05-26-2016, 01:03 AM
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Hey guys.

Okay, this newbie finally has the basic things I need to do my first wet shave. Shaving Factory DE Safety razor form Sally's Beauty Supply (made by Derby), Tri-Coastal White Birch & Tobacco Shave butter with a synthetic brush an using an Astra Superior Platinum blade. Could not find a crystal deodorant to use in place of the alum block that was mentioned could be found a Walmart, but will look for that in the next few days.

I won't be home until much later and would still like to watch a few more videos and practice and map out my movements, prep, do some faux strokes without the blade and lather and check my hair growth patterns before pulling the trigger.

Will let you know, so wish me luck.

-Austinoire

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 05-26-2016, 03:25 AM
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  • jtmke
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  • milwaukee
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Good luck!

Remember, if your used to pushing a cartridge into your face not to use any pressure with the DE. Shave the lather.

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 05-26-2016, 05:45 AM
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Good luck and gently glide the razor and you will have great results.  Just go slow and steady.

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 05-26-2016, 05:59 AM
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Good luck , don't get discouraged if you don't do everything perfect, I have been at this many years and still have things to refine  Wink

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 05-26-2016, 06:51 AM
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Best of luck and we look forward to hear how it went. As stated enjoy the process and if you don't get it the first time just be patient and stay at it, you will be rewarded for your perseverance.

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 05-26-2016, 07:33 AM
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  • chazt
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Congratulations and good luck! Pretend your face is a balloon.

Spend a lot of time lathering your whiskers.

With the grain
Across the grain
Against the grain

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 05-26-2016, 07:57 AM
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You sound far more prepared than I was for my first wet shave. I think you'll have a great shave.

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 05-26-2016, 08:03 AM
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Welcome to the Shave Nook, Austin.

Sally's Beauty Supplies isn't a bad place to shop.

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 05-26-2016, 09:18 AM
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I was super apprehensive before my first DE shave, but it was considerably easier than I thought it would be. My first shave was actually very good.

As others have said, watch your pressure and take it slow initially, and I'm sure you'll be fine.

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 05-26-2016, 10:17 AM
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  • ddk13
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Take your time!  Remember, you don't have to have all those pesky whiskers cut down in one pass.  Oh yeah, PREP...PREP....PREP!!!!  Good luck and welcome to TSN. Let us know how it goes!

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 05-26-2016, 04:25 PM
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Good luck! Please don't form any opinions about DE shaving, blades, razors, soap, etc until you have at least a month or two under your belt. You'll find that initially it's the lack of skill causing most of the issues. Also, don't be afraid to take a day or two off each week to let your face recover.

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 05-28-2016, 07:11 PM
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Prep and go slow to begin with.  And remember all of us are using similar gear and we all live through our shaves.  Shoot, if a dummy like me can get it done, you'll have no issues.  There are a lot of very skilled mentors here who freely share their knowledge.

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 05-29-2016, 06:01 AM
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  • chazt
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(05-26-2016, 04:25 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Good luck! Please don't form any opinions about DE shaving, blades, razors, soap, etc until you have at least a month or two under your belt. You'll find that initially it's the lack of skill causing most of the issues. Also, don't be afraid to take a day or two off each week to let your face recover.

Well said. This is good advice for a novice wet shaver.

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 05-29-2016, 01:25 PM
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(05-29-2016, 06:01 AM)chazt Wrote:
(05-26-2016, 04:25 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Good luck! Please don't form any opinions about DE shaving, blades, razors, soap, etc until you have at least a month or two under your belt. You'll find that initially it's the lack of skill causing most of the issues. Also, don't be afraid to take a day or two off each week to let your face recover.

Well said. This is good advice for a novice wet shaver.

+1

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