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15 yr old DS, shaving advice please

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Colourarc Thu 14-Aug-14 00:09:48

Title says it all really.
DS, doesn't seem bothered atm although he has a dark downy tash but I'd like to be ready.
So, wet shave or electric razor?

Any tips very welcome.

Theas18 Thu 14-Aug-14 11:24:50

Electric razor - basic sort here . He'll decide later re wet shaving etc

Electric means he won't shred acne. He Los won't clutter up the bathroom for hours!

Colourarc Thu 14-Aug-14 11:38:58

Thanks for that, Theas
Did he ask for it or did you buy it and have it ready/encourage him?

Madlizzy Thu 14-Aug-14 11:48:45

All of my boys wet shave. They had a little guidance to begin with.

AuntieStella Thu 14-Aug-14 11:55:18

Ask their DF? Or if he's not around, any other male relatives?

DS1 will need to start soon, and I expect will wet shave because his father does. I am thinking of buying a shaving tutorial at a proper barber's when he's a bit hairier.

Theas18 Thu 14-Aug-14 12:38:54

We just popped a cheap electric razor in his Xmas stocking one year before it became a big thing.

Trapper Thu 14-Aug-14 12:45:32

Wet shave with a decent razor and gel/foam. I taught myself with a disposable bic confusedconfusedconfused

Colourarc Thu 14-Aug-14 13:32:50

DH has spoken to him as well, DS is just in denial!

DH wet shaves and hates it, but doesn't get on with electric shavers.

Thanks for your replies

HowardTJMoon Thu 14-Aug-14 13:33:39

When I was a teenager I used an electric razor at first but quickly found that wet shaving gave a much better shave. For many young men there is also a rite-of-passage cachet to wet shaving. Good razors help as does a willingness to replace the blades regularly. I'm currently using a Sainsbury's own-brand Advance six-bladed number. Six blades is overkill but it does give a good result. Gillette Mach 3 is good as well but the blades are expensive.

My tips (copied from the last time this subject came up):

1) Hot wet flannel on face

2) A bit of shaving foam/gel (you don't need loads)

3) Shave downwards - ie, in same direction as hair growth. No more than a couple of strokes of the razor on any one spot and wash the razor frequently. Try to stretch the skin a bit as that helps the hairs stand out. It only needs a light touch, so don't press it hard into the skin. Be particularly careful around your lips as it's easy to nick them, and don't let the razor slip sideways.

4) Feel the shaved area for any remaining stubble, and shave those areas again (once!) but this time going against the direction of hair growth. Don't forget that facial hair may not be growing in the direction you think it should.

5) A bit of soap and cool water to wash off, followed by after-shave balm if required.

6) Clean any and all bits of hair and shaving foam out of the sink!

Colourarc Thu 14-Aug-14 14:10:03

Thanks Howard, might show this to my DH wink

mygrandchildrenrock Thu 14-Aug-14 22:12:48

We popped a £20 electric shaver in DS stocking last Christmas, he was just 16. He uses it once or twice a week.

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