Archive for the ‘Shaving techniques’ Category

Review of the RazorPit Razor Blade Sharpener

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Let’s review the RazorPit: Mankind has launched exclusively in the UK the RazorPit, a revolution that will change the shaving experience and  decrease the expenses related to it.  The RazorPit is a razor blade sharpener made of a small silicone plate that within a few seconds sharpens the razor blades, making them as good as new. In just a few strokes on the RazorPit, you will extend the life of blades for up to a year. It also removes and clean the soap coverings, skin and hair that accumulate to the cutter blade and makes them dull. RazorPit is imperishable and by extending the razor blades life, you can do your bit for the environment and save yourself money as you will not need to replace them as often. The RazorPit can be purchased here for only £19.95.

RazorPit Razor Blade Sharpener - Only £19.95

Buy the RazorPit Razor Blade Sharpener for only £19.95

Razorpit Compatible razors

Razorpit is compatible with practically every shaver/razor on the market today (about 95% of razors), such as Gillette Mach 3, Gillette Mach 3 Turbo, Gillette Mach 3 Power, Gillette Mach 3 Power Turbo, Gillette Fusion, Gillette Fusion Power, Gillette Fusion Stealth, Gillette Venus, Gillette Venus Devine, Gillette Vibrance, all Wilkinson razors and a long list of other brands and models.

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Electic shaver maintenance

Monday, December 15th, 2008

In our special electric shaver posts (Discovering electric shavers and Best electric shaving practices), we’ll see how to maintain an electric shaver to keep the shaving sharp and comfortable. First thing first: Do not throw away the manual! Indeed, take the time to read carefully your shaver manual and keep it next to its warranty card. This will help you to ensure that you use the electric shaver the proper way and how to perform its maintenance.

This is a summary of a tips for a proper shaver maintenance, complementary to the manual of you shaver, you should not contradict it:

Clean regularly your shaver’s screen and cutter

On most shavers, you can lift off the head frame which holds the screen to brush out any whisker residue. The shaver is usually sold with a cleaning brush designed for this purpose. The cutter, located below the screen, is the area you need to brush out carefully. Avoid touching the screen with the brush as it is very fragile and you light damage it. Take the habit to clean your shaver at least every third shave, preferably more frequently.
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Best electric shaving practices

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Electric shaving is divided into a few processes to insure the best results. The preparation is one of the most important part, especially for people with sensitive skin. Dry electric shavers require the hairs to be dry and stiff before the shaving starts, the complete opposite of the traditional shaving, where the hairs and the skin need to be highly moisterised. The dryer are the hairs, the easier to shear them one they get inside the head of the shaver.

Therefore, you should never start by washing your face or wetting the beard with water. Instead, you might want to prepare your beard with a pre-shave lotion especially designed for electric shavers, which dry up the oils and moisture on your skin and make the whiskers stand straight up. These pre-shave lotions are often alcohol based.

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The Art of lathering in video

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Following my post about how to make a great shaving lather, I think it will be also interesting to see it on a video. I borrow another time a great video made by mantic59, where he demonstrates in style how to do a great lather. I love his videos, they are very instructive and also very funny. (more…)

Great Shaving Lather: Fast and Easy

Monday, December 1st, 2008

It exists many techniques to develop a great shaving lather. Given the brush, cream or soap, and the water conditions which you have to work with, you will find the technique that works the best for your shaving. This is an introduction to demonstrate the basics and I encourage you to experiment and change it as you need.

Water quality varies a lot from a place to another, based on its mineral composition or “hardness” which has a big influence on the development of a great shaving lather. For instance, two persons using the same soap / cream and using the same techniques to produce their lather, but located in different places will have significant different results. The rule is simple: The harder the water, the harder to get a great lather. (more…)

Disclaimer

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Since the subject matter presented on Luxury Razors deals with “Sharp Objects“  and that “people could hurt themselves with” I should make the following clear:

The information presented here is provided for informational purposes only and is to be relied upon at your own risk. We cannot accept any responsibility for it’s misuse, or misinterpretation. The information is intended for use by responsible adults, and good judgement and common sense should be exercised whenever handling sharp or dangerous articles.

Dealing with ingrown hairs

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Ingrown hairs, also known under the medical term of “pseudofolliculitis barbae”, often occurred on people with curly or afro hair. During the shaving, hair roots are left in the follicle. Most of them will grow out of the follicle, but some will curve and get stuck under the skin. The problem is that these hairs will keep growing under the skin, becoming ingrown hairs. The skin becomes irritated and the body produces a lumpy reaction.

A few products have been created to deal with this particular problem, once the hair already started to grow under the skin. The best solution to cure ingrown hairs is to soak a towel in hot water and apply it on the skin for a few minutes until the skin and the hair get soften. Then, pull the end of the hair out of the bump using sterilised tweezers (to minise infections), without removing the whole hair, just the loose end. The temptation of pluck the ingrown hair is high as it is such a cause of pain, but doing so might imply having the same problem the next time the hair is growing. Helping the hair to stick out of the skin will heal the follicle and solve the problem for a long time.

Understanding ingrowing hairs

Understanding ingrowing hairs

Here is a list of tips to prevent ingrown hairs and shaving rashes:

  • Don’t pull on the skin while shaving as it could make hairs pop out of the follicle. Afterwards, the cut tip retracts into the follicle and might cause an ingrowing hair.
  • Avoid a too close shave: indeed, the closer you cut the hair the more change the hair will grow under the skin. If the hair is a little bit longer, it is almost at the surface of the skin, and will find it way out more easily.
  • Always shave in the direction of the hair growth, so the shave will not be as closed and no hairs will curve under the skin.
  • Exfoliation might help to remove dead skin, often harder, making the growth of the hair easier.
  • In the worst case, try not to shave for a few days for your skin to heal and get strength.
  • The final solution, the most extreme, is to have a permanent hair removal, either through electrolysis or laser.

Twin-blade razors: The hysteresis effect

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Twin-blade razors use the “hysteresis effect”, discovered in 1964 by Mr Welsh, meaning that when a blade engages a whisker, it extends the whisker of the hair follicle before cutting it, and there is a finite amount of time before the stubble fully retracts. Therefore, if a second blade reached the stubble before it retracts, it will produce an exceptionally closer shave, for a longer time. The first “hysteresis effect” blades were then created by mounting the twin blades on a cartridge, as it featured on the Atra razor in the early 70s.

Twin blade cartridges

Twin blade cartridges

Meanwhile, Gillette worked on its own tandem blade system and created the “Rex”. The researchers found out that there system produced an equality close shave and virtually nick-free shave, taking full advantage of the “hysteresis effect”.

Many studies have been done to confirm the efficiency of this effect. Gillette performed slow motion microphotography to demonstrate that hysteresis does work. The interesting part is that men magazine tested too different kind of blades, including twin-blades, and the result went the opposite way! For example, in 1974, Consumers’ Research magazines tested four cartridge razors and declared the best to be Wilkinson’s, the one from the selection being single blade (The Wilkinson blade was good for 40 shaves, compared with 7-10 for Gillette, Schick, and Personna. Big problem for the twin blades: they got clogged up with gunk pretty fast). Many studies were done, the result never changed.

The down side of the hysteresis effect, is that the stubble could get cut so short, that the hair will grow back under the skin causing ingrowing hairs, inflammations, infections, and sometimes worse! Remember to hydrate your skin generously, get your whiskers wet enough and use foam to prepare the beard for the shave.

Tutorial: How to shave with a single-blade razor

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

This is a very interesting video which introduces the difference between razors, the composition of single-blade razors, such as a Merkur Progress, and the difference between type of blades (remember to try many different kind). This video also focuses on the technics to use to ensure a nice and clean shave without hurting your skin by using carefully your single-blade razor. For example, you will have to re-learn how to shave by moving carefully the razor on your face, applying the right angle to ensure a clean result.

A big thank you goes to mantic59 for this great video! Have a great shave!


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