09-30-2012, 11:38 PM
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A friend told me that the Manliness website said to shave with cold water because it tightens the pores and helps hairs to stand up, so you get a better shave. Is this true? Has someone actually observed this or is it someone's theory?

Dave

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 10-01-2012, 03:35 AM
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I've done some cold water shaving and while it can help with irritation from bad technique the results are the same for me as a warm/hot shave. From a comfort standpoint I prefer warm and I avoid the extremes of either too hot or cold.

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 10-01-2012, 03:44 AM
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Cool shaves in summer - warm shaves in winter. Quality of the shaves is the same though Biggrin

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 10-01-2012, 04:26 AM
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Cold water is all I ever use when shaving. I get closer & more comfortable shaves with less irritation than I get from warm water. I also have capillaries close to the skin so it's easier for me to have weepers when using warm water.

Cold water is the only way to go...










for me! Biggrin Tongue

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 10-01-2012, 04:29 AM
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It seems to be another ymmv thing but i have seen quite a few people say they get a better, less irritating shave using cold water. For me It has always produced pretty much the same shave just not as enjoyable. If you already are getting good shaves then i don't see the point but if you are someone constantly battling irritation or sub par shaves you may want to at least try it.

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 10-01-2012, 04:46 AM
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(10-01-2012, 04:26 AM)SharpSpine Wrote: Cold water is all I ever use when shaving. I get closer & more comfortable shaves with less irritation than I get from warm water. I also have capillaries close to the skin to its easier for me to have weepers when using warm water.

Cold water is the only way to go...










for me! Biggrin Tongue

How does one tell if your capillaries are close to your skin?

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 10-01-2012, 04:55 AM
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A warm water shave for comfort. I am not understanding cold water shaves.

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 10-01-2012, 05:12 AM
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(10-01-2012, 04:46 AM)dashmaverick Wrote: How does one tell if your capillaries are close to your skin?

Even with SEs if I shave with warm water or even after a hot shower then I get weepers very easily. Weepers never happen for me with SEs & cold water. The temperature affects how much blood flow is close to the surface.

Do I have a scientific evaluation for the shallowness of my capillaries? No. This is just the reasoning I deduced from my experiences.

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 10-01-2012, 07:55 AM
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I've used both and I couldn't tell a difference beyond having to avoid jumping when I felt the cold razor on my skin. There are so many variables for people's skin, sensitivity, etc., that this strikes me as very much one of those cases where it's worth trying both and making up your own mind. Only you can really decide what works on your face.

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 10-01-2012, 08:24 AM
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So Dave, did you read the article in the Art of Manliness?

You might also want to download Shaving Made Easy, a book published in 1905 describing "What the Man Who Shaves Ought to Know".

I personally like cold water shaving - it works for me! But as the outside temperatures begin to drop my house is getting a little cooler making the cold water splashes a little more difficult to tolerate.

Read the above, try it, and let us know what you think!

~Frank

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 10-01-2012, 08:32 AM
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(10-01-2012, 03:44 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Cool shaves in summer - warm shaves in winter.

Exactly how I do it. Cool

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 10-01-2012, 09:55 AM
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i only use cold water also as i have the same experience as Brian; closer shave, less irritation and less weepers.
However, it is a YMMV thing. Try both methods for one month to see if you find any differences.

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 10-01-2012, 10:14 AM
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Forget the cold! Hot water is the way to go. Warm lather on the skin. Yeah! Hot water shave is the only way to go...
















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 10-01-2012, 12:32 PM
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Not saying either way is wrong, but I don't see how closing the pores would make the shave better. Nor do I understand how cold water makes the hairs stick up.

Closing the pores, I can see how that might help, but I'm still having trouble drawing the connection. Completely don't see the logical connections for the second part.

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 10-01-2012, 01:00 PM
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Lee beat me to it. +1 what he wrote.

Having written that, I do pretty much what Wegian Warrior does, except...

I had enough of cold water shaves when I wore OD professionally for my short time, and I balk at doing it ever again unless my life is on the line. So 104°F water in the summer, in the winter just as hot as I can stand it (130°F+), with a preshave hot towel or 2 just because I revel in not being forced to cold shave and I like the feel of it on my skin when the wind is howling, it's -20 outside and there's 4' of snow in the fields. It means nothing to the shave itself near as I can figure. It's all for me.

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 10-01-2012, 09:04 PM
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In general, if you suffer from razor burn, irritation or Rosacea, use cool or cold water. Otherwise, do what you like.

For me, my shaves got much better when I started using cold water. No more irritation and closer shaves.

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 10-01-2012, 11:40 PM
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I´ve tried both and even though cold water works just fine, i prefer warm water. It just feels better for me.

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 10-02-2012, 04:21 AM
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I prefer warm water shaves but after my final rinse, I do a cold water splash. And in the dead of winter, it is more like a ice water splash.

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 10-03-2012, 12:09 PM
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I'll have to stick with Hot Water, I just can't stand to splash cold water on my face!

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 10-03-2012, 03:48 PM
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(10-01-2012, 08:32 AM)MickToley Wrote:
(10-01-2012, 03:44 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: Cool shaves in summer - warm shaves in winter.

Exactly how I do it. Cool

Me as well. For that matter, I don't know what I'll do from one shave to the next.

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