You probably aren't thinking about your shaving routine as a risky activity, other than the odd nick or bumps, but evidently it could be hazardous to your health.
"Shaving was once a dangerous and sometimes lethal endeavor. Before the advent of safety razors and sanitation laws, a man risked his life when he decided to clean up with a close shave. Here are three stories of men who met their end in pursuit of a baby smooth face."
Read the stories over at Mental_Floss, and leave us a comment if you know any other scary shaving stories.
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"How pleased would your wife be if you could shave each morning without leaving a sink full of stubble? Wahl's Trim-n-Vac beard and mustache trimmer has a vacuum intake port at the trimmer head to capture and draw cut facial hair into a collection chamber at the shaver's base. The vacuum is, at minimum, 85 percent effective (depending on the length of the hair being cut), and the collection chamber is easy to open and clean. This innovative design, along with the Trim-n-Vac's ability to operate without a cord, make the trimmer great for travelers with hectic schedules who may need a quick shave while in the car or at the airport."
According to sifynews, the term 'boyzilian wax' is now replacing 'manscaping' in the new Macquarie Dictionary:
"The dictionary's new edition, which will hit the markets next month has nearly 1000 new words like "BESTIES", meaning one's best pals, the "boyzilian wax" replaces "manscaping", and "tweets" are no more just explained as chirps of baby birds."
"When it comes to good grooming, guys usually catch a break. Forget to shave? A five o-clock shadow passes for scruffily sexy. (Not so much on a woman's legs.) Six months between haircuts? Shaggy hair equals surfer cool. Calloused hands? That';s a sign of a hard-working dude. But in an era of metrosexuals and a manly yet manicured president, those excuses start to fall flat."
"People walking down Center Street Wednesday paused to look in a shop window at an antique barber's chair that caught their eye.
Ray Fournier smiled as two women stood outside talking as they looked in the window. His store, Gentlemen's Best, specializes in old world men's grooming supplies such as double edged and straight razors as well as shaving accessories such as brushes and soap.
"It's a whole lot cheaper and better than using the four blade disposable monsters," Fournier said. "We really missed the boat when we decided to go to a more disposable society."
While I do enjoy some high-end shaving stuff, I am a penny pincher whenever possible.
I got really tired of ponying up cash for cartridges all the time, so I invested in a safety razor (the Merkur) and am happily not having to pay good money for cartridges that get thrown away every week. Instead I buy blades (pretty cheap still) which last all week.
So if you're looking to lower your overall shaving costs, take the money you'd spend on the next couple of months worth of cartridges or disposables and invest it in a razor you can pass down to your grandkids, like a safety razor or a straight razor.
The learning curve is easier with a safety razor, but the old-school skill of shaving with a straight razor is coming back in vogue, so it's something you can share with other men.
My next investment is probably going to be a straight razor (hint, hint), and then I won't be purchasing new blades at all.
Another way you can save some money is to use an affordable shaving cream, like Cremo, which gives a quality shave despite being priced in the lower level compared to a lot of other creams. Or try baking soda or a DIY shaving cream for something a little different.
Looking for deals on Shaving Stuff? Who isn't, right?
Here's a couple of great deals we found:
Over at Details for Men (one of my favorite sites), you can pick up a free alum block with any order over $60. Don't know about alum?
"Alum, a natural mineral found in Europe, was used by the Egyptians more than 4,000 years ago as a shaving essential. Its antiseptic properties calm razor burn, soothe irritations and help stop bleeding in the event of a nick or cut."
Use the coupon code "FREEALUMBLOCK" to grab your free alum block.
At ZIRH , right now you can get free shipping on all orders, and pick up a free IKON laptop bag with orders over $75.
"In a special section for staff with facial hair and beards, it says that those with "excessive facial hair" cannot expect the face mask to provide protection unless they are clean-shaven.
"Therefore, healthcare workers with facial hair, including stubble, are advised to remove it at the beginning of a shift" if they are likely to be exposed to infection due to the procedures they have to perform for swine flu patients."
This leaves me wondering where those health workers are putting their beards...