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For a number of years, I used a Gillette Sensor. It had a handle with disposable blades. Every few months, I'd just buy a new pack of blades and I was happy. Especially since I've never found an electric shaver that didn't irritate my skin.

But of course, over the years, the packs of blades became more expensive ... and then finally, about a month ago, the handle broke ... and of course Gillette has discontinued the brand so that now I can only find blades for the system .... but no handle.

Now I gotta start all over. bang
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I have not always been right, but I have always been sincere." ~ W.E.B. Du Bois ~~~~~~~~~~~
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Originally posted by Khalliqa:
Got a question:

My son is growing a beard! ek

I've read a few things..

1. Shave every day...

2. Shave every other day..

3. Never start shaving...

which is it?


Frown
Not knowing you, your son or his age, this is a hard question to answer.
Either way he goes it will be a challenge.
So my first question, is your son old enough and responsible enough for the "upkeep" of his beard or shaving? My reason for asking is that it takes a lot of dedication.
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Originally posted by ocatchings:
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Originally posted by Khalliqa:
Got a question:

My son is growing a beard! ek

I've read a few things..

1. Shave every day...

2. Shave every other day..

3. Never start shaving...

which is it?


Frown
Not knowing you, your son or his age, this is a hard question to answer.
Either way he goes it will be a challenge.
So my first question, is your son old enough and responsible enough for the "upkeep" of his beard or shaving? My reason for asking is that it takes a lot of dedication.


I'm sorry he's 14.. and starting to grow a beard.. (his daddy was like that too so...*shrugs*)

He LOVES the fact that he is growing hair faster than his peers.. but he wants to "shape" it.. (the exactly 23.5 hairs he has on his chin) and although I want to pluck the few stray ones.. he wants to go all out and "shave".. sck Plus.. when he goes to the barber shop (he has a few) sometimes the barber will shape his side burns... AND his mini moustache.. lol... He likes the look.. but mommy is not sure about the effects on his young skin...

So I asked around, but men have different grooming habits.. and I heard everything from

do it everyday, every other day to don't do it..

I just thought I'd get a better consensus than that..

He still seems so young...

Is he responsible? I don't know.. He's responsible with things that are important to him.. He keeps up his grades.. and his appearance.. but his room not so much.. lol... I suppose because he likes it he would.. hard to tell until he starts.. but that's what I'm worried about...
No it is not 100% cosmetics because if it were I would get haircuts more often than I shave. I think I was well in to my 30s before I started shaving, and even then, it was with a trimmer, not a razor. I started using a razor on the regular probably in the last 5 years. I shave maybe twice a week. Sometimes I wait until my face and neck are painful to the touch.

My advice would be to use an electric razor or trimmer, he could use it every day because it is not going to cut anything to the face, but there obviously is no need to use it everyday. Shaving as fun as it looks, ain't nothing to rush to.
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Originally posted by Wiz:
No it is not 100% cosmetics because if it were I would get haircuts more often than I shave. I think I was well in to my 30s before I started shaving, and even then, it was with a trimmer, not a razor. I started using a razor on the regular probably in the last 5 years. I shave maybe twice a week. Sometimes I wait until my face and neck are painful to the touch.

My advice would be to use an electric razor or trimmer, he could use it every day because it is not going to cut anything to the face, but there obviously is no need to use it everyday. Shaving as fun as it looks, ain't nothing to rush to.


See this is the sentiment I have... I don't want him to damage his face! Can you recommend a razor? and how it should be used?

Thanks btw...
one of those $20 beard trimmers from Walgreens will do fine. They are great for trimming and they really are nice for your skin since they do not cut hair beneath the skin.

My mother felt the same way, I remember how excited I was to be issued a razor in boot camp and commanded to shave every day. I told my mother and she told me not to take a razor to my face no matter what 'they' said do. As much as they said they were 'inspecting' us, I never shaved and never got called on it.

Make him wait as much as you can to put a blade to his face.
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Originally posted by Wiz:
one of those $20 beard trimmers from Walgreens will do fine. They are great for trimming and they really are nice for your skin since they do not cut hair beneath the skin.

My mother felt the same way, I remember how excited I was to be issued a razor in boot camp and commanded to shave every day. I told my mother and she told me not to take a razor to my face no matter what 'they' said do. As much as they said they were 'inspecting' us, I never shaved and never got called on it.

Make him wait as much as you can to put a blade to his face.


Thank you very much wiz..
Anybody here still use Magic Shave. That is some nasty stuff. I used it in high school because I broke out and had ingrown hair from both a razor and an electric shaver.

I got so sick of it that by college, I just went with a beard and used clippers for shaping. Till this day, I do not use a razor on my face. On my head, no problem, but on my face, no way.
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Originally posted by Wiz:

My mother felt the same way, I remember how excited I was to be issued a razor in boot camp and commanded to shave every day. I told my mother and she told me not to take a razor to my face no matter what 'they' said do. As much as they said they were 'inspecting' us, I never shaved and never got called on it.


My brother just told me a *shaving* story the other day about when he was in the service. He was in the Air Force and stationed in Thailand. He said that because of the razor bump problems caused by shaving, all of the Black soldiers were given waivers that said that they didn't have to shave. And if you had one, your commander had to accept it.

However, while he was over there, my Dad had had a (non-fatal) heart attack and the Red Cross had arranged for my bro to come home to visit him in the hospital. But, when he got on the military plane, the pilot wouldn't let him because he was not shaved. And he hadn't thought to bring the waiver with him ... so the pilot actually kicked him off the plane and he was unable to come! Eek
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Originally posted by kresge:
Anybody here still use Magic Shave. That is some nasty stuff.


I never used it, because like you said that stuff is nasty and it smells awful. When I was a teen, one of my uncles who used magic shave put some on and left it on to long and it pulled the skin right off of his face.

That was all I needed to let me know to never use it.
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Originally posted by ac9311:
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Originally posted by kresge:
Anybody here still use Magic Shave. That is some nasty stuff.


I never used it, because like you said that stuff is nasty and it smells awful. When I was a teen, one of my uncles who used magic shave put some on and left it on to long and it pulled the skin right off of his face.

That was all I needed to let me know to never use it.


what is magic shave? Is this some kinda contraband I need to watch out for? lol... no seriously that sounds scary...


What's the difference between trimmers and razors? Don't they both have blades? Have you guys ever used a pumice stone? If you have fine hair it exfoliates and makes your skin smooth and removes the hair all at once...! Though you have to use it gently... wait.. I don't know if you would want to use it on your face.. I'll have to check into that...
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Originally posted by Khalliqa:
quote:
Originally posted by ac9311:
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Originally posted by kresge:
Anybody here still use Magic Shave. That is some nasty stuff.


I never used it, because like you said that stuff is nasty and it smells awful. When I was a teen, one of my uncles who used magic shave put some on and left it on to long and it pulled the skin right off of his face.

That was all I needed to let me know to never use it.


what is magic shave? Is this some kinda contraband I need to watch out for? lol... no seriously that sounds scary...


What's the difference between trimmers and razors? Don't they both have blades? Have you guys ever used a pumice stone? If you have fine hair it exfoliates and makes your skin smooth and removes the hair all at once...! Though you have to use it gently... wait.. I don't know if you would want to use it on your face.. I'll have to check into that...

First - the pumice stone will not work on your face

Second - Magic Shave

This is a picture of MLK's briefcase at the Lorraine Hotel. That can on top is Magic Shave. It is a powder that you add water to for a paste. It is then applied with a spatula on your face. You then wait a prescribed length of time, and then you take the spatula and scrap it off. With the paste comes your beard. Think of it as Nair on steroids. It dissolves the hair (and a very then layer of the epidermis). I think the instruction say to not use it more frequently than every three days.

It stinks, it is messy, time consuming, and can cause skin irritation. If you are a black man of a certain age, there are all kinds of stories about this stuff and the various mishaps associated with it.

Finally, the difference between a razor and a trimmer is that the trimmer does not cut the hair as close as the razor, but close enough to look clean and neat. A razor will cut the hair at or below the surface of the skin (see an add for any razor commercial on TV). The problem for black men is that the tip of the hair follicle is left with sharp edges. As our hair is curly, the hair can turn back in down into the skin causing ingrown hair. The ensuing rash, bumps, inflammation, can be extremely painful.
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Originally posted by Wiz:
Magic Shave is a depilatory made out of skunk farts and sunburned cow pies. It will stink the hair off of of any area covered by it.


It's like Nair meets plaster of paris. And when it says take it off after five minutes, they REALLY mean five minutes...or else you'll be taking off more than just hair. I used to use it in college, it used to stink up the entire dorm bathroom. I started using an electric razor after graduation.
Is the razor for shaving your head or your face? I'm all good with using a three blade razor on my face; but I don't like the result on my head. It cuts too close and nicks the little bumps in the back of my head.

BTW, About a month ago, I ran out of shaving cream and out of desperation grabbed some stuff called "Couchy" (sp?) that the wife uses in the shower.

I really can the shave I got and have since found that they put out a product without the feminine scent. The wife gets it a Vicky's Secret.
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Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
Is the razor for shaving your head or your face? I'm all good with using a three blade razor on my face; but I don't like the result on my head. It cuts too close and nicks the little bumps in the back of my head.


I use it on both.

I've found the shave to be pretty close but smooth. No nicks so far.


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BTW, About a month ago, I ran out of shaving cream and out of desperation grabbed some stuff called "Couchy" (sp?) that the wife uses in the shower.


Am I the only one that shaves with soap lather?

I find that shaving cream is too thick.
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Originally posted by HonestBrother:
For a number of years, I used a Gillette Sensor. It had a handle with disposable blades. Every few months, I'd just buy a new pack of blades and I was happy. Especially since I've never found an electric shaver that didn't irritate my skin.

But of course, over the years, the packs of blades became more expensive ... and then finally, about a month ago, the handle broke ... and of course Gillette has discontinued the brand so that now I can only find blades for the system .... but no handle.

Now I gotta start all over. bang


Didn't the owner of The New England Patriots just build a new stadium??

I just happen to have one in my medicine cabinet...complete with a sensitivity selector dial.

The last time I ask a clerk for a package of 'double-edged 'Blue Blades', he said, 'A what?'

I'm holding on to mine.

Double-edged blades have GOT TO BE coming back!!!!


PEACE

Jim Chester
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Originally posted by Huey:
Whenever I had to use a non-electric razor, I've used Noxema instead of regular shaving cream.


Now THAT'S ole school!!!

I used to 'fill in' in a road group...back in the day.

Noxzema was used as an on-stage cosmetic to cut down on sweating..., and of course the associated glistening.

That's 'multi-purpose'...just like Pilsburg's Best.


PEACE

Jim Chester

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