts.

However, I still felt loads less irritation compared to my old cartridge razor so decided to provide the safety razor a month's trial, keeping the triple bladed razor handy until I'd made my mind up or was in a rush. Nevertheless, I've nonetheless yet to use it.

After doing my research, studying the proper blade angle and realising that the load of the razor applies the pressure moderately than my hand, the safety razor was providing glorious shaves. I went from skipping a days shaving whenever I might to let my skin heal to shaving every day with no rash or irritation. I learnt how the hair on my face grows in all completely different directions and the best combos of strokes to use to cut them. I learnt about appropriate preparation pre-shave which is something I'll go into in a future post. Best of all, shaving turned from a torturous every day chore to be endured into a soothing, meditative ritual.

So how can a design that was all however deserted forty years ago supply a superior expertise to the fashionable design that changed it? Why was the design of the safety razor changed in any respect? To reply the primary question we must look at how the cartridge razor works. In all the adverts we're told that these products provide the closest shave potential, however how do they try this?

The design is such that the bottom blade in the cartridge either cuts the hair or pulls it. If it cuts the hair it's going to additionally pull the hair slightly out of the skin and the second blade will minimize it once more earlier than it absolutely retracts back into the skin. If it pulls the hair it would do the same thing, pulling the follicle forward and letting the second (or third, or forth) blade lower the hair higher up earlier than the hair retreats. This provides a detailed shave, but can even leave the hair minimize beneath the level of the skin. This is what was the reason for my day by day discomfort. I wonder how many males with 'pseudofolliculitis barbae' or 'razor rash' continue to shave with these razors that irritate or cause their condition.

As for the question of why the safety razor design was abandoned, my view is that it was a intelligent advertising trick by a very giant razor producer, maybe the inventor of the 'loss leader' advertising strategy, but I am going to go away it there.

With a safety razor, I discovered that I could get a shave that felt as shut, i.e I could not really feel that hair was present or make that scratchy sound you get if you run your fingers over your five O'Clock shadow, however not so shut that it caused me irritation.

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