A Pro or a Beginner?
I have been wet shaving for the last couple of months. I am still at a learning curve. I learned a lot by reading forums and practicing the new information that I got. I have the best gear so far for my own setup. I know that shaving is a very YMMV experience. You just can’t blame me if my setup is not for you or if you think your setup is better than mine.
So I have this combination for my latest setup:
- A 1920s Gillette Razor
- A Dorco ST300 blade (2nd-time use)
- The Body Shop For Men Maca Root Shave Cream
- The Body Shop Shaving Brush
- The Body Shop For Men Maca Root After Shave
An Addiction that Needs to be Satisfied
As I have mentioned in my last post that I have a new addiction, a shaving addiction. I just can’t wait for my mustache to grow again so I can have my shaving time. I was so happy when the time has come for it.
I took a hot shower. I compressed my face with a hot towel. I built my lather creamy and slick. Everything was in perfect order. I was so excited. “Here it comes, the moment you are waiting for”, I thought.
Oh, boy. I was so wrong. I did a marvelous job to give my face several cuts. Yup. You read that right. I nicked myself at various places. I thought I was already a good shaver but I was not. Stupid me.
Warning! Graphic Image!
As you can see in the picture, that there are some red dots on my face. Yes. They were drops of blood. I just couldn’t believe my eyes. This was the first time ever that I nicked my face that badly. Usually, only 1 or 2 drops of blood if I happen to cut myself. Not that many. Oh, my beautiful face.
After I clean up and put an aftershave, I found that I actually did a good job of shaving. (If you do not mention the bloodshed). I think because I was so aggressive that I aimed for a BBS shave. You still can see that those blood were trying to escape my blood vessel. This is a hard learning curve.
Here are some reasons why it went wrong.
- I was too excited
- I rushed the process
- I took long passes
- Because I was too excited, I used pressure
- My blade was not sharp enough
I was too excited
Like I said, I developed a shaving addiction. I will not bore you to death telling the story again. Every time you are too excited, you will be too blind to see or do the right way.
I rushed the process
Yes, it was, actually, because of the addiction. I wanted to cut my mustache immediately. My hand moved as swiftly as it can without (or so I thought) injuring myself.
I took long passes
Why in the world I did that? I really have no answers. Maybe in my mind, I was a professional shaver. A professional barber that can wield a straight razor. Worthy of picking up that hammer! (hint: Thor’s).
When you are just learning, it is the safest choice if you do short passes. The long passes were awkward. My hand wasn’t stable enough to give a steady gliding movement.
I used pressure
Rookie mistake that I kept repeating. I have not shaken off my bad habit. This is really annoying. A pressure with a single blade automatically means you are drawing blood. Why would I keep doing it? I don’t want to draw blood. I want to draw a magnificent dragon!!!
My blade was not sharp
People really warned me several times about Dorco ST300. They are not sharp. Ditch them. Do not try them. Find another brand.
I was a hard-headed person. Especially when people said that shaving is a very YMMV experience. So I insisted on using a Dorco blade. Bad move. It was really a bad move. I immediately threw the blade away. Even after only using it for the second time. (usually, you can use it 3-4 times).
I am now hunting for blades. It is not easy to find blades in Indonesia. I really have to search every corner of the city to find blades. Strangely, my wife found them in a nearby store. What was I doing? But the quest of searching for blades still continues. The blades that my wife found was old and dirty. They have been collecting dust in the shop. Even the sales person was amazed that I asked for the blades. She asked whether I really use these kinds of blades.
I really don’t know if I already learned my lesson. There are more shavings ahead of me. One thing for sure that I would love to change is the blade. Like I said, my wife found a store that sells a bunch of blades. Different brands. I will buy them and try them.
I still have several Dorco blades that I intend to try again in the future. Maybe my learning curve is not suitable to use a Dorco. For the mean time, I will use another brand. I will keep you posted on my progress.
It is also about muscle memory and experience. I need to do more and more shavings. (Yipee!!) I suspect that it will take me several months before I am comfortable using a DE safety razor.
If you want to try my settings, find them:
- A 1920s Gillette Razor (you have to hunt this at eBay)
- A Dorco ST300 blade (Amazon USA), (Amazon UK does not have it)
- The Body Shop For Men Maca Root Shave Cream (Amazon USA), (Amazon UK)
- The Body Shop Shaving Brush (Amazon USA), (Amazon UK)
- The Body Shop For Men Maca Root Razor Relief (Amazon USA), (Amazon UK)
What is your learning curve so far from your shavings? Can you give me pointers on how to improve my shaving?