Editor’s note: Special thanks to guest blogger, Mark Szorady of Georgetoon, for writing this piece.
I came back to wetshaving after 20 to 30 long years of using over-priced electric razors. My problem was, I never really learned the proper method of wet shaving. No one showed me how.
So, I foolishly abandoned this tried and true practice and gravitated to what Madison avenue was selling. Electric razors. With each new electric razor there was a promise of shaving perfection that always, and eventually, fell short.
As if on planned-obsolescence cue, the electric razor’s blades would become dull, then even duller. The battery would lose its youth and vitality slowing down to a steady, yet usable crawl.
With each passing day, the electric razor’s life would shorten a little more, losing its muscle to move the blades. The promise of a clean and efficient shave was being diminished.
The end result? An incomplete shave. Hairs were missed. That five o’clock shadow now started to appear at two o’clock.
The solution was always to visit the nearest big box store and purchase a set of replacement blades. It’s here that I discovered that the replacement blades cost nearly as much as a brand new electric razor!
So, once more, I would kick-in the extra dollars and opt for the newest electric razor. The slick packaging and bright shiny newness would win me over and I’d start down the wrong shaving path once more.
(I have a large box of old electric razors to prove my foolishness.)
I lament the wasted time and money spent on a method of shaving that, over time, proved futile and possibly neglected needed care for my skin.
So, how did I break the cycle?
How did the switch to come back to wet shaving happen?
Well, by and by, my “new” electric razor wore down and needed to be replaced. There I was,
like before, in the shaving aisle of my neighborhood big box store combing the shelves for the
latest and greatest in electric shavers. However, it hit me like a bucket of cold ice water.
This time around, those electric razors had doubled and tripled in price. I was faced with shelling out even more hard-earned dollars knowing that I would find myself, in a year or two, going through the same ritual. I’d be standing in the shaving aisle of the neighborhood big box store combing the shelves for the latest and greatest electric razor.
My wallet said, ‘No!” I walked out without buying anything.
When I returned home, I decided to get busy and do some cleaning to help me forget. The house I was living in was purchased a few years earlier from my late father’s estate. So, I’d been cleaning and organizing things, little by little. It was while cleaning under the bathroom sink that I stumbled on it. I found my late father’s Gillette Safety Razor. It was in perfect shape!
A bit of research showed that the razor was from 1957! Here was shaving device that was 60 years old and never needed to be replaced! AND still in perfect working order! My father’s words from years ago came rushing back. He always used to tell me I was wasting time and money on electric shavers. He would insist that the safety razor and the wet shave gave you the BEST shave and shaving result!
I set dad’s razor aside. I decided to go online and research safety razors and perhaps purchase my own. I discovered that there were many to choose from! And they were wonderfully affordable! I purchased one (and at a 75% savings over a high-end electric razor). I also bought some shaving soap and razor blades. Next, I used the power of the web to learn how to wet shave. There was a wealth of information! Videos, blog entries, web sites, etc.
I learned proper skin prep ( A hot shower to soften the beard and open the pores), the three-pass shaving method, and post shave skin care.
The first wet shave was glorious! Super close, sleek and comfortable! Here was shaving nirvana! My skin was soft, smooth and clean! Five o’clock shadow was postponed until early next morning! Plus, shaving the same way my dad and granddad did, I suddenly felt like a real Man!
And the really big bonus in all this? A shaving device that will last a lifetime, never need replacement, and a process that costis only pennies a day! Millennials, Gen-Xers, and others, heed my words! Throw away the electric razor and the plastic disposables. Embrace the wet shave! You’ll look better, feel better and save money! In the long run, with each morning shave, you’ll reclaim your manliness!
My only regret is, I didn’t discover the Wet Shave Club sooner. For pennies, all this wet shaving goodness is delivered to your door. And they take care of all the guesswork! Unlike misguided guys who still insist on shaving with an electric razor, you’ll never need set foot in a big box store again.
About the Author:
Mark Szorady is a cartoonist. He has drawn cartoons for King Features Syndicate and DBR Media. His comic strip “George” was distributed nationally to 1600 weekly newspapers. Mark now markets his comic strip and cartoon features (“Double Take,” “Word Pile,” “George’s Word Ladder,” and “I Knew That!”) nationally to newspapers via georgetoon.com.
His YouTube channel has had an ebb and flow of content, but lately, he’s re-discovered and settled into talking about wet shaving. Since coming back to wet shaving, Mark has grown to love the process and all the accoutrements that come with it.
Mark’s YouTube channel also talks about a variety of other subjects. These range from the latest technical gadgets to Linux and cartooning “how tos.”
Mark’s cartoon blog is located at www.georgetoon.com/blog. A new George comic strip is featured every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. New blog posts (again, mostly about wet shaving) are posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also find “George” in your local newspaper. If not, ask for it!