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Shaving advice needed!(24 posts)

Shaving advice needed!nova
May 24, 2002 12:28 PM
I finally went ahead with it: I shaved my legs. (I'm a 36 year old male...)

I'm no gorilla, but there was a fair amount of hair to be removed. I started with electric clippers, then lathered up and used a good-quality disposable razor. This was about a week ago, so I completed my 3rd full shave yesterday.

Problem is; I have lots of razor burn and nicks! Ugh, is the razor burn ever uncomfortable. So I'm looking for some advice. Should I try a chemical hair remover?
re: Shaving advice needed!Lone Gunman
May 24, 2002 12:39 PM
Get thyself a 55 gallon drum of neosporine and apply to the legs, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
re: Shaving advice needed!jschrotz
May 24, 2002 12:44 PM
I think it depends on how sensitive your skin is. Mine is super sensitive and the chemical remover burned me worse than any razor ever could. If you're going to stick to the razor, make sure to use a good shaving cream. It's tempting to just use the cheap stuff for your legs, but the good shave gels/creams really do make a difference IMO. Also make sure to exfoliate your legs before shaving by using a lufa or good body brush to remove all the dead skin. After shaving, you also need to keep the legs moisturized. Isn't cycling fun?
re: Shaving advice needed!Thoth2
May 24, 2002 12:46 PM
I use a Braun electric razor. No cuts, nicks or anything. You need to shave w/ a real razor once to get all the weeds off, but then you just touch up every other day or so, while you're watching tv or something. My wife's even take to doing it now.
Thoth.
Second the Braun...Andy M-S
May 25, 2002 5:43 PM
First: Use the Braun's sideburn trimmer to clear cut. Second: Shower and use a disposable (Bic works well). Third: Like Thoth2 said, go over with the electric every day so or, and all will be well.
Girls can do it without 5 gallon drums of lube ;)distinctHead
May 24, 2002 12:53 PM
I have super-death-sensitive skin. I find that the gel shaving cream for sensitive skin works the best, esp the stuff for women (applied liberally to wet legs). What I do is wet my legs in the shower, apply the shave gel and shave "against the grain" with a sharp razor. When I'm thru, I towel off and apply lotion. If you shave too fast or go over the same spot more then 3 times and/or if your razor's dull, it'll nick you up and scrape off boat loads of skin cells, thus, making your legs "burn"... ugh, try wearing jeans with razor burn. Not my bag.
Ride Hard,
Kick much ass,
Eric ;)
wasn't there "Lady SpeedStick" Will "ManSecret"be next?- : ) nm128
May 24, 2002 12:56 PM
re: Shaving advice needed!SLB
May 24, 2002 12:57 PM
what worked for me: if i haven't gone too long i just start, if it looks like it it could choke the razor, i use the electric clippers first.

then lather up, and in short sections, (i start at the ankle and go to the bottom of the calf first.) first shave with the grain, rinse the razor, then go against the grain in the same spot. work around the bottom, then i do the calf to the knee section. do the front and back knee very carefully, then move on to the thighs. and if when you start losing lather, add more. after you're done, rinsing with cold water seems to help, then dry and add moisturizer.
it's time consuming, but after a while it just becomes normal and you do it quicker. just like lemond said, "it doesn't get easier, you just go faster" :)
re: Shaving advice needed!Juanmoretime
May 24, 2002 1:10 PM
I'm no longer a part of the shorn crowd. When I did I found a quality razor was best. The cheap one's resulted in nicks and rash. My wife used to like to rub up against my freshly shaved legs, plus alot of women would comment on how nice my legs looked. Maybe I should go back to it, not a terrible side effect.
I love the Venus razor for womenspeedisgood
May 24, 2002 1:43 PM
And it's not even pink! It's got triple blades and is designed so the hair bits flow thru the head so it doesn't clog. Since I use lathered up soap for my lube, the ergo handle comes in really handy for a variety of grips to get those areas behind the legs and such.
Don't use a Bic! (nic!)look271
May 24, 2002 1:51 PM
I used my wife's supply of razors and trust me, Bic razors will leave you bleeding to death. I use, after I've washed in the shower, either baby oil or sesame oil (Suave) on the wet legs. Makes the razor glide nice and moisturizes at the same time.
Mach 3 (nm)Cartman
May 24, 2002 3:23 PM
Here's the REAL deal...yfoiler
May 24, 2002 3:27 PM
Don't use shaving cream or anything made for your face. Including face blades!
Here's what you do.
When you are out on the race circuit you start building up a collection of those little bottles of hair conditioner they leave you in the hotel bathrooms. Neutrogena is THE best.
Get yourself the new lady Venus razor blades (three blades in one) plus it will fit the "guys" holder. Now you're all set. Spread on a little hair conditioner and shave away. You won't believe how slippery that stuff is AND how far a little dab will go. A small hotel size bottle can last weeks if you're doing it right. As you shave just keep spreading what you already have on your legs around. It works great!

The lady Venus is a miracle blade as far as I'm concerned, won't clog, won't nick, stays sharp... It's great. There you go.

Happy shavin'

Marty
Real Real deal though a bit unusualatpjunkie
May 24, 2002 3:55 PM
Mach 3 razor and Astroglide. Astroglide is a sex lube and it kicks all shaving creams butts! Happened on this whilst showering with my gal. You know how water is such a lousy lube so good to keep some in the shower for those.......moments. Tried it shaving afterwords and what an epiphany! SERENDIPITY!!!!
works best if you have her (or him for you ladies) do the shaving.
sorry no offense to any same sex folks, I'm a breeder.
Now I know what to do with all of that friggin conditionerlook271
May 24, 2002 5:18 PM
that my wife insists that I MUST use at least 1/week! Thanks. I'll have to try it.
Try this...coonass
May 24, 2002 6:55 PM
Use a good Norelco 'Quad' electric razor for getting rid of the stubbles, then use "NOXEMA Plus moisturing cream" for a 'last shave' or just plain cooooooling effect..If you use a gel, use Gillette Gel (NOT 'Edge') for razor shaving....Heinz Vinegar (clear, corn) is an excellent ph neutralizer.....it may burn a little at first, but will definitely help w/rash.....even 'jock itch'.....
These posts are too gay! I'll never shave!!!!! eomspyderman
May 24, 2002 10:58 PM
Not too secure in your masculinity, eh? [nm]speedisgood
May 25, 2002 7:09 AM
C'mon spydy!look271
May 25, 2002 1:20 PM
Bend over and we'll show you just how to shave those nasty spots behind the knees! :-)
Look271, ROTFLOL... (I still wonder what the ladies think...;o)spyderman
May 25, 2002 10:57 PM
That was a good one!

Too much hassle...too much pain...not enough gain.

Next, someone will start a rumor 'If you shave yur pits you'll smell less after a century'.

My proof will be in my mashing...

Regards,
Spyder
Shaved legs may look more muscularspeedisgood
May 26, 2002 5:41 AM
and a tan helps. Muscular legs also help. Of course, some chicks think muscular legs are gross.

I try to avoid them.

I like to hang out with women who like muscular, shaved legs (don't all of us?) Problem is trying to get them to admit it. I think many women are just as "visual" as guys but won't admit to oogling a dude cuz he's got xyz going on. They think they're slutty or something socially unacceptable.

C'mon ladies, hug the next shaved calf you see!
re: Shaving advice needed!flying
May 25, 2002 7:35 PM
1st & foremost DUMP the disposable razor.
Some can use them *you* cannot!
Spend the 10 bucks & buy the Gillette Mach3
This is probably all you need + some shave cream or soap.
But if you still have trouble use baby oil under the cream.
Ingrown hairs??tronracer
May 25, 2002 9:26 PM
Last year, shaving my legs for the first time, I got what I thought at the time were bug bites from being in the woods mountain biking. They look like pimples, the kind that don't have a head, just ooze oil when you squeeze them; sorry I know that's gross. They usually appear on my knees and lower thighs and itch like crazy. Well I haven't shaved all winter and now that I've shaved for the first time this season, they are back and I haven't been mt biking in a week. I use the gilette mach 3 and noxema shaving cream with aloe and lanolin. I shave with the grain first, then against it. I'm not a very hairy guy and don't have particularly sensitive skin...what gives? I think they are ingrown hairs. Has anyone had a similar experience? How can I avoid this?
Ingrown hairs?? Probably.speedisgood
May 26, 2002 5:32 AM
Don't shave against the grain in the trouble areas. Go sideways or with the grain.