Sorry folks, this ain’t got nothing to do with any of that! Well… for the most part… I know that beards are the ‘in’ thing as of late, just like bacon, but you can’t go wrong with a fresh, clean shave.
The other ritual some of us guys got, aside from greasin’ up, is shaving. It doesn’t matter if you rock a beard now, at one time or another, you had your little shaving ritual. It’s one thing men just have to do. Whether you’re using a straight razor on yourself, a disposable razor, a five bladed Mach 5, or hell, even an electric razor… You got your little shaving ritual and it’s your own. Simple as that.
Now, this little ritual is usually passed down from a father to his son. But for some of us, we had to learn on our own. Me, included. And with us not having another persons guild lines to follow, you can sure as hell bet that there’s been a shit ton of trial and error! Since I have sensitive skin, it showed when I’ve messed up. And trust me, it wasn’t pretty!
Of course, there’s nothing that beats being shaved by a barber who yields a straight razor. It just doesn’t get any better than that. It’s quite expensive to maintain your facial hair that way, and for me, I don’t have enough facial hair for me to want to maintain it that way! If only, right? But we all have to make due with what we got.
Living in the Philippines, I didn’t have the luxury of having an electric razor or a Mach 5 with all of its $$$ refill cartridges. (YOU KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE THOSE FUCKERS ARE???) Hell, I didn’t even have the luxury of having hot water! I had to balance between using disposable razors, and using a specific razor for the main first shave, then another one throughout the week, then rotate. And now I’m back in the US! HAH!
Regardless of the living conditions, I still maintained my shaving ritual. If only I were able to enjoy it in a hot shower… That blade would’ve felt SO much better.
But after coming back and freely having access to the internet, I found this little gem. This video, would’ve saved a ton of money, had I discovered this any sooner. You know how many disposable razors and Mach 5 cartridges I’ve gone through??? You know how much money I could’ve saved! CADILLAC MONEY, HOLMES! Just kidding… Hopefully…
[WARNING: Topless old man. NSFW. Just kidding. Unless you get freaky to that…]
While this doesn’t seem right to some people. You have to trust me, it works! No, it won’t shave your hair off of your arms, because the blades face the opposite way!
This little method has become apart of my shaving ritual. And it works perfectly. While I haven’t used one single razor for whatever many years, I manage to use one for a good couple of months. Somehow, it’ll get mixed up with my lady’s razor, and I just give up. You don’t want certain down-there-hairs around your face! Well, there’s a time and place for that, and that time and place is not while you’re shaving! For the few of you who like that during shaving… Well… I guess you can change the phrase from “As soft as a baby’s bottom,” to… You can figure that one out for yourselves ;).
Of course, this is just one minute detail into shaving. But hey, it’s quite a good one, don’t you think?
While there’s much more to shaving that just the razor blades, such as direction of the shave, tightening of the skin, type of shaving cream/foam/gel, cleaning of the blades, lathering up, aftershave, before-during or after a shower, pressure, cold water splash, etc etc etc and more etc… Regardless, it’s a helpful one, that’ll help guys clean up and look proper, under any circumstance. You can’t say you were stuck on an island, with a single disposable razor blade and couldn’t shave the whole time you were there!
I just had a dream about getting a straight razor. Maybe it’s time to invest in one… But until I do…
Keep it greasy, folks!