How Do You Shave?

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 93 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 10:06 AM

Lucky them. Took me around ~30 years to finally be able to.

wkfan Senior Member
1,850 posts 13 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 11:08 AM
posted by OSH

I thought it was the only real way to shave?

When I did shave (head and/or face) that was the only way I'd shave.

First - with the grain.....then against to get it smooth!

OSH Kosh B'Gosh
4,424 posts 18 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 2:08 PM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

What percentage of millennials have beards do you think. Walking through the airport today, it seems like easily >50%. 

Of course...have to lump people like this. It's not like beards are "new" or limited to any generation. But, do your thing.

posted by wkfan

First - with the grain.....then against to get it smooth!

Depending on the length, when I shaved, it may have been that. But, I would typically just trim with an electric before I'd shave. I never usually let it get long enough where I'd do two shaves with a blade. 

Heretic Son of the Sun
20,517 posts 187 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 4:57 PM
posted by Laley23

I am against the grain when I am shaving back to back days (wedding weekend, etc). With the grain to shorten and then against to get smooth if it’s been multiple days between shaves.

That's how I do it, as well, except for me, it's usually shaving every other day and then doing the with/against if, for whatever reason, I go 3-4 days between shaving.

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 23 reps Joined Oct 2010
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 5:33 PM
posted by OSH

Of course...have to lump people like this. It's not like beards are "new" or limited to any generation. But, do your thing.

Relax.  I was observing a lot of people I see every day that look to be 40 or younger have beards - more than half it seems like.  I threw it out to see if that was realistic or just my observation.  How is that "lumping" people?

33,369 posts 117 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 9:51 PM
posted by GOONx19

This was the first time I've ever heard of people shaving against the grain on purpose.

If I go with the grain, I’m shaving again at 3pm. Doesn’t get close enough to the skin. 

jmog Senior Member
7,737 posts 35 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 11:23 PM
posted by BRF

I start by shaving with the grain on the sides of my face and neck, then if some spots still feel rough, I go against the grain. 

Exactly what I do. Can’t see doing it any other way on a face. 

Zunardo Senior Member
815 posts 13 reps Joined Nov 2010
Fri, Jan 31, 2020 1:18 PM
posted by GOONx19

This was the first time I've ever heard of people shaving against the grain on purpose.

That's interesting - this thread is the first time I've ever heard of people shaving with the grain exclusively.  Maybe for folks with a lighter color  or finer textured beard, it's close enough?  Or are those folks using an old-fashioned cutthroat blade that's extra-sharp?  

I tried a barber shave a few months back for the first time - not sure I could tell the difference in closeness from me shaving, though.  I've seen videos of some barbers making several passes at different angles, but they're really moisturizing the face first.

OSH Kosh B'Gosh
4,424 posts 18 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Jan 31, 2020 1:36 PM
posted by Dr Winston O'Boogie

Relax.  I was observing a lot of people I see every day that look to be 40 or younger have beards - more than half it seems like.  I threw it out to see if that was realistic or just my observation.  How is that "lumping" people?

Who's not relaxed?

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 23 reps Joined Oct 2010
Fri, Jan 31, 2020 5:34 PM
posted by OSH

Who's not relaxed?

I was asking what percentage of people in the millenial age group have beards and you got worked up about my "lumping" people together - whatever the hell that means.  I see a lot of guys below the age of 40 who have beards I was wondering if anyone knew how many (based on a survey or something).  

thavoice Senior Member
15,437 posts 41 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 10:36 AM
posted by Laley23

With or against the grain?

Couldn't add a poll on my phone.

With. Against is uncomfortable.

MAC5 has been good to me over the years. Expensive but I can make a blade last 5-6 weeks with shaving 5-6 times/week.

O-Trap Chief Shenanigans Officer
18,909 posts 140 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Feb 5, 2020 11:33 PM

Against.  Feels smoother.

BRF Senior Member
11,621 posts 86 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Feb 6, 2020 12:09 AM

Upon further review after reading all the comments and actually thinking about them when I shave.........I go with the grain on the sides of my face first, then start with the grain on my neck, then immediately go back against the grain on the neck. Then I feel and go against the grain on my face if rough (almost always).....then I feel my neck again and go against the grain if still rough. 
 

 

jmog Senior Member
7,737 posts 35 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Feb 7, 2020 8:35 AM
posted by GOONx19

This was the first time I've ever heard of people shaving against the grain on purpose.

Only way to get it "smooth/close" is to go against the grain once it is short enough. I go with the grain first, then against to make it smooth.

Zunardo Senior Member
815 posts 13 reps Joined Nov 2010
Fri, Feb 7, 2020 8:53 AM

THIS is a clean close shave, lol.  No more flaky skin here!

 

BRF Senior Member
11,621 posts 86 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 5, 2020 2:42 PM

When I was shaving today, I was thinking about how I use my left hand for the left side of my face and my right hand for the right side of my face. A few days ago, on the baseball trivia thread, we were discussing players who threw left but batted right. It came out that Ironman92, cat_lover and myself do/did that rarity. So I was wondering if you use the same dominant hand to shave or do you switch hands?

thavoice Senior Member
15,437 posts 41 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 5, 2020 2:44 PM
posted by BRF

When I was shaving today, I was thinking about how I use my left hand for the left side of my face and my right hand for the right side of my face. A few days ago, on the baseball trivia thread, we were discussing players who threw left but batted right. It came out that Ironman92, cat_lover and myself do/did that rarity. So I was wondering if you use the same dominant hand to shave or do you switch hands?

And folks, we have officially ran out of interesting topics to discuss on the OC.

Looks like we can add the OC to Covid deaths.

 

But to answer the question, same hand to shave full face.

BRF Senior Member
11,621 posts 86 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 5, 2020 2:59 PM
posted by thavoice

And folks, we have officially ran out of interesting topics to discuss on the OC.

Looks like we can add the OC to Covid deaths.

 

I was laughing to myself when I made my post!

O-Trap Chief Shenanigans Officer
18,909 posts 140 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 5, 2020 3:12 PM
posted by BRF

When I was shaving today, I was thinking about how I use my left hand for the left side of my face and my right hand for the right side of my face. A few days ago, on the baseball trivia thread, we were discussing players who threw left but batted right. It came out that Ironman92, cat_lover and myself do/did that rarity. So I was wondering if you use the same dominant hand to shave or do you switch hands?

I switch hands, but it's not all one side or the other.

When I do cheeks and above, it's the same hand as the side of the face (right hand on the right, left hand on the left), but when I'm cleaning up my neck, it's the opposite (right hand on the left, left hand on the right), because my hair below my beard seems to grow from the middle out, so in order to go against the grain, I have to shave toward the middle.

 

 

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 90 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 5, 2020 3:39 PM

If I shave my neck with the grain, I get serious razor burn on at least the lower 2/3.  So for my neck, it's from the sideways or maybe like 10 degree angle toward the middle, and then against the grain.

But a lot of times for a quick shave I use an electric razor.  I prefer a blade, though.

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