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I was remembering that great thread about the best razors / shaving equipment from lo these many moons ago, and thought perhaps you guys could help me out, in a similar vein.
So, I have this boyfriend, who's a geek. (Software engineer, actually.)
He recently quit his job to go back to school. In a sort of celebratory, sort of slovenly mood, he stopped shaving.
Three weeks later or so, he's faced with more serious stubble than he's ever dealt with, and he honestly has no idea how to go about removing it. He uses an electric razor, and it is useless if he's let it go more than a couple of days.
So, does anyone have any tips for me to tell him? He's thinking of just going to a barber, but do barbers deal with that kind of thing anymore?
Please, I would really appreciate any advice, because he's really dreading having to cope with this, and he's going to have to get rid of it soonish because he's in a wedding and the mother of the groom would murder him if he showed up looking like a dirty hippie. ;)
(There's sort of a shortage of men around to ask, and the women here have no idea, which is why I'm resorting to the collective wisdom of Foo...)
Anyhow, thanks in advance, and I've missed y'all. :)
Say I have a beard I don't want anymore...
Unless he plans on repeating the several-weeks-between-shaves routine there is no reason to buy anything. Look in the yellow pages under "barber" and call a couple. Most barbers still do shaves.
A real shave with hot towels/hot shave cream/old fashioned "cut-throat" razor/etc. is something he might get addicted to (expensive on a daily basis - like all addictions!) ... you might find it a very nice soft feel ... much closer shave than ever possible with an electric.
Hints for finding the right barber:
Absolutely MUST have the "barber-twirl" cylinder out front.
Lots of hunting mags in the waiting area. (Indicates the barber caters to a testosterone laden clientelle).
The floor should look like it's swept daily, but mopped monthly.
Plain white, or black and white checkered linoleum floor are good signs.
Overstuffed, old fashioned barber's chairs, upholstered in a dark burgundy or dark red.
The barber himself should look slightly grizzled, and over forty. An east-european accent is another good sign.
We're in Buffalo, NY, which has several sizable ethnic populations-- lots of little old Italian barbers. We should be able to find something.
I like the checklist. Now Dave's getting all nostalgic for George, the barber he went to when he was little-- had an AM radio the size of a love-seat, tuned to the only remaining AM music station... had hunting magazines, yeah, but also girlie magazines underneath 'em... He had a really big old blue barber's chair... One time Dave's dad asked for a wash & cut, and George took him in the back room and got out the hose and the galvanized tub.
A secondary question, then-- his electric razor, he says, is kinda goin' south. Now, not being a paid member of WebmasterWorld, I can't access the old thread about razors. This makes me sad. Any suggestions for good electric razors, to keep this from happening again? (Though, if he likes the straight-razor shave as much as you all seem to think he will, perhaps this may become a regular occurrence.)
If you don't want to pay up for a proper barber:
The first thing to remember is: Never attack it with a razor straight away.
Take a pair of clippers to it first and get it to a more managable lenght, then an electric razor and then a regular razor. Hot towel to the face before and in between each stage. [rant]Oh, and make sure he has a mach 3 turbo - 3 blades and the turbo makes it go faster... What's next? Mach 5 nitro?![/end of rant]
Alternatively - go to the barber... :-)
Y'know, that's what I said. I kinda like a hairy man, for a bit of a change. But he complains that he looks too much like kitschy pictures of jesus now (long blond hair and untrimmed blond beard), and it's just creeping him out.
Also, Mrs. P. would kill him if he showed up to Chris's wedding like that. She's also trying to convince him to cut off the ponytail. I would be sad if the ponytail were removed, however. We will see whose will is mightier in this matter. :) You'd think I'd have the final say, since I have to look at it every day, but you should never underestimate the might of a Catholic-grammar-school teacher.
Finding a barber is tricky, though. He's taken to approaching every guy he sees and asking him who cuts his hair. Answers received while "out" last night included : "my mom", "Supercuts", "Flowbie", "I shave it myself"... Obviously, that was not a well-groomed demographic. Hee hee.
Finding a barber is tricky, though.
The molehill is becoming a mountain before our eyes. Me thinks you need to take a walk, breath the fresh(?) summer air, and checkout one or more.
My barber is a lovely young woman - there is just that extra something about a womans breasts pressing up against your neck or side while she holds a razor at your throat! I tip well. Seems a good idea.
And I am sure he would look fabulous with a french braid. Just the fashion for a wedding. I mean, pony-tails are so ... well ... ordinary, don't you think?
Dragon Lady: if you like your boyfriend bearded, keep him bearded. Who is this woman whio tells her son's friends what to grow and what not to grow in the way of hair? It sounds like the 1950s back again.
Keep the beard. Trim it fairly short-ish for the wedding, and don't say anything to anyone....
Unfortunately, he disagrees. He says having a well-kept beard is more work than just shaving.
I guess it's his face, so... He's going to a barber tomorrow for one of those Disneyland-For-Your-Chin experiences. (Finally found a friend who actually has decent taste in personal grooming and could recommend one close by. Buffalo is, believe it or not, a big place. ;] )
After that I can start working on him again to just grow the darn beard...
Thanks for all the advice! :)