For those of us who eschew the clean shaved look in favor of a goatee, soul patch, or five o'clock shadow, a great trimmer is essential. Philips Norelco's new Stubble Trimmer falls in that category - a great trimmer at a great price - under $40!
If you're into the stubble look, the 'groomed' stubble look, the Stubble Trimmer is powerful and precise, making quick work of your whiskers.
Instead of those clip-on guides to trim for different lengths, the Stubble Trimmer has an integrated guide. Simply twist the red ring in the middle to raise or lower the guide into one of nine settings for trimming down to as little as .04 inch. This works way better than any other trimming guide that I've used.
The Stubble Trimmer's blades are "Sharper Than Titanium" and don't need oiling. The guide can be removed for detailing or free-form trimming, and the internal battery gets you 35 minutes of cordless shaving.
I really liked the Stubble Trimmer - it felt solid, not cheaply made, and the blades made quick work of my whiskers. The trimmer really made a difference in trimming my sideburns as well - fast and easy.
"Red-blooded men are furiously trimming, shaving, and waxing themselves like, well, ladies.
Naturally, not everyone is happy with this turn of events.
"It got to the point where I started putting 'manscaping' in my list of turn-offs on dating sites,'' says an impassioned 29-year-old Jessica Wilson of Somerville. "Have you ever felt chest stubble? It's not sexy and it does not feel good! Leave yourself alone.''
When growing out a beard, most of us only have to worry about the reactions of our friends and family. But for those in the public spotlight, their appearance is open to criticism from the whole world.
"A little facial hair can look nice. A little bit of scruff from a 5 o'clock shadow can look a little rugged and cute. Sometimes, though, facial hair can get out of control. Experimenting with a new look is one thing, but occasionally, you just need to shave that mess off."
If you haven't tried Ingram Lather Shaving Cream yet, you're in for a treat! Made in the UK, Ingram has been around since 1932, and this cream is picking up a whole new set of fans with its menthol formulation.
I've been using it for the last week (with my Merkur razor and Feather blades) and have found the shave to be a quality one, with plenty of lubrication and a scent that's sort of old-timey and mellow, with a hint of mint. The cream also contains lanolin, which leaves a soft, smooth finish to your face.
The menthol formula of Ingram really gives an extra something to your shave - a coolness that's very refreshing. The Ingram cream is a little less thick than I'm used to, so I thought I wouldn't get as great a shave with it (due to it not sticking to my face and whiskers), but it works just fine.
If you're looking for something a little different for your shaving cabinet, try Ingram Shaving Cream and get the menthol advantage.
Many of my cyclist and triathlete friends shave their legs, and I've started to notice a trend for other active people to shave theirs as well. If you're looking for some tips, Coach Levi has the full scoop:
"Growing a 'tache is fun, it's intriguing and it can get you a lot of attention (particularly from the ladies), but let's not forget it's also about raising those funds for Everyman - the UK's leading men's cancer charity."
In the days before razors, you could either sport a hirsute look or get creative. Records drawn on cave walls show prehistoric people shaving with clamshells, flint knives, and even shark teeth. ... Still other cultures sharpened volcanic obsidian glass and used those.
I'm trying to imagine shaving with obsidian or a shark's tooth. But I can't.
I'm quite attached to my Merkur, thank you very much.
"Women want their men waxed," says Loretta Wilson, owner of the Just for You Salon & Spa in Tempe, Arizona. "They're repelled by hairy chests nowadays. Chest hair is -- I really hate to say it -- an unacceptable thing," she says, adding, rather cruelly, that a "guy with hair just looks like an ape."
I'm not a very hairy guy - some chest hair, no back hair - so I don't think I'll ever go for waxing, but I know some of you are wondering "What do I do if I'm simply covered in it?"
According to the columnist:
Hey, men, don't wax your chests. It's stupid. People from places other than Las Vegas think it's weird. Use clippers surreptitiously if it's that bad.
Ever wonder how you would look with a shaved head? Now you can check out a big list of celebrities who've been "balderized" and see what you think of them.
The pictures may (or may not) move you to shave your head, but no matter what your decision is, who can resist a picture of George Bush, Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Paris Hilton, or Sarah Palin with a slick smooth dome?
I have to admit that I hadn't heard of Erasmic Lather Shave Cream before last month, but I found out that it's been around for a long time - since in the 1880s!
The tube is your basic metal tube of shaving cream - nothing fancy here - But when you squeeze it out, you can immediately tell that this is going to be good. It's probably one of the thickest creams out there (at least in a tube), and it lathers up quickly and easily. My Merkur razor glided smoothly over my face, as Erasmic's lubricating qualities were excellent (it's made with coconut oil, lanolin, and glycerin).
And the scent? Pure old-school. Masculine, warm, and not too strong. It reminds me of old-time barber shops (not that I ever got shaved in one), and it almost makes me wish for an aftershave that smells like that.
Erasmic is a real classic - a little goes a long way, it's great on the skin, the shaves are smooth, it smells awesome, and it's very affordable ($6.50 a tube). I think Erasmic Lather Shave Cream has a permanent home on my shaving shelf.
"Many guys have no problem talking about their sex lives, disgusting personal habits or even an embarrassing childhood trauma. But try to talk to most straight men about getting their backs, arms or eyebrows waxed, and suddenly everything is a state secret."
Who's a guywaxer here, and who's proud of it? Who would never go for it? (Not me, for sure)
It seems that the five o'clock shadow, a la Don Johnson from Miami Vice, is back in vogue, and Philips Norelco has stepped up to the plate with a tool to keep that stubble looking great everyday.
The new Stubble Trimmer is designed to be able to trim to nine different lengths, down to as short as .04 inches, so you can have your own unique look and keep it that way.
"The specially designed flexing comb hugs the contours of your face while the length-setting lock gives you nine stubble length options, as short as 0.04 inch (1mm). Philips Norelco's Steelwave Technology ensures that facial hair is channeled into the blade for the exact look you had in mind. Plus the self-sharpening, no-oil-needed blades are Sharper Than Titanium* to ensure a precise trim every time. Take off the flexing stubble comb and the trimmer doubles as a precision detailer to create the perfect line. Get the perfect stubble look--effortlessly."
I used to have the stubble look, but I just shaved with a beard trimmer (no guide) and let it grow for several days before trimming again. Which meant that every few days, I was mostly clean shaved - I would have loved a device like this then.
The Leisureguy, Michael Ham, has just published the third edition of Shaving Made Enjoyable, so if you're looking for a resource to find more enjoyment in your routine, you'll want to pick up this book.
"The third edition of the complete beginner's guide to traditional wetshaving---brush, shaving cream, safety razor with double-edged blade. The book is complete in itself, but it also includes links to a host of resources on the Web to complement the book. Sources are provided for all you need to get started."
I'm feeling a bit sheepish for missing a post here on Shaving Stuff yesterday, which was due to a big move we just made. We moved from Colorado (very dry state) to New Mexico (extremely dry state) over the last week, and the phone company swore that my phone and web access would be installed yesterday. It was, but not until 5 pm...
Anyway, I'm up and running now, and I wanted to share this picture of a vinegarroon (whiptail scorpion) that I almost stepped on in my shop last night - another reason to wear shoes at night when going outside. And yes, it was as big as it looks.
Over the last week, we've camped, been in a motel, and then moved into a house with no hot water (yet). I've been shaving with cold water for the last several days, and it hasn't been as bad as I thought. I'm using Speick shaving cream (my usual), and my Merkur safety razor with Personna blades. It seems like letting the cream sit on my face for a longer time before shaving really helps, but it's so dry here, the cream gets pretty dry on my face before I start. I have been just rubbing more water into the lather when I'm ready, and it works almost as well as a hot water shave (your mileage may vary).
I've got a couple of cool things coming up here on Shaving Stuff: I'm going to take the Gillette Razor Challenge, shaving one half of my face with the Custom Plus 3, and the other half with the Fusion Power, for a week. I plan to take some video of the challenge, so you'll get to see the results. I'm also trying out two new shave creams, Erasmic and ingram to review for you soon.
Now if the plumber could just get the hot water back in service...
We just received this email from a new reader, and thought that perhaps some of you might be able to help him out with suggestions and links to improve his shaving experience:
"I am a Marine and I am headed back to the Middle East for the rest of my year deployment. I am 25 in Sept. and having been in the Marines for 6 years and my face is not getting any younger. I have to shave everyday sometimes on the weekend I will take a half day off of work or sleep in a little and not shave but it doesn't seem to help. Well, even back home in the states I shave sun-fri and it is killing my neck and face. I started to use art of shaving products and have used the Merkur safety blade for 3 days now. I was using Fusion blades with a shaving cream and after shave balm for sensitive skin for years. The balm cream seemed to be helping my face a lot but still not 100% around the neck.
I am pale skinned, more oily I think than dry, sensitive especially around the neck area. I run or work out pretty much everyday so I sweat a lot also. I have a "shadow" within 8 hours and by 12 hours I have a beard started. Even when I don't shave it seems like my neck still get irritated. I am thinking about dropping the 200+ dollars for the Braun Pulsonic electric razor but not sure if it will help my situation.
The art of shaving people I talked with got my to try to Merkur razor and I just put in an order for more blades to see how it works. I would like to get the irritation down on the neck area and have a close good shave on my face. I enjoy the Merkur safety so far. It is hard to get used to but I think I am doing well.
Please any advice on techniques, products, etc. or tips you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I think I have read everything online that I can find now that I found this site. Shaving everyday for Marines tend to be a problem and I believe that what I will and have learned will help my fellow guys out."
What advice would you give to him? Leave some links to solid information and videos if you have them.
"The American Mustache Institute is asking all people of Mustached American descent, as well as clean shaven mortals, to boycott the fledgling restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday as it has implemented a policy that violates the civil liberties of its employees."