Recommendations for a newish daily shaver…..

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Hi all,

Just a little update after a weeks worth of reading and watching videos. I've taken the plunge and ordered the following.

- Edwin Jagger DE89 (with the knurled handle)
- 5 x Astra SP and 5 x Voskhod blades (razor comes with 1 feather blade)
- PAA cube for pre-shave
- Body Shop Maca Root shaving cream
- Barts Balms set of aftershave (to try out different ones)

Thanks for all the recommendations and advice.

All the bits should arrive this week, so will report back on my first DE shave in a week or so!
A great shave set up, which is all you will need for your introduction to the wonderful world of traditional wet shaving...Technique & shaving confidence is the key to good shaving results...Enjoy your shaves. Yours-Barry. (y)
 
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Another 2 shaves done. Both with the same set up but I've done cold water shaves in the evenings rather than warm in the mornings.
I have to say, it's certainly an improvement for me. The cold water certainly leaves my skin less irritated. I'm sure some of that is getting better with the technique as well but I think I'll carry on with cold water for the time being.

I'm doing 3 passes on my cheeks/jawline. 1 WTG and 2 XTG. I'm doing 1 WTG pass on my neck around my problem areas whilst my in-growns/bumps from electric shaving continue to subside. I'm currently using Bump Stopper 2 on these areas. Applying a couple of times a day as well as straight after shaving. I think it is also definitely helping reduce down the bumps.

I've got one more shave I have to do for work, before a few days off so I can rest the skin a bit and hopefully finally let the last of the bumps subside.

I hope that after that, I'll be able to do a couple of passes on the neck to get a better shave. I'm not going to chase BBS as I don't need that, but a DFS all over would do me.
 
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Another 2 shaves done. Both with the same set up but I've done cold water shaves in the evenings rather than warm in the mornings.
I have to say, it's certainly an improvement for me. The cold water certainly leaves my skin less irritated. I'm sure some of that is getting better with the technique as well but I think I'll carry on with cold water for the time being.

I'm doing 3 passes on my cheeks/jawline. 1 WTG and 2 XTG. I'm doing 1 WTG pass on my neck around my problem areas whilst my in-growns/bumps from electric shaving continue to subside. I'm currently using Bump Stopper 2 on these areas. Applying a couple of times a day as well as straight after shaving. I think it is also definitely helping reduce down the bumps.

I've got one more shave I have to do for work, before a few days off so I can rest the skin a bit and hopefully finally let the last of the bumps subside.

I hope that after that, I'll be able to do a couple of passes on the next to get a better shave. I'm not going to chase BBS as I don't need that, but a DFS all over would do me.
Great, honest feedback. Nothing earns success like keeping at it. Just watch the pressure, rest your skin when it tells you too and do what works for YOU. Don’t give in and ultimately, you WILL get great results. Oh, and for some but not all, BBS is a myth.
 
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Great, honest feedback. Nothing earns success like keeping at it. Just watch the pressure, rest your skin when it tells you too and do what works for YOU. Don’t give in and ultimately, you WILL get great results. Oh, and for some but not all, BBS is a myth.

Thanks. I have to say I'm really enjoying the process of DE shaving. Taking the time to apply the pre-shave, build the lather etc. And the very satisfying cutting noise! I think I'm getting better with the pressure. I've tried a few different grips and I seemed to have settled on holding it like pencil. Gives me good control and whilst keeping the pressure light.
Got to work on keeping the angle consistent as I move over the face but I guess that'll come with practice.

Ideally I'd be leaving a bit longer between these initial shaves to allow the skin a bit more time to recover but I've gotta keep on top of it for work.
 

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Thanks. I have to say I'm really enjoying the process of DE shaving. Taking the time to apply the pre-shave, build the lather etc. And the very satisfying cutting noise! I think I'm getting better with the pressure. I've tried a few different grips and I seemed to have settled on holding it like pencil. Gives me good control and whilst keeping the pressure light.
Got to work on keeping the angle consistent as I move over the face but I guess that'll come with practice.

Ideally I'd be leaving a bit longer between these initial shaves to allow the skin a bit more time to recover but I've gotta keep on top of it for work.
I don’t want to sound pretentious or patronising but that’s it mate, you'll be a winner at this malarkey. Great fun in the end and aye, the noise. Some razors are louder than others. It doesn’t really matter as long as you get the result YOU want but it certainly adds to the fun. I wonder what the consensus would be on opinions for the loudest razor?

Enjoy!
 

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Probably yuz Flatboy, no? Or has JJ still got it?
I have the Flatfellow here but I’m too scared! Also, I think I’m going to change it for the base metal as I’m liking the two-tone idea and aye well, where there’s brass…

Oh yes, meant to say that JJ kindly sent me a Premium Special to trial and actually it feels more nimble and natural than he of no hills. Il Razorine!
 
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Hi all

Just a little update. Quite a few shaves in and I'm certainly starting to hone the technique. Still got a couple of little trouble areas underneath my jawline that I have to go at from different angles but on the whole, my skin and face is definitely appreciating the switch to DE shaving. I've learnt not to chase BBS as I don't need that for work. Just a DFS and my skin thanks me for it. Just really enjoying the whole process of taking a little bit of "me time" to enjoy having a shave now.

The DE89 is giving me a really good shave. Just finished up my first 5 pack of Astra SP blades. Enjoyed using them. Efficient and irritation free. Gonna try my voskhod blades next so I have a comparison.
The bump stopper I used really did make a noticeable difference to my ingrown and razor bumps left over from electric shaving. It's good stuff, if somewhat expensive for the small amount you get. Since getting my technique down, I've not had to use it since.

Just another thanks to all the advice from everyone and to anyone else taking the plunge into DE shaving....do it and stick with it....your face will thank you!
 

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Hi all

Just a little update. Quite a few shaves in and I'm certainly starting to hone the technique. Still got a couple of little trouble areas underneath my jawline that I have to go at from different angles but on the whole, my skin and face is definitely appreciating the switch to DE shaving. I've learnt not to chase BBS as I don't need that for work. Just a DFS and my skin thanks me for it. Just really enjoying the whole process of taking a little bit of "me time" to enjoy having a shave now.

The DE89 is giving me a really good shave. Just finished up my first 5 pack of Astra SP blades. Enjoyed using them. Efficient and irritation free. Gonna try my voskhod blades next so I have a comparison.
The bump stopper I used really did make a noticeable difference to my ingrown and razor bumps left over from electric shaving. It's good stuff, if somewhat expensive for the small amount you get. Since getting my technique down, I've not had to use it since.

Just another thanks to all the advice from everyone and to anyone else taking the plunge into DE shaving....do it and stick with it....your face will thank you!
So many times threads like this get started and you never hear back from the OP so thank you for posting the update. Well done on your progress and it's only going to get better from here. You will then get to a point where you'll feel your acquired technique needs a challenge. The point various rabbit holes await.......... o_O
 
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Hi all

Just a little update. Quite a few shaves in and I'm certainly starting to hone the technique. Still got a couple of little trouble areas underneath my jawline that I have to go at from different angles but on the whole, my skin and face is definitely appreciating the switch to DE shaving. I've learnt not to chase BBS as I don't need that for work. Just a DFS and my skin thanks me for it. Just really enjoying the whole process of taking a little bit of "me time" to enjoy having a shave now.

The DE89 is giving me a really good shave. Just finished up my first 5 pack of Astra SP blades. Enjoyed using them. Efficient and irritation free. Gonna try my voskhod blades next so I have a comparison.
The bump stopper I used really did make a noticeable difference to my ingrown and razor bumps left over from electric shaving. It's good stuff, if somewhat expensive for the small amount you get. Since getting my technique down, I've not had to use it since.

Just another thanks to all the advice from everyone and to anyone else taking the plunge into DE shaving....do it and stick with it....your face will thank you!
Great news!
 
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If you're having trouble getting round the jawline try stretching the skin. This is an old straight razor trick: put your fingers on your cheek above the jaw and pull up. You can shave right around the jaw bone like this without actually having to get under the jaw bone.

Skin stretching might also help on the neck. If you throw your head up and back that's often enough. You can also put a finger either side of your Adam's apple and pull down gently.

A light touch, a nice slick soap (plenty water mixed in), and skin-stretching will help avoid any problems with irritation or nicks. Skin stretching flattens the skin a little and stops it moving while you shave so the blade has less chance of digging in.
 
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