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07-12-06, 11:25 AM #1
Toward a Better Shave
Toward a Better Shave
By Rodney Cutler
Your Problem: Shaving. I'm awful at it. I detest it.
Rodney's solution: The average guy will shave about 20,000 times in his lifetime. Triple that if you're Eugene Levy. If every shave leaves you feeling like you've just hacked at your face with a cheese grater, it's gonna be a long, painful ride.
I recommend every man sit down for a professional shave at least once. For $20 to $60, you'll learn what can be achieved with a sharp blade in a (hopefully) steady hand. I was scared as hell the first time I took a seat at the Art of Shaving ($35 to $55; artofshaving.com; in Miami, New York, and Las Vegas), but it was the best scrape I've ever had. Any time a guy holds a razor to your throat and you come out okay at the other end, you can't help but feel invigorated. Going to a pro will reveal the steps of a flawless shave, and the store even offers a kit that makes it idiot-proof: Prepare with the pre-shave oil ($22) to soften skin, lather up with the shaving cream ($22), shave, and moisturize with the aftershave balm ($38). Whatever products you use, always include each of these four steps.
If you can, shave after, or even during, a hot shower, which will soften your hair and skin and open your pores. A serious shave cream that provides a good lather is Kiehl's White Eagle ($14; kiehls.com), but Nivea's shaving gel ($3; niveausa.com) works well for less dough. If you can tolerate scents, try Aveda's peppermint shaving gel ($12; aveda.com), which delivers a warming tingle that can become an addiction. Apply creams or gels with a badger-hair brush ($50 to $250), which lathers more evenly than your hands and lifts the hair, giving you a closer shave.
Always shave in the direction of hair growth; you'll prevent razor burns, rashes, and ingrown hairs. If you think you need to get closer, relather and then gently shave across the grain. It's tricky, but it's the only way to get that baby's-butt smoothness. Avoid alcohol-based aftershaves; they'll just strip your skin. Instead, follow up with a moisturizer. Two favorites: Anthony Logistics for Men moisturizer ($25; anthony.com) and Caswell-Massey's Greenbriar lotion ($19; caswellmassey.com). Treat nicks properly with a styptic pencil, like L'Occitane's shaving stick ($10; loccitane.com). One quick dab and the bleeding's done. Finally, remember that razors have a shelf life . After a good four shaves, it's time to toss the blade.
-AS TOLD TO JENNIFER KIM
Rodney Cutler is a former Australian-football player and Ironman triathlete, and the owner of the Cutler salons in New York City.
EDITOR'S NOTE: There are many fine places to be shaved. The Carnegie Hall Barber Shop in New York (212-581-8990), if Helio or Carmen is working, is one, as are the plush chairs across town at Paul Labrecque (paullabrecque.com) or at Truefitt & Hill in Chicago, Las Vegas, London, and Toronto (truefittandhill.com). But the finest shave in our experience was at the barbiere in the Dolce & Gabbana store in Milan (011-39-02-76408881). Every aspect of the experience is epic, from the unique method of soaping your beard to the waving of the sheet with which you have been covered in order to create a gentle breeze that dries your face.
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07-12-06, 11:30 AM #2
07-12-06, 01:28 PM #3
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07-12-06, 01:28 PM #41*girl GuestPrepare with the pre-shave oil ($22) to soften skin, lather up with the shaving cream ($22), shave, and moisturize with the aftershave balm ($38). Whatever products you use, always include each of these four steps.
Prepare with pre-shave oil? And men complain about the amount of time us women spend in the bathroom!
07-12-06, 04:39 PM #5
I use the King of Shaves oil before shaving only once or twice a week. Only after my pass days as my growth is a little thicker,. IT works well. SOme peppermint or sesame oil thing, I dont know but its good. ALso use a new razor frequently as the hair gunks up betwen the blades. Or take a Q-tip and clean out the hair gunk...
I hate shaving...A monday morning lunatic, disturbed from time to time. Temporary catatonic madman on occasion..
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07-12-06, 04:50 PM #6
I shave twice a day and it pissis me off sometimes haha. No way for that price.This message was brought to you by Tampons. We
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07-12-06, 04:51 PM #7
Just buy that new 5 bladed razor and lather up. So far thats the best shave I've had!Just because your sign off after you're shift is done, doesn't mean that it's over and put blinders on. You're a cop 24/7 wether you like it or not. If thats something you can't handle, you should find a new line of work!
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