01-30-2018, 07:46 PM
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  • Nero
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What is your approach, practice, philosophy when you are in the middle of a series of bad shaves? How do you turn the tide?

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 01-30-2018, 08:44 PM
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The few times it has happened to me I have simply moved on to the next razor in my rotation, with a fresh blade.

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 01-30-2018, 09:18 PM
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Forget everything I think I know. Go back to the basics and treat the razor with lots of respect. As if it was the first time with an R41.
Ps: last time it was head shaving. The solution was to stop using catridges Smile

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 01-30-2018, 09:24 PM
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  • iamsms
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  • New Jersey
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Shower, Mike’s, Any synthetic, 34C, Iridium Super (Feather if it’s too bad), Alum, Witch Hazel, AoS Balm

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 01-30-2018, 09:56 PM
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Going back to a VERY mild razor, soap I know well, maybe single passes if I absolutely need to shave, possibly even a day or two off. Once I get back in the groove, I'll go back to using whatever I want.

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 01-31-2018, 04:27 AM
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  • Sully
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Take a day off from shaving.  When I shave again, remember the basics.  Very little pressure, quality lather, don't rush the shave.

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 01-31-2018, 04:30 AM
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I always assume pilot error.  So I try to get more conscious of what I'm doing and stop doing what I'm doing wrong.  Usually it's from being nonchalant about some aspect of the lather or shaving technique.  One of the reasons I got into traditional wet shaving was for the way in which if forces me to focus on the here-and-now of what I'm doing.  When I start getting mindless and casual, beating up a quick lather and whizzing through a shave, something can go wrong.  It's just a matter of figuring out what, slowing down, and refocusing.

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 01-31-2018, 04:35 AM
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  • eengler
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Matt,

I take 2-3 days off and really and focus on letting the skin settle down. Unrefined Shea Butter is my magic cure. Then go back to my confidence soap and razor with a generous prep regimen and take it slow. I shave mostly 2 pass and touch ups so to be safe I may just skip the touch ups. I usually try to identify the element that got me in trouble for example a bad performing soap or blade or operator error and fix it.

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 01-31-2018, 04:46 AM
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  • Johnny
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An extremely hot shower, a shot of rye, and listen to a little Leon Redbone.  That usually does it for me.

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 01-31-2018, 07:13 AM
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I go from multi-pass shaves to single-pass shaves with the grain with a more significantly moisturizing aftershave.  Within a day or two my face is always comfortable again.

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 01-31-2018, 08:04 AM
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A day off and a couple glasses macallan

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 01-31-2018, 09:07 AM
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I switch to cart in such situations for couple of days.


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 01-31-2018, 09:30 AM
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The issue this time of the year (if you're in the Northern Hempisphere) may be hydration. I love to use alcohol-based aftershaves but usually choose not to because they have a drying effect. Any moisturizer that doesn't cause irritation to your skin type could help. I use moisturizer on my skin after a shave and before bed; it makes my shaves much smoother as my skin is well-hydrated. Another consideration is your overall hydration. If you weigh 150 pounds, for example, you probably need to drink 75 ounces per day, and much of that intake should be water. I know it can be difficult to drink that much water in a day without experience or planning, but it is vital to your health. I'm sure you find the culprit soon. Happy shaving!

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 01-31-2018, 09:31 AM
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I have never experienced two or more bad shaves, consecutively, but after a bad shave, I'll use a milder razor with a very light touch for fewer passes. However, my elixir for a bad shave/irritation is always unrefined shea butter.  Shy

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 01-31-2018, 06:15 PM
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Fresh blade. Use a soap I trust.

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 01-31-2018, 06:30 PM
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  • chazt
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  • Queens, NY
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When necessary I take a day off from shaving, and go back to a prewar Tech with an IP and B&M white label unscented. I make sure to prep for an extra long time. One, maybe two passes at most, no touch ups.

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 01-31-2018, 07:45 PM
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I definitely agree with the scotch and possibly Leon Redbone.

I assume bad shave = not a close shave.  For me, the cause was mild razor, over confidence and mechanical technique.  Use favorite soap/cream, favorite brush, new blade and razor with the most blade feel or audible feedback.  Janis Joplin or U2 in background.  Concentrate on each stroke and feedback.

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 01-31-2018, 07:56 PM
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  • chazt
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Interesting that brushes haven’t yet been cited as part of the equation.

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 02-01-2018, 04:12 AM
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(01-31-2018, 04:46 AM)Johnny Wrote: An extremely hot shower, a shot of rye, and listen to a little Leon Redbone.  That usually does it for me.

Bingo!

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 02-01-2018, 04:15 AM
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(01-31-2018, 07:45 PM)SCOV Wrote: I definitely agree with the scotch and possibly Leon Redbone.

I assume bad shave = not a close shave.  For me, the cause was mild razor, over confidence and mechanical technique.  Use favorite soap/cream, favorite brush, new blade and razor with the most blade feel or audible feedback.  Janis Joplin or U2 in background.  Concentrate on each stroke and feedback.

If i needed to calm down and concentrate, most likely Wes Montgomery or the like would be in the background.

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