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"Aggressiveness of a safety razor can be thought of as the degree to which a blade is exposed to the face and beard, or conversely the degree to which the face and beard are not protected from the blade by the razor's safety features."
"My first technique improvement is a growing mastery of "negative pressure". With most of my blades, I found that the weight of the razor was just enough--no pressure was needed. But with this one, I think that's TOO MUCH pressure. Using the same technique as my smaller razors with a very big, very stiff, very sharp blade was leading to irritation and unpleasant shaves."
"Evidence from market research and academia indicates that more men are removing body hair. The phenomenon skews to mostly college-age guys or those in their 30s. Reasons run the gamut from Because My Girlfriend Likes It to a desire to flaunt a six-pack or be clean."
Wow, June sure did fly by quickly. Summer's now here, the Fourth of July is fast approaching, and we want to make sure you didn't miss any of the posts from the last month as you head out for vacation.
Here's an overview of Shaving Stuff posts for June:
"In the storytelling tradition of Spalding Gray, Ken Campbell and Claire Dowie, David Bramwell's Haunted Moustache which plays at the Rondo Theatre Bath on Saturday July 4 recounts the fantastic but true tale of his surreal inheritance - a 100-year-old moustache in a box."
"If you're a man, your father probably taught you how to shave your face. It's highly improbable, though, that he included a lesson on shaving the rest of your body. And as "manscaping" starts going mainstream, many might wonder why a man would let his razor wander southward."
"Eric hadn't cut his hair or beard in more than eight years, and his hair, worn in a ponytail, was down to the middle of his back. His beard was down to his chest. His standard outfit was a T-shirt and jeans. That changed Thursday morning when celebrity men's grooming expert Diana Schmidtke and GQ style editor Adam Rappaport got their hands on him."
"Procter & Gamble Co., which recently made the phrase "win with men" an incessant company mantra, is now fully armed to target the premium male shopper with its Monday purchase of the prestige grooming firm The Art of Shaving."
"It's an iconic look historically grown here by the blue-collar set. The 'stache is part of the uniform for ranchers, laborers, roughnecks and cowboys of all manner of industry -- men with skin as tough as their boots and whiskers as stiff as a grill brush.
The mustache has seen a recent renaissance, however, this time from the follicles of young men whose working toils are decidedly less rugged."
"Fox, a clean shaven mortal who suffers from Bare Upper Lip Disorder (BULD), is a friend to people of mustached American descent, and writes Time's very fine Curious Capitalist blog. He also has a new book out which made the St. Louis Post-Dispatch list of 15 nonfiction books to read this summer. It's called "The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward & Delusion on Wall Street" and we urge you to purchase here despite the fact that Fox promised to hook us up with Tom Friedman of the New York Times and it never came to fruition (he did buy us a few beers once, however)."
"The moustache is back. After years of tragic disuse and abuse, this commanding symbol of manly authority (and its current backdrop, Bob Ainsworth) has made a celebrated return to Cabinet in the reshuffle.
Bob's moustache is the first proper version to enter the cabinet on the face of a Labour minister in around 40 years, so it seems somehow serendipitous that Russian bloggers have just compiled a list of the top moustachioed celebrities of all time - and shaved them of their facial hair. Here's the five best, dedicated to you, Bob."
"Beyond gatherings for the culmination of Mustache May, Cinco de Mustache and like events, there has been a recent uptick in festivities dedicated to the 'stache. Mustache parties are on the grow in cities across America."
"The film begins one year before the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Berlin, we meet Phil and Bruce at home, and learn of their ongoing rivalry. As Phil puts it: "it's whether he's the bigshot in America or I'm the bigshot in America." We also meet outspoken World Muskateer Champion Gary Johnson, who professes loyalty to no one."
"If you've been fortunate enough to see -- one way or another -- much private anatomy in recent years, you'll be aware that we live in an age of de rigueur pubic (that's p-u-b-i-c, not p-u-b-L-i-c) shaving. Supposedly edgy and hip rather than creepy and infantilizing, this practice is truly rampant, from what I've (ahem) seen."
"We keep a food pantry at our church for individuals who need it to get by. The other day one of our regulars asked for men's toiletries, toothpaste soap and shaving stuff. Shaving stuff? How could I not have thought of stocking up this essential of human worth and dignity? Kraft Dinner and canned soup are good for your belly, but what about your soul? So my question...what low-cost shaving products could I solicit as donations?"
"The moustache has fallen into tragic disuse in recent years - and nowhere more so than in politics. Within seconds of being called to high office, once proud wearers of top lip upholstery have swallowed their pride and reached for the razor."
Our skin is our largest organ, with almost 20 square feet covering our bodies! It takes a toll everyday, from exposure to sun, smog, dirt from our hands, and from everything we put inside our body. And when our skin isn't healthy, it shows on our face.
I just found a super product for cleansing and exfoliating, made specifically for men. It's Tom Robinn Paris Gommage Doux Exfoliant (I don't speak French, but their website calls it 'Safe Peeling', or Soft Exfoliating Cream). This exfoliating cream is made with apricot oil, jojoba oil, and papaya extract, and it smells awesome: complex and manly.
After using for the first time, my skin felt like it was glowing. I could see the difference immediately. My pores were clean and the dead skin cells were gone, yet my face felt fully moisturized. Most cleansers leave your skin dry, necessitating a moisturizer or lotion, but with Tom Robinn, all I needed was a rinse and I was done.
Your significant other is going to notice the difference right away, and the after-scent is sure to please...
"More than 2,000 fans participated in the Capitals Beard-a-thon, which encouraged fans to grow a beard themselves or make a financial donation in support of a Capitals player or a fan who elected to grow a playoff beard.
"There was a hairy moment or two at the weekend as the biennial World Beard and Moustache Competition got underway. After a few bristly rounds, David Traver from Anchorage, Alaska, was crowned the victor for his stunning woven beard and down-turned moustache. The prize beard measures over 20 inches long and was cultivated over a period of two-and-a-half years, before being plaited into the shape of a snowshoe."
Manscaping is a new independent short film, a "mockumentary", exploring the issue of 'trimming the hedge'. The film is by Shanra J. Kehl, and is being shown at the Staten Island Film Festival on June 6th.
"William: a Los Angeles stud, Jimmy: a fun-loving Miami boy and Farrell: a hard-working Kansas man all reached an important moment in their lives...Manscaping. Each man chooses the best option for himself as they embark on a journey towards genital hairlessness. The road is wrought with danger, embarrassment and pain. As these three men look down and see who they are underneath their manes of manhood, they begin to question if the journey is really worth it."