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I hate shaving. It hurts, then my face feels chapped, but then if I don't shave for a while it gets real itchy. And yes, I have tried everything, so don't be like, "Oh, well then you're doing it wrong, you need to use a straight razor and the blood of a new born lamb!" How about you guys? Men only please, this is about FACE shaving.

Poll #1216729 How Often Do You Shave Your Face?

On Average, I Shave...

Every day
2-3 Times per week


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Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big fan of shaving either. Up until recently, I could go for at most a week before shaving. Much to my dismay, my genes prevent me from growing a full Karl Marx beard (which I so dearly wish I could) and it gets itchy and ingrown, so I HAVE to shave at some point (at least the sides of my face. I trim down the facial hair around the mouth every 3-4 weeks).

My little trick to get me to shave more regularly has been to start shaving in the shower. This is a little tricky because I don't have a shaving mirror in the shower (I have terrible luck with those) so I shave the general areas, then touch up in front of the bathroom mirror after the shower.

This has worked for me so far. Can't say my face has ever gotten chapped, though. Aren't there chemicals you can put on your face to prevent that?
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
I have to shave in the shower or my face will get scraped off. My facial hairs are like steel wire. And yeah, I use lotion on my face to help sooth it, but it still hurts.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Obviously I have a beard, but I shave my neck about once a week, usually on Friday or Saturday. I tend to trim my beard about the same, though I've been growing it out as of late.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Have you tried Nancy Boy's shave cream? Particularly if you lather it in a bowl with a brush? That shit is heaven, particularly when I keep the bowl seated within another bowl filled with water just off the boil. Mmmm...nice warm lather.

One way to try the brush thing to see if it's for you is to grab a bowl, a cheap brush (they have then at whole foods - it's boar bristle, but it does the trick) and some williams mug shaving soap (available pretty much anywhere - even safeway). Then check out tips and tutorials over at Badger and Blade - heck it's a site worth checking out anyway.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried that particular brand but I have tried some highly recommended creams that use a bristle brush and cup. I think I have read the tips on that site(did you link that a couple years ago?) and other similar sites. Like I said, I have tried everything. The brush and cup worked about equal to shaving in the shower to me, only with more mess, so I gave it up.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, something else I've thought about...
Have you ever gotten a professional barber shave? I have, and it was a surprisingly pleasurable experience.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, something else I've thought about...
I tried once and I was really excited, hoping it would be different but then the guy was like, "Damn, your whiskers is TOUGH!"
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Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Monday and Thursday are my shaving days. I hate shaving more often than that. I use a power fusion razor and shave balm (you know, the stuff you just smear on, that doesn't lather up), and I shave in the shower.

I hate to offer suggestions, since you railed against 'em, but have you considered just taking better care of your face in between shavings? Like, use a moisturizer and such? There are even lotions designed for skin underneath facial hair that keep things nice and supple but don't get gunky in the hair. Aftershave just soothes some after the damage is done.

Apart from that, all I can suggest is time. My facial hair used to be a lot tougher than it is now, and the only thing I could do to make shaving easier on myself was a long pre-shave treatment with hot water. Hot wet washcloth on the face, for several minutes, refreshed as often as necessary. Let the wiry little suckers soak up a lot of water, and they will get softer. But for that to work, you need patience.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah I use lotion on my face like every day but my facial skin is super sensitive. I might try that power fusion, I've heard good things about that. And I do let my facial hair get wet by shaving at the end of my shower, in the shower.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
If I shave every day the pain is minimal. But, if I wait even one day to shave it really hurts to shave.

My advice to you is to let your beard grown down to your belly, and then tie the bear hair to your belly button hair and pubes to create a pouch. YOu would never need pockets or a ipod holders again.

Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
I would do that but it gets really itchy. This was the most beard I was ever able to grow.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
I shave almost every day, but sometimes I'll skip a day on weekends when I can. If I go more than a couple of days not shaving, the first day I shave thereafter I will have a really shitty shave.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Hmm, maybe the answer is to shave more, and not less.
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Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I never shave. I do, however, trim every other week or so, when I cut the rest of my head. #1 on the top, #2 for the beard.

True Story: A friend said to me "Hey, how can you have a beard and be in a punk rock band?" I said (without missing a beat) "Are you kidding? What's more punk than being too lazy to shave?"
Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Man, it's true. I would never shave if I could tolerate the feeling of a beard. It just gets SO itchy to me, and my beard looks really skanky.
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Jul. 2nd, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
The face every damn day (I miss my twenties) and the fucking EARS two or three times a week, FFS. I must have some tough skin; I use nothing but Ivory as a lather, but rarely have any razor burns or nicks.
Jul. 3rd, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
I didn't do the poll because I'm female. However, I do want to offer some female perspective. I really don't like facial hair. It just doesn't look attractive, and it is no fun to kiss someone who is scraggly. That said, I can sympathize with you because I hate shaving too (not my face of course). I have black, thick hair and it either doesn't look fully shaved or I get razor burn because I've tried to go over it so much to get all the hairs. I hated it so much that I got laser treatment in two areas!
Jul. 3rd, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
I need to shave daily, but I only do it every five days or so on average.

It isn't really uncomfortable, though I have one spot on the right side of my neck that will get raw no matter what. I just hate doing it.
Jul. 3rd, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
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Jul. 3rd, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
I shave face and skull at least once a day. As for the itchies when starting a beard I have found a hard scrubbing of the face with a semi stiff brush (I use an oversized long bristle "fo-fo" nail brush)in the shower stops the itchies.
Jul. 3rd, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
I have extremely sensitive skin, and shave myself raw if I am not carful or use an old razor.

I have hair growing sideways on my neck, which is a pain in the ass to shave when it's long. If I have a few days growth, I take off the end of my electric clippers and run it over my beard to get the hair real short, then with NO WATER (sounds counter intuitive I know)I apply sensitive skin GILLETTE OR EDGE GEL with ALOE. Without water it really stays slickery and firm, and holds the hair strait out I guess...no nicks or scrapes usually, and skin does not scream. Try it...
Jul. 3rd, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
as a rule, I dont shave on my days off unless I am going to a function where I need to be clean shaven. Im lucky in the fact that my facial hair comes in fairly lightly, so I can get away with shaving every 3 days or so, but as of late I have been shaving in the middle of the week and not worrying about it until the following week. Like you, I despise shaving, but people dont really like grizzly adams waiting tables. :)
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