July 14, 2005

Shave your head

hslogo_big.pngHeadShaver.org is a great site devoted to all the information you'd ever need regarding shaving your head. Product reviews, FAQs, links, polls, even advice for women looking for follow Natalie Portman's latest 'do. There also a wealth of knowledge in the Headshaver's Log section from various people who have written in with tips and tricks about which razors to use, acne problems, and razor bumps. Great site.

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July 13, 2005

Buy Online from Razors Direct

razorsdirect.jpgSay hello to our new friends at Razors Direct, an online shaving resource you need to know about. Razors Direct offers a wide range of blades for your Gillette and Schick razors. Mach3? Got 'em. Mach3 Turbo? Got 'em. M3 Power? Dude, got 'em.

What's more, Razors Direct offers an automatic refill program. Monthly or bi-monthly they'll mail you a new pack without you even having to think about it. No more early morning runs to the store. This check's in the mail.

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June 3, 2005

Is It Cold In Here?

m3_cryo.jpgReady to take shaving to the next level? Then you need a cryogenically tempered razor blade. No, it's not the razor prefered by Ted Williams, but a process which hardens the metal for a longer lasting blade. Wikipedia Time!

Cryogenic hardening is a heat treatment in which the material is cooled to cryogenic temperatures, usually using liquid nitrogen. It can have a profound effect on the mechanical properties of certain steels, provided their composition and prior heat treatment are such that they retain some austenite at room temperature. It is designed to increase the amount of martensite in the steel's crystal structure, increasing its strength and hardness, sometimes at the cost of toughness.

You can't touch this. And where might you find a cryogenically tempered razor blade? RazorMax.

All of the razors we sell on our site are tempered -300° F to improve strength and durability. We only carry the highest quality blades to ensure maximum performance. Our blade distributor has been in the Cryo business since 1996 tempering everything from vehicle engines to drill bits and now has moved into the shaving industry.

Read more at http://www.razormax.com/cryo_blades.html, and then buy some at RazorMax's online store.

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May 30, 2005

RazorMax Review from Shaving Stuff.com

razormax2.jpgNot too long ago we posted an article about RazorMax, a system for prolonging the life of your razors. The good folks at RazorMax promptly sent us a sample to test out and review, and I've been using it now for a little over a month. Want the quick summary? The stuff works.

razormax_classic_2.jpgI've been using the RazorMax Classic Kit, which sells for $19.95, and comes with two bottles of RazorMax oil and a clear plastic trough which will easily hold two razors side by side, even if you're using razors as large as the Mach3 or Quattro. As you can see from the picture, you simply store your razors in the oil when not in use. Easy. Other than that you shave as you normally would. When you're done, dry off your razor as best as you can, run it over a towel to get any extra moisture off, and put it back in the trough. Pretty much idiot proof.

The RazorMax website claims you can get five times as many shaves from a single razor blade as you normally would get without their system. I easily went to 2.5 times as many shaves before I started experimenting and needed to change blades. For Mach3 users, RazorMax recommends removing the bottom microfin from the razor cartridge for a closer shave. I wrote them about this since it seemed strange - if you get a closer shave without the bottom microfin, why wouldn't Gillette design their razors without it in the first place? Turns out the RazorMax oil can make that microfin expand slightly, which raises the blades off the skin and give a slightly less close shave. For me this was only noticeable around the hollows of my cheeks, where there isn't any bone behind the skin. It meant I needed to pay a little more attention to shaving those areas, but ultimately wasn't a big deal.

microfin.jpgI tried their suggestion - removing the microfin. See picture on right. This is no easy task. Marty of RazorMax suggested I remove the microfin after a couple of shaves, since the microfin doesn't swell up for the first few days. Removing a dry microfin with a swiss army knife was difficult enough. Removing an oily microfin with a swiss army knife was harrowing. I don't recommend it, and quite frankly I didn't enjoy the shave as much. It's certainly possible the shave is closer without the microfin, but it's definitely there for a reason. I could feel more drag against my face without the fin there. My recommendation - leave the microfin on and just pay closer attention to your cheeks.

The instruction sheet which comes with the RazorMax kit also recommends you start your shave without rinsing the oil off the razor. I tried this a couple times but didn't like it. The problem is that the razor is not hot, and any benefit you might get from the extra oil on the balde is outweighted by the coldness of the razor. A hot razor really shaves better. At least for me.

After prolonged use the soapy strip opposite the microfin gets a little crummy-looking. Initially this strip starts out colored, and when it turns white you're supposed to change razors. Of course with RazorMax the strip becomes white and you keep shaving. I don't believe that strip does much anyway. As long as you're using a quality shaving cream that strip doesn't much matter.

The only other difference in shaving I noticed was that the little bits of shaved whiskers which ended up in the sink were somehow stickier and harder to wash down the drain. Not a big deal, and certainly not a reason to stop using this product, but I just thought I'd mention it.

Bottom line - this stuff is worth it. For 20 bucks you will significantly increase the life of your razors without sacrificing your shave or your morning routine. Do the math. You're going to save money.

Buy RazorMax products at their online store at http://www.razormax.com/index_catalog.html.

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May 6, 2005

Mach3 Power Nitro

mach3_nitro.jpgGillette has introduced the Mach3 Power Nitro. What is it? Honestly, I'm having a tough time nailing it down. I think it's just a redesigned handle which comes with the same blades as the original Mach3 Power. Gillette timed the release of the Nitro with the broadcast of the Discovery Channel's American Chopper last Monday.

From theautochannel.com:

The new M3Power Nitro builds upon the heritage of the flagship MACH3 line and incorporates the same advanced blade and razor technologies as M3Power. The name and design of the new razor are taken from the sleek look and energy of high- performance vehicles. The creation of the M3Power Nitro chopper brings to life the inspiration behind the newest men's shaving system from Gillette.

Oddly enough I couldn't find any press releases on Gillette's site or on any news sites detailing the Nitro, other than the tie-in with American Chopper. So, do you need one? Not if you already have a Mach3 Power. But if you don't have a Mach3 Power, do yourself a favor and check either the Power or the Nitro out. It really is a great shave.

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April 7, 2005

Extend the life of your razor with RazorMax

razormax2.jpgA reader recently wrote in about an alternative product which extends the life of razors called RazorMax. We had report on RazorGuard back in a December article, and it seems there are several similar products on the market now.

Scientific research proves that the majority of your razors dull edge is the result of oxidation and calcification of the blade. This is caused by rinsing and storing your blade in open air, over and over again. The combination of soap, moisture, shaving crème, and indoor air quickly corrode the fine cutting edge of your blade. This is usually under 10 days for most blades on the market. The act of shaving only has a gradual effect on blade wear. The graphic below shows the corrosive deposits that quickly build up on the blade edge. These irregular deposits rapidly alter the cutting edge creating the dullness effect along with nicks and cuts.

These kinds of products understandably get very little exposure because they eat away at profits from the razor manufactures. I can't vouch for them personally, but based on the feedback we've been getting they appear to be the real deal. I'll have a full report based on personal experience soon. In the meantime, read more about how RazorMax works here.

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April 6, 2005

$5 off the new Schick Quattro for Women

quattro_women.jpegOn Monday Schick announced the launch of the Schick Quattro for Women, which will be available everywhere this month for an expected retail price of $8.99. It's the first women's razor in the Quattro line, and Schick is betting their R&D will pay off.

Schick studied the physiological differences in a woman's body and shaving habits and developed Schick Quattro for Women. Schick discovered that many women perceived men's shaving technology as superior and that they often "borrowed from the boys." In fact, almost half of women using men's refillable razors cite the "performance" or the quality of the shave for using men's razors.

Want to try one? Schick will send you a $5 off coupon just for forking over some personal information. Click over to this free Schick Quattro for Women form and fill it out. Not a bad deal, if you ask me.

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March 10, 2005

"Green" Razors

razor_preserve.jpgWhat do yogurt and shaving have to do with each other? That razor you're holding just might be made from the yogurt container I recycled the other day. The good folks at Preserve and Stonyfield Farm have teamed up to create a razor made of 65% recycled yogurt containers. And best of all, when you're done with the razor handle, it's recycleable too!

Designed over the past two years with a team of graduates from Stanford, MIT, and RISD schools of design and engineering, the Preserve™ Razor Recyclable has a sleek new design that feels great in your hand and helps you shave comfortably.

Read more here.

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February 21, 2005

Different Methods of Women's Hair Removal

teenshealth.gifHere's a cool page from TeensHealth. Don't disregard this page because it's on a kids health site. It's actually quite a good survey on the various methods of women's hair removal - shaving, plucking, waxing, electrolysis - as well as a brief overview of different types of hair.

As you browse the aisles of your local drugstore, you may feel a little dizzy. There are hundreds of products devoted to making the hair on your head more lustrous, clean, fragrant, and full - and just steps away, dozens more promise to get rid of your unwanted hair just as easily. Which ones work best? How do they work? And do you need any of them?

Read more here.

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February 20, 2005

Schick Intuition - Now in Cucumber Melon Fragrance!

schick_intuition.jpgSaw this at Target the other day. It's the Schick Intuition, now in cucumber melon fragrance. Nuts!

But check this out. Here are the websites for the Shick Intuition in Australia and New Zealand. Who's the celebrity spokes-person? Jewel! And you can hear her singing part of her song Intuition (which seems very un-Jewel-like, although I must admit I stopped following her career about a day after it started). On the American site... no Jewel! What gives?

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