Difference between shaving with manual razor vs. electric shaver?

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  1. ogruskie

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    I've been shaving for about 4 years (started at age 13), and have always been using some sort of Gillette razor. However, the whole shaving process is beginning to seem time consuming. You wash the face, apply shaving cream, shave, wash face, apply aftershave (otherwise my sensitive skin is flaming up). Sometimes I'd rush and get bloody cuts that don't stop bleeding for 5-10 minutes. Sure, I get a fantastic smooth finish afterwards, but its just waaay time consuming.

    So I was considering switching to an electric shaver. I hear they don't cut as close though, is that true? Whats are the advantages/disadvantages to an electric shaver over manual shaving?
     
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  2. Deuce

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    Electric is significantly faster, and with electric, it's much easier to shave off a growth of several days.

    Also, less waste is produced with any non-disposable item than with its disposable counterpart.
     
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  3. River Hill

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    I have and used both. Use electric when I am in a rush and don't need the close shave, but I mostly use a blade and Aqua Velva:oops:
     
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  4. Tempest344

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    electric doesn't shave as well..but you just go over the stubble a lot more
    they are pretty easy to clean as well

    I don't mind manual though..I only need a bit of water
    and I'm ready..blades last a lot longer too
     
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  5. fantom

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    I used an electric years ago, but went to razor and never looked back. I always felt like the electric missed too many hairs. I would go over the same hairs again and again and they wouldn't be cut. I think my hair "lays down" against my face, though, rather than growing straight out (perpendicular to the skin) if that makes any sense.
     
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  6. westside

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    I use an electric shaver.

    I hate the amount of time it takes with a manual shaver

    Although the manual shaver probably provides a somewhat smoother shave
     
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  7. ATXtennisaddict

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    I prefer manual shaving. I use a Mach 3 razor and Brave Soldier Brave Shave cream.

    The shave cream makes all the difference.
     
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  8. Mansewerz

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    I've been shaving for about a year and 4 months. I haven't tried electric. I've only tried a razor, and it's definately worth the extra time.
     
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  9. BCEagle01

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    Manual is mandatory. The ONLY way to get a close, clean shave. I like using the Art of Shaving or Kiehls products. What really helps with razor burn is getting a pre shave scrub and some pre shave oil. Preps the beard. Man, I sound like a girl with all this stuff.
     
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    I don't know how true it is, but rumor has it that electric shavers damage the skin a little more (at the microscopic level) than their manual counterparts.
     
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    Interesting. Say, OP, you're experiencing a classic adult male problem: just getting TIRED of shaving!

    That's why a lot of guys on vacation, etc., will just let it go. Especially if there's no wife to pick at you.

    The times I tried electric it just felt like it didn't do a good enough job for me, husky Teutonic male that I am :) . At any rate, in a concession to the forces of environmentalism, I jettisoned the shaving cream can and now use a cup and brush to lather up. You get the little cakes of shaving soap at Walgreens and such places.
     
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  12. SoBad

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    Razors are better if you travel - they're lighter and more compact, easily and cheaply replaceable if lost, you don't need to buy adapters or converters, and in fact don't depend on electricity at all.
     
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  13. Electric is a nice idea, but not worth it. First, the shave is worse. Not close enough. Many hairs are missed, and you give yourself ingrowns and rash pressing the thing into your face, trying to get it to work.

    Plus just like regular blades, the blades get dull and have to be replaced.

    Barbosol + Gillete sensor = heaven
     
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  14. Feña14

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    Yeah shaving isn't really much fun.

    I only do it once a week and even then, it's only because a proper beard would be pretty annoying.

    I use a manual though when I do, and shave in the shower.. The hot water and steam makes it alot easier imo, but even so, it still takes a good 10 minutes to get it right.
     
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    ^^Lucky you. I just moved into this flat last week, and the shower is quite fancy (almost like a mini-sauna), but the way the mirror is positioned on the side in there, you have to be some yoga master to shave in front of it. So I prefer to travel between the water source in the bathroom and the mirror in the hallway instead…:( So maybe I need to do market research for a separate hangable (or hand-held) mirror.
     
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  16. Dedans Penthouse

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    Use a blade (Mach III) razor. After I finish washing hair and body, I then put shaving gel on and let it sit for a minute or so in the hot shower. From there, I shave at the sink using COLD water to rinse the blades during my shave. Razor blades being very, very thin are subject to warping--however slightly--when subject to hot water which translate into nics and cuts. Cold water "tightens" the metal in the blade.
     
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  17. Nadal_Monfils

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    Manual shaving doesn't take that long. Although I do lose my patience waiting for the whole 3 seconds it takes to microwave my Pop Tarts in the morning.
     
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  18. Feña14

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    Ahh yes I just use a cheap handheld one with a stand that can rest on the shelf which I suppose is meant for soap/shampoo etc..

    I've tried shaving in the sink since but i'm not as comfortable with it.
     
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    ^^ That's clever. I need to do market research (browse around the market when i wake up without getting unnecessarily stabbed by drunken otmorozki on the way) for a hand-held mirror. And that way I can have it in my bathkit for when I run away to live in the mountains away from civilisation later on this year.
     
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  20. FloridaAG

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    Well - this is entirely accurate as far as I am concerned. I used to use Kiehls from 94-06 or so and now use Art of Shaving - but I doubt anyone who is 17 or 18 is going to do that. I hate electric shavers so only use manual -
     
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  21. Murray_Maniac

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    Ive been shaving for a few years & I started off w/ a manual until I got an electric for christmas. I hate electric. I have to go over my sideburns and chin like 20 times to get every hair. Im going to buy a manual once I get a job soon.
     
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  22. ClubHoUno

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    I bought the most expensive top models from Braun and Philips and they did an OK job, but once you get used to razor shaving, electrical shaving just feel like cr_ap - seriously !

    I use the new Gillette Fusion Power. The blades are expensive, but WOW - what a shave they give you - nothing comes even close to this :D
     
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  23. What is the swing weight and balance on that GFP? Are you sure it's the same one Federer uses?

    Etc.

    /obligatory

    :eyeroll:
     
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  24. ogruskie

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    No, he uses a Mach 3 with a Fusion paintjob with a touch of lead on the razor for added power on hair removal. Just keep in mind that its a very demanding razor and not recommended for beginners.
     
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  26. SFrazeur

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    My suggestion to any one is to try different brands. I'm a Gillette user. I rarely cut myself with their blades. I had problems with Shtick razors cutting my face. Although I haven't tried tShtick in quite some time. I need new razors so I might give them another go.

    I also suggest shaving in the shower. I personally do not shave with a mirror, I think I get better results by feel, but for most I would certainly recommend a mirror. I also suggest flossing and brushing your teeth in the shower as well. You can find a lot of extra time for maintenance while in the shower. Yeah, I'm a little strange, I almost always take at least two showers within 24 hour period. Although, during summer I can be in the shower three or four times.

    -SF
     
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    What is all this bull that people are spewing about the 'importance' of a 'really close shave' than manual razors give??

    Firstly, most girls like a bit of stubble. Some say they don't like it - but they do.

    Secondly - and most importantly - the 'closeness' of the shave lasts about 4 hours. After those 4 hours, there is no difference between a manual and an electric shave.

    ^ Yeah, you certainly do.
     
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  28. SFrazeur

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    There is nothing lacking in masculinity in being into the details of one's own personal appearance.

    -SF
     
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  29. LanEvo

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    i always use a manual razor, because it shaves alot more closer, while the electric ill use ocassionally, but it just doesnt do the job for me
     
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  30. ollinger

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    A friend told me he read a study about 20 years ago that showed that people who used electric razors were far more likely to develop lymphomas such as Hodgkins Disease than people who used razors. I didn't make terribly much of it, though it struck me that those lymphomas often initially present with an enlarged lymphnode mass felt just above the collarbone, an area the electric razor passes over. I still don't know whether it was a meaningful finding, but I have to say that I started shaving more often in the shower with a razor, using the electric only when I'm in a hurry.
     
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