Manual or Electric Razor?

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    Sep 07, 2008 4:57 PM GMT
    I've been using an electric razor since I started shaving basically... it was nice and easy. Though, since my beard is getting thicker it is taking a lot longer to shave thoroughly. About two weeks ago I switched to a manual razor, hearing it gets a closer shave. So far, I have found I can go back with my electric and get closer. I've heard it takes time for your beard to adjust with a new shaving technique.

    What have y'all found?
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    Sep 07, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    I'm lazy and I like stubble. Electric.
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    Sep 07, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    Manual gives me a closer shave, but I use an electric about 60% of the time. It is cheaper and faster. I only use manual when I want to clear up some of the stubble that the electric has trouble with (I have a heavy beard that grows quickly).
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    Sep 07, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    I use both. I shave with a gillette fusion and then go back over with my electric. I get the closest shave that way. If I just blade shave, I always miss some part or I don't get close enough (like under my nose) then I drive myself nuts (moreso) about it.
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    Sep 07, 2008 6:02 PM GMT
    I despise shaving, and usually don't completely shave the hair around my jawline more than once a week (this is also vanity, as the shadow visually minimizes my over-sized mandible).

    I've found that I can shave it with a manual razor or a vibrating battery-powered, then go over it with an electric shaver for a closer shave and missed areas or areas along the contours of the neck that can't be closely shaved with a manual. The spring released trimmer on the "back" of the Norelco also helps on hard-to-get places, and can be used to trim longer hairs before using the manual in case you've been lazy for awhile and allowed them to grow a bit. Mustache is always taken care of by a manual.
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    Sep 07, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    blink777 saidI'm lazy and I like stubble. Electric.


    Agreed same here. Except I also use electric because my skin is uber sensitive to the razor and after I shave with a razor (last time I did was seriously 3 years ago) my face feels like burning, and peeling, and soooooo gross.
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    Sep 07, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    I use a tweezer. Takes hours but nothing gives a closer shave!
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    Sep 07, 2008 6:27 PM GMT
    I've had electric razors before. They never seemed to work very well, were very expensive, and didn't last long. (Seems like the motor or gears always quit before the blades needed changing.) I just gave up and went with the manual. The blades are expensive, but if you buy a big package at costco, they're not as bad.
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    Sep 07, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    manual all the way, i just kinda feel more in control
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    Sep 07, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    I actually really enjoy shaving and always use a manual razor. The most important thing when using a manual razor is being sure that you shave in the right direction and to always use good, sharp blades. And be sure to use a good shaving cream. Don't just slop it on there, massage it in to help lift the beard. You can also use a good pre shave oil that helps to lubricate your skin and lift the beard.
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    Sep 07, 2008 6:34 PM GMT
    i never use shaving cream, it's for pussies.
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    Sep 07, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    I think what has worked for me the best so far is using the manual blade then going over it with the electric razor, its a pain, but it gets the closest shave.
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    Sep 07, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    manual!

    The electric razor is not fun takes forever, since I get a homer Simpson shadow almost immediately after I shave.

    I think if you have light growth on the face an electric can be good, with heavy growth go manual.

    Every time I shave with an electric, even after weeks of trying to get used to it, my face is irritated and red, horrible feeling.
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    Sep 07, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    I used to always clean shaven (with manual razor) for years until last year when all of a sudden i started to get razor bumps.
    I stopped shaving with a manual, and started keeping a short beard that i maintian with an electric.
    I only shave clean for special occasions. The improvement in my skin has been dramatic.
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    Sep 07, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    I have a heavy beard and have tried many types.
    It all comes down to what works for you.
    Now I use a Norelco electric BUT it doesn't
    give a really close shave so I have to shave again at night if I go out to avoid the Homer Simpson shadow. icon_smile.gif

    The various manual blades and really good shaving Gel / creme works best and for the Black guys; I have heard there are some really good anti-shaving bumps powders and cremes that actually work!
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    Sep 07, 2008 8:14 PM GMT
    I have both, but most of the time I use a razor (Gillette Sensor... I hate the head geometry of the newer Gillete razors.)
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    Sep 07, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    I have a very short beard mainly because I don't like shaving. Every other day I use a manual ATRA razor to shave (with nothing, just after a shower) around the beard and on my neck.
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    Sep 07, 2008 10:51 PM GMT
    I shaved three times and said screw this, bought a beard trimmer and use them without a guide.
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    Sep 07, 2008 11:29 PM GMT
    I use my good old manual razor. Walk out of the shower, work in the shaving cream and with a few strokes is over. I have seen guys in the gym that take 10, 15 minutes going over and over and over the same area when they are shaving with the electric shaver. By the time they are done, I am already out of the gym. A few tips, always use a sharp blade, if you have a substantial growth of the beard, or you have a thick hair growth, use a good shaving cream, that does not have alcohol in it so dont be cheap and buy a good one. If you do not have a thick beard, some guys do not have a full facial beard, meaning they only grow hair along the lips and the chin, not around the face or under the chin, then you skip the shaving cream but do use an after shave. And do not press too hard on it, you are shaving, not sculpting you face.
  • chitown_mofo

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    Sep 08, 2008 12:49 AM GMT
    Electric. Easier and a little scruff isn't a bad thing.
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    Sep 08, 2008 1:03 AM GMT
    I generally use cheaper Schick two blade razor with the little white button that cleans between the blades. I dont have a heavy beard and Im a cheap f_ck. I have bought electric razors but they break down too soon for my liking. It seems that I didnt get a year out of them.
  • DCEric

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    Sep 08, 2008 1:13 AM GMT
    what is this shave thing you speak of?

    Edit: Ok, in the older pictures I was using a razor. I still remember this playboy (straight) I lived with in college who asked me how to shave- apparently puberty hit him a little late. I tried to explain that he shouldn't shave with a razor unless there was some hair there to remove... dumbass shaved anyway.
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    Sep 08, 2008 1:24 AM GMT
    Electric, Braun on skull and face and anyother body part...icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 10, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    I don't have any facial hair icon_razz.gif Don't need to shave.icon_biggrin.gif
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Sep 10, 2008 6:12 AM GMT
    bootstate86 saidI don't have any facial hair icon_razz.gif Don't need to shave.icon_biggrin.gif



    NICE! lucky you!