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#1 Dr.Zoidberg

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:18 AM

Ok, I know it's an odd question but I was put in the hospital last week due to headaches and it ended up being a blood clot in my brain. Out of the hospital now and am doing better. But now I am on blood thinners and was told to start using an electric shaver instead of my Mach 3 turbo that I have been using for quite a lot of years.

For those who use electric shavers, which kinds do you have or used in the past? Do you prefer foil or rotary? I used an electric shaver for about a month 10 yrs ago and hated it but now I don't have a choice. Thanks.
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#2 eldergamer

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:54 AM

I've never liked electric. I've got thick, bristly hair, and a 5 o clock shadow that shows up by noon.

I've always just used disposable razors. Just the gillette twin blade or something similiar. The triple or quad blades seem to rich for my blood, and usually cause me to end up drawing blood.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:00 AM

Electric doesn't keep my face as silky smooth as my Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor does.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:10 AM

Gillette Good News Sensitive Skin disposables with the pivot heads seem to do the trick for me, but I generally don't cut myself that often save for a stupid mole just under my nose.

I'd recommend if you're going electric for fear of cutting yourself while on blood thinners, I'd go for a trimmer rather than shaver depending on how you typically keep your facial hair. Mine doesn't usually grow in very thick, so a basic rechargeable trimmer on the lowest setting (I use a cheap Remington) handles the job while leaving me a respectable "haven't shaved in a few days" stubble. Between rotary or foil, I'd go rotary simply for cleanliness. Cleaner heads will result in sharper blades, and that'll go a long way towards being gentler on your skin overall.

#5 kodave

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:16 AM

Braun used to make decent electric shavers a handful of years ago but the recent model "updates" took a huge dip in quality. I think the company was sold to a different mega-corp parent company or something like that, thus the bad changes. They even eliminated the heated dry function from the cleaning stations in later model revisions. Pay more, get less! I personally dislike rotaries so the old model Braun I have works great for my purposes. If I could bum around and only shave once or twice a week I'd stick with the Gillette MACH3 Turbo.


#6 dmaul1114

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 01:53 PM

Braun Advantage 8995. Then go over it with a Gillette Fusion--no shaving cream, just water since is just some short hairs left in trouble spots and my skin isn't sensitive. That combo keeps me just as smooth as shaving with just the fusion and shaving cream, but is quicker and less messy.

I've used both rotary and foil shavers. I find the foil ones give me a closer shave. Easy to keep clean with the cleaning station or just wiping off with the brush it comes with after a shave.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:36 PM

I used to use a Braun, but like others have said, the quality took a dip and the razor was terrible. Currently I use a generic Mach 3 turbo. Been on the same razor now for almost a year due to the jeans/towel trick.



#8 dmaul1114

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:32 PM

I still have the old model Braun, but I have the new series 5 foil and blades on it now as that's all they make that fits it now. They got so-so reviews on Amazon, but they seem fine to me. Maybe just because my old ones were so worn out. In any case, still doing the job for me. But maybe it's not just the foil/blade change but changes in the newer shavers that make them suck?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:43 PM

I shave with a rusty hunting knife, the only way a man should!

No, actually I use a Mach 3. I've got a Fusion that I bought a while back, but that thing seems to hang a lot, I get more nicks and cuts with it then I do the Mach 3.
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#10 shieryda

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:51 PM

I, too, am curious about electric razors that might be mentioned in this thread. I have extremely sensitive skin (especially under my jawline and neck). I want to the make the switch to electric, but I'm not sure which type (foil or rotary) to buy. Some of them are pretty expensive!

Also, what is this jeans/towel trick that has been mentioned?

#11 DurbanBrown

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 03:54 PM

I used to like the rotary remington ones with the gel pump on it. I now have this one:
http://www.amazon.co...&keywords=BRAUN

I LIKE THE BRAUN WAY BETTER. I WILL BUY ANOTHER WHEN THIS ONE GOES OUT. AND IVE ALWAYS USED ELECTRIC.

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#12 mtxbass1

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:00 PM


Also, what is this jeans/towel trick that has been mentioned?


http://tlc.howstuffw...sharp-jeans.htm

Yes, this actually works. I rinse the blade, then dry it every time. That alone will help tremendously. Before I shave, I grab a pair of my jeans or a towel laying around and wipe the blades on it. It stays sharp for a loooong time this way. I've literally been using the same disposable razor now for about 11 months.



#13 Crunchewy

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:25 PM

I have used a Gillette Fusion Power for a while. I use to years ago use an electric razor (tried several), but I found those irritated my skin. I switched back to a good old manual razor and never looked back. So much better. More comfortable and a better shave. The more blades the merrier - less chance of cuts and the blades last much longer.

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#14 eldergamer

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:36 PM

But how often do you shave? I'm an every other day guy myself. And there's still spots around my lower neck that get irritated/rough nearly every time unless I go slow enough.

And sure enough, the shadow is back a few hours later.

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#15 nekromantix

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 05:50 PM

I'm using a Dovo Shavette right now. Wasn't very pretty (nicks/not shaving every area evenly) when I was first learning to use it, but now I hardly ever nick myself and would find it hard to go back to my old Fusion.

I've found it to be less irritating to my skin, and 200 blades for $10-11 ish certainly doesn't hurt.

Obviously not the best idea for your situation though.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:02 PM

I've used electric all my life. I don't like rotary blades. I used one once and by noon it looked like I hadn't even shaved that day, but I have a pretty heavy beard. It just doesn't give as close of a shave for me. However, I can still nick my adam's apple area a little if I'm not careful with my foil, so if you're worried about cutting yourself even a little you might just go with a rotary. I currently use this (I didn't pay nearly that much for it though). It's ok. I don't like the tiny third foil on it. I never pop that foil up separately, so I'd rather just have a third full sized foil. I have only bought a new electric razor like twice in my life, and I just buy whatever I can find on clearance.

#17 Crunchewy

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:04 PM

Oh, I didn't read the OP originally. Oops. So blade razors are out. I've got nothing I can provide as useful input, unfortunately.

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#18 eLefAdEr

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:12 PM

Schick Hydro 5 Power Select user here. I'm always looking for the smoothest one out there and this one has been good to me so far.

A good lather is just as important so don't skimp on the good stuff. I picked up a free kit from a store called The Art of Shaving and they have a nice selection of pre-shave oils and creams that really do feel a lot better than the conventional stuff you'd find at a drugstore or grocer.

For the OP: Braun or Remington's traditional foil electrics could be a good choice. How thick is your facial hair? Does it follow a particular pattern? I used to be an electric user for years but as my facial hair grew thicker, it would always leave behind a few spots, especially around the jaw and neck areas where my growth pattern would vary a lot.

Another thing to consider with switching between electrics and blades is that it takes at least a couple weeks to 'train' your beard because of the different ways they cut, which usually results in more irritation at the beginning.

And there's usually a subreddit for these kinds of things. Might be a good place to start as any: http://www.reddit.com/r/malegrooming/

#19 Dr.Zoidberg

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:21 PM

I ended up picking this one up from Target:

http://www.amazon.co...ic shavers arc4

Everything I read pretty much pointed to a foil shaver for my face so I will charge it up tonite and see how it does.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 06:28 PM

I use a trimmer since I usually don't mind the little hair left. If I want to go completely smooth, then I trim it and then I shave it off with a Gillette Fusion. Makes it easier on the razor.

#21 2DMention

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:04 PM

I use throw away razors. It's easiest. I've found electric razors pull your hair and hurt.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:11 PM

Water and a Schick. Electric shavers never gave me a close enough shave.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:14 PM

I use a Wahl beard/mustache trimmer to cut the excess hair off, then a Remington rotary electric shaver to get it close. I used to use just the Remington and it hurt like a bitch, because it would pull the hair if it was longer than stubble/shadow.

#24 CaptainJoel

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:27 PM

Electric doesn't keep my face as silky smooth as my Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor does.

This is exactly my deal.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:17 PM

I use disposables as well.

Never really liked the feel of electric.

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#26 dmaul1114

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:49 PM

I use a Wahl beard/mustache trimmer to cut the excess hair off, then a Remington rotary electric shaver to get it close. I used to use just the Remington and it hurt like a bitch, because it would pull the hair if it was longer than stubble/shadow.


That's one great thing about a lot of the Braun foil shavers, they have a blade in the middle of the foils for cutting longer hairs.

Still need to use a trimmer if it's really long, but I can go 2-3 days in between shaves and get no pulling as that middle blade cuts the longer hairs shorter, and then the stubs then fit in the foils and get cut close by the main blades.

Rotary shavers are bad about pulling longer hairs, and foil shavers without that blade just end up not cutting a lot of longer hairs as they just bend instead of going in the foils.

#27 dohdough

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:57 PM

My dad has this awesome Braun foil from like 25+ years ago. I love that thing and it still runs like a champ. I hope to inherit it and pass it down to my son if I ever have one.:D

#28 ScottBigGame

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:51 PM

I have used the Mach 5 turbo for a few years up until the the Fusion Proglide Styler came out. Yes, the one with the commercial that has Andre 3000 and the other guys.

It's awesome. The shave is great, the power vibrate is stronger than the turbo models. I love it. Just make sure you dry off the blade after every use. Those things are expensive.

http://www.amazon.co...fusion proglide

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:44 PM

Anyone here do wetshaving? I'm slowly transitioning into it from using disposables.


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

Disposables that are pitched after about 4-5 shaves. I just use dollar shave club. I know I can buy their blades in bulk but I'd rather just pay extra to not have a big bag of razor blades in my closet.
I used to use electric but finding and replacing the blades I am not sure how to do and too lazy to bother with so pretty much when the blades mess up then I never use it again.
I tried wetshaving but it took too long for me and I can shave with disposables in like a minute. Would rather do the quickest way.