06-27-2013, 04:51 AM
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For those of you who believe they have achieved a BBS or are trying to achieve a BBS, what criteria do you use to identify a BBS?

I never think of my shaves in terms of a BBS, in part, because I'm not certain I would recognize one. How is a BBS different than a good old DFS?

I should have asked this years ago.

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 06-27-2013, 05:06 AM
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BBS IMHO is not being able to feel stubble when feeling your skin in any direction, especially ATG.

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 06-27-2013, 08:33 AM
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(06-27-2013, 05:06 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: BBS IMHO is not being able to feel stubble when feeling your skin in any direction, especially ATG.

+1 Nonetheless, i will never get it as my beard is just too coarse and my skin too sensitive!

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 06-27-2013, 08:33 AM
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That's what it means for me too.

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 06-27-2013, 08:42 AM
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BBS:
1) unable to feel stubble in any direction
2) something that is not attainable by *all* people

No matter how hard I try, what angle/product/technique I use, I will never be able to attain a BBS. Took me far too long to realize this, but once I did I was a very happy shaver.

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 06-27-2013, 09:05 AM
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(06-27-2013, 08:42 AM)reyrascon Wrote: BBS:
1) unable to feel stubble in any direction
2) something that is not attainable by *all* people

No matter how hard I try, what angle/product/technique I use, I will never be able to attain a BBS. Took me far too long to realize this, but once I did I was a very happy shaver.

I am very new to wet shaving with less than a total of 10 shaves in and I can say that I achieved BBS once already. And yet, I am an extremely happy shaver as well. I wish that I could shave everyday but alas, I am one of those who skip a day.

Sort of like pitching a no-hitter, the BBS is something to always work toward at the beginning but, we can always settle for the win (DFS).

YMMV.

Frank

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 06-27-2013, 09:09 AM
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Frank, really glad to hear that you can and have achieved a BBS (especially in such a short time). However, some of us cannot attain a BBS. In my case it's because of coarse stubble and crazy growth patterns (have to deal with two swirls along each jawline).

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 06-27-2013, 09:18 AM
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Understood my friend, I hope that I did not come across as pompous, please excuse me if I have.

I am simply delighted at this new found (for me) simple pleasure of shaving just like my Father and his Father did.

Best regards,

Frank

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 06-27-2013, 09:27 AM
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No worries, you did not come across that way at all.

I could get a nice smooth shave (DFS) just not a BBS all around, especially along the jaw lines and my adam's apple. It was just something important for me to realize, because at one point I was really frustrated that I could not get a BBS.

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 06-27-2013, 09:32 AM
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(06-27-2013, 09:27 AM)reyrascon Wrote: No worries, you did not come across that way at all.

I could get a nice smooth shave (DFS) just not a BBS all around, especially along the jaw lines and my adam's apple. It was just something important for me to realize, because at one point I was really frustrated that I could not get a BBS.

I wish for you all the best in that quest for the BBS my friend.

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Frank

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 06-27-2013, 12:02 PM
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I believe the barber school test for a BBS was to take a cotton ball and pass it over the just completed shave. If the cotton was grabbed it wasn't a BBS.

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 06-27-2013, 01:23 PM
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That's the way my old barber use to do it John.

I personally have achieved BBS twice in my life. Both times with a straight razor and both times way to close.

No matter what I'm using now, straight, DE, or SE, I only do two passes. That produces a DFS or CEFM (close enough for me) shave.

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 06-27-2013, 01:47 PM
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(06-27-2013, 08:42 AM)reyrascon Wrote: BBS:
1) unable to feel stubble in any direction
2) something that is not attainable by *all* people

No matter how hard I try, what angle/product/technique I use, I will never be able to attain a BBS. Took me far too long to realize this, but once I did I was a very happy shaver.

I can relate.

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 06-27-2013, 01:49 PM
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(06-27-2013, 05:06 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: BBS IMHO is not being able to feel stubble when feeling your skin in any direction, especially ATG.

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I get BBS about 60% of the time, unless I'm in one of those moods where I just don't feel like fooling with it. I have two 360 degree swirl spots and to get those BBS I need to J-hook a bit and sometimes I don't feel like messing with it, it's going to grow back anyway. Tongue

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 06-27-2013, 03:12 PM
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I agree with what has been stated above. Whenever I try to hard to achieve that I end up paying for it though. What goods a BBS when you irritate your skin in the process. I prefer a nice DFS every day with no irritation.

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 06-27-2013, 03:15 PM
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BBS just means that I don't feel any stubble no matter how much I rub my face. And, when I get BBS, I rub my face a lot!

It isn't a very common experience as I almost have some barely detectible stubble along the jawline or in the center of my neck, but it is a heavenly experience.

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 06-27-2013, 04:35 PM
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Think about a baby's butt... BBS shave is a myth.

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 06-27-2013, 05:07 PM
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(06-27-2013, 04:35 PM)PanchoVilla Wrote: Think about a baby's butt... BBS shave is a myth.

A baby's butt is extraordinarily soft, smooth with absolutely no sign of hair/stubble or roughness whatsoever. A shave of this caliber is perhaps a "myth" for some..but many of us achieve it quite frequently.
Although, it requires 4 passes plus touch up for me, so I do not go for it ever single shave...as I said before, it's just going to grow back the next day.

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 06-28-2013, 12:32 PM
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The test is not feeling stubble in any direction. As has been suggested, ATG is the ultimate test. A BBS can be irritating, depending on your beard and skin. For me the chin is the most difficult area for a BBS. I can get there, but going ATG in that area can give me irritation.

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 06-28-2013, 12:42 PM
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(06-27-2013, 05:07 PM)Arcadies Wrote:
(06-27-2013, 04:35 PM)PanchoVilla Wrote: Think about a baby's butt... BBS shave is a myth.

A baby's butt is extraordinarily soft, smooth with absolutely no sign of hair/stubble or roughness whatsoever. A shave of this caliber is perhaps a "myth" for some..but many of us achieve it quite frequently.
Although, it requires 4 passes plus touch up for me, so I do not go for it ever single shave...as I said before, it's just going to grow back the next day.

I only wish. Rolleyes

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