Great tips and advice, thinking about that safety razor.. might give it a try!
Whether you think shaving is relaxing, an art form for you to master, or a miserable time sink, you probably still have to do it, and anything worth doing is worth doing well. Hopefully some of our favorite products get put to good use making your face a bit smoother, and we can't wait to hear your recommendations in the comments.
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The Trim, Body Hair, Nose Hair, DIY Haircuts, and Head Shaving
Trimmer: Wahl Peanut Professional Trimmer and Clipper | $35
We prefer to cut away the bulk quickly and effectively before taking our time on the remainder. The big decision here is whether to go wired or wireless, but to be honest, even with a thick, fast-growing beard, I've found that most trimmers with recognizable names easily get the job done. The Sweethome recommends the wired Wahl Peanut Professional Trimmer and Clipper, and I can second that. If you must have a touchscreen, there's this Remington that Gizmodo has previously covered.
Body Hair: Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro | $70
If you want to remove hair from other regions like your back, chest, or armpits, then the Philips Norelco Bodygroom Pro has been the way to go since it hit the market. It's hypoallergenic, self-sharpening, has a cool charging stand, and can be taken right into the shower. As a bonus, it's got a beard trimmer on the other end, so you can cut down on the number of gadgets in your bathroom. Here's a Gizmodo review of a previous model, which has since been improved upon.
Nose Hair: Panasonic Vortex Nose and Facial Hair Trimmer | $12
Unfortunately you can't shove one of those trimmers up your nose, and we're not big fans of sticking scissors up there either. For trimming nose hair, this Panasonic Vortex is cheap, gets the job done nicely, is hypoallergenic, and comes right into the shower with you. It's also the #1 bestseller in the category.
DIY Haircuts: Philips Norelco Headgroom Plus | $38
For the truly brave, or those with very simple hair styles, there's always money to be saved in DIY haircutting. The Philips Norelco Headgroom Plus makes the task a snap, no trip to the stylist necessary.
Head Shaving: HeadBlade ATX All Terrain Head Razor | $15
An electric razor certainly provides the most convenient shave, doesn't require a sink or shower, and is easy to travel with. It's an extremely competitive market, and one I've probably spent more time than anyone should researching. The Braun Series 7 line is my recommendation to anyone, regardless of facial hair quality. While I personally own the 790cc, the 760cc is significantly cheaper, and the differences are negligible. It's important to note that the 760cc and 790cc both use cleaning cartridges that you will have to periodically replace. That may be a deal breaker to some people, but for me, knowing the sharp object I'm pressing against my face is clean (and that I didn't have to clean it myself) is a must. The 760cc also gets The Sweethome's vote.
Gizmodo also has a great recommendation for those wanting to dip their feet into the electric razor game at a lower barrier to entry. At $63, the Philips Norelco Click and Style is less than half the price of Gizmodo and my picks. It's also a great investment if you prefer a method of shaving other than electric but want to keep an electric on hand for certain situations.
If you're not using an electric razor, then you're probably using a razor with disposable cartridges. Product lines like Gillette's Fusion Series are as ubiquitous as they are effective. In fact, the Gillette Fusion took 40% of the Lifehacker reader vote. The problem is that name brand cartridges are incredibly expensive.
Seeing a golden opportunity to supply millions of men with much-needed cartridges, Dollar Shave Club emerged to provide a cheaper-than-Gilette razor subscription service, but thanks to Lifehacker, we can tell you that Dollar Shave Club cartridges are supplied by Dorco, a brand which you can buy yourself for a third the price of Dollar Shave Club, which amounts to exponentially less than Gillette.
Dorco razors come in 3, 4, and 6 blade varieties (that's one more blade than Gillette!), and any Dorco blade fits on the universal Dorco handle. You will lose the vibration feature found on the "Power" versions of Gillette's handles, but it's a very small price to pay for huge savings.
- Dorco Handle with ten 6-blade cartridges | $20
- Dorco Handle with ten 4-blade cartridges | $17
- Dorco Handle with ten 3-blade cartridges | $14
Fresh from the comments section is the Razorpit, a product that will keep your blades sharper even longer, and also doubles as a very cool stand for your razor.
- Razorpit | $28
I was skeptical of the whole safety razor concept, but after strong recommendations from Lifehacker Readers, Lifehacker Editorial, and The Sweethome, I decided to give it a shot. As it turns out, safety razors are not only cheaper than the other options we've discussed so far, but also offer a closer and faster shave. My Gillette/Dorco need to be rinsed after every single swipe, and they degrade quickly, especially the lotion strip on the Gillette Blades, but the safety razor is durable, and able to handle a few swipes worth of hair before needing a rinse.
If you combine the regular and long-handle versions, Merkur Razors took 30% of the Lifehacker vote, and were certainly the most popular safety razor. I like the longer handle, but that's really just a matter of preference. Pair either handle with Personna Blades for a brilliant shave. By the way, those blades are 100 for $12.
Another option: Feather Blades are also a great choice, very popular in our comments section, and the #1 bestseller on Amazon. Both brands are so cheap that you can easily give them each a try.
Take your savings a step further and follow this Lifehacker tip to keep your razors sharp using mineral oil. You can also substitute peanut butter for shaving cream, or even make your own shaving cream like I do. When you cut yourself, be sure to reach for an alum bar, and always treat your skin before shaving.
No cartridges, no blades, no cleaning solution refills, no electricity, but you might go Sweeney Todd on your own face. I've never used a straight razor, so as usual it's Lifehacker to the rescue with a tutorial. I'll also defer to The Sweethome's recommendation of the Dovo 5/8- buy it once, use it forever.
Shaving Mirror: ToiletTree Fogless Shower Mirror | $35
One of the few drawbacks of moving your shave to the shower is fog, but you can easily remedy that with this Fogless Mirror from ToiletTree. It's an easy recommendation because it's basically the only mirror that actually stays fog-free, and it also adds a convenient shelf to your shower.
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