Why on earth should I even be bothered about shaving if I have a beard?
Well let me tell you why. You see my facial hair grows thick and fast, unlike the hatr on my head ~ blast it! If I leave it to grow fully it almost makes my eyes disappear. And I have difficulty wearing a collar and tie or even a scarf. In fact whilst on a visit to Canada one winter a few years ago I was mistaken for a Hobo by an old acquaintance from South Africa whom I had not seen for some years. Then a few days later I was standing outside a Mall in Burlington, waiting for my son and his wife whilst watching the world go by and drinking a coke out of the can. A lady came up to me, patted me on the hand and said the Canadian equivalent of the South African expression, "Ag shame, hey. Enjoy your Christmas." She then stuck a ten dollar bill into the can, leaving me speechless. When I tried to call her back she almost ran away. So I kept it until I saw a Charity Box.
So, what is the big deal then about shaving?
Again, I am going to bare my soul here.
You see, over the last two years alone, I have tried every sort of razor I can find. Double Blade; triple blade; quadruple blade; now there is even one with five blades. The snag is that each time you buy one the blades to fit are taken off the market place, You go back to replace the blades because this one was the best only to find you cannot get one. Even the packaging is done in such a way as to conceal the connection. I found only one blade that actually worked. I bought five cassettes. After that zip, zilch and not one of the newest ones gives a good shave for all the hype. The latest one was a Wilkinson Sword electric vibrating four speed monster with a beard trimmer. Both the shaving blade and the trimmer clog up and jam the vibrator. And to add insult to injury I have spent almost hundred pounds on the handles alone.
Shaving soaps etc.
Then comes the goop one is expected to shave with. Costly, smells good but stings. And it doesn't even give a good shave. No idea what I spent. I finally used Pears Soap and that was the best and it isn't for shaving it is for washing!
Problem, reaction ~ what was the solution?
When I was a youngster in the forces etc, I had to shave every day and very closely. I never had this problem. Why? Was I young and tough? Not really, I was a wimp. So what was the difference? The penny dropped. In those days one could only get one type of razor, the old Double Edged Saftey Razor, designed in the early 20th Century by King Gillette. You could get really expensive ones but the one I used was a Gillette.
OK, so let's try that type. I visited every man's shop in my city of Basingstoke but no go, nothing, zip, zilch. "Why not but one of these modern ones?"
So I went to the trusty old Web and Googled Double Edged Razors. Amazingly there are many, many makes and suppliers. The prices range from about £27 to over £70. Mmm. What happens if it doesn't work. Then on my account at Amazon.co.uk I found a Wilkinson Sword DE Razor. So I sent for it. Only £6 including postage and it arrived two days later (I ordered it at night). And that included FIVE blades.
Then I tried it out. Not the best shave, I must admit. However, there were three things making it difficult.
1. I was deeply sunburnt.
2. I was using Pear's Soap.
3. I was out of practise.
Still it was pretty good.
That was the razor taken care of. Let me now go in and get some shaving soap, the old fashioned kind. I went around all the shops and pharmacies in Basingstoke. Eventually, I found some in Boots the Chemist ~ their own brand. It was hidden at the bottom of the shelving beneath all the expensive goop. Not enough profit if everyone takes up shaving the old fashioned way? I also bought some skin shaving balm.
Today I used it to shave for the first time and you know what? I enjoyed the experience. It was great. The first time in years, literally, that I actually enjoyed shaving and my face has a good healthy glow, not the normal painful, irrtated glow of the past several years.
Problem? No way. Solved
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