Most men are shaving with cartridge razors, but there is a cheaper and better way to shave. Cartridge razors are expensive because you have to keep buying new cartridges in order to get a decent shave. Many of these cartridges have multiple blades. Cartridge companies market their blades as giving a closer shave than single blades. This is not only false, but multiple blades can cause issues with hair growth (such as hair becoming ingrown).
You don’t have to use cartridge blades though. Some use straight razors. I personally use a safety razor.
Before I say more, I’m going to give a short background story on how I discovered what I’m about to tell you. In 2015, I had an interview scheduled with Eric Hovind from Creation Today ministries. I went to get my haircut prior to that interview. I tried to shave, but I’ve always gotten a spotty shave with cartridge razors. I always had to choose between cutting myself up or not getting a close shave. Since I was going to be interviewed on camera, neither option appealed to me. I decided to get a shave at the barber shop. I was amazed at how close the shave was and I thought, “There has to be a way to get a closer shave at home.” I did some research online and I ran into some blogs that talked about “wet shaving,” and that is how I learned what I am about to tell you. All of the linked products in this article are the products that I use for shaving.
I bought my safety razor on Amazon. I also bought 100 blades for around 10 dollars. The blades that are used for safety razors are good for about six shaves per side of the blade. These blades are sharp so it’s important that you only use the weight of the razor or else you can cut yourself. If it feels like you have to apply pressure, it’s time to either use the other side of the blade or change it. Changing it only takes a few seconds. Safety razors will give you a closer shave than cartridge razors. Straight razors give a closer shave than safety razors, but sharp razors can also be risky to use because it is very easy to cut yourself with them (and the cuts can be pretty bad). You don’t need to buy shaving cream anymore either. You only need a brush, shaving soap, after shave, and water in order to shave with a safety razor.
There is a bit of an initial investment involved, but you can save around 75% a year on your shaving costs (perhaps more) by switching from a cartridge razor to a safety razor. I still haven’t gone all the way through my blades yet (I bought them in 2015), soap, and aftershave lotion yet. I am also still using the same badger hair brush for shaving that I bought in 2015. Considering a four pack of cartridges run you about six dollars, the investment will quickly pay for itself.
Here is what you need to get started:
1. Safety razor
3. Shaving Soap
7. Watch safety razor shaving tutorials on YouTube so that you can avoid cutting yourself badly.
I don’t typically use electric razors, but if I’m short on time or if I don’t feel like wet shaving, I received this electric razor 2 years ago. It does a good job by electric razor standards (that standard isn’t very high, any shave with electric razors will be spotty). It does a good job of trimming back facial hair enough to get rid of itchiness.