Shaving Sucks (But it Can be Better)
I've always had a love/hate relationship with shaving. When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to shave off the hair I was always teased for having. I may not be full Italian, but I definitely inherited the thick, dark hair gene. While my friends were all shaving by fifth grade (side note: why??) I wasn't allowed to shave until I was in middle school. My father's secretary saw me crying over the gym shorts that I had to wear each day, exposing my unshaved legs. She marched in to his office and told him it was time to let me take care of all that, a moment that I will forever be thankful to her for. Dad, feel free to explain why I had to wait in the comments.
Back then Venus razors were brand new and their marketing was everywhere. It looked so attractive - pink or blue razors that had shower accessories and heads that cost approximately a million dollars apiece. I used them for years, until I realized they were much more expensive than the men's version, and I switched immediately after that discovery. No matter what I used though, I always had razor burn and ingrown hairs. I exfoliate like mad and have tried every possible shaving cream, so I just assumed it was my skin/hair type.
I also have such strong feelings about WHY we have to shave - I have been trying to disguise the fact that I'm a hairy person for almost my entire life now! I hate having to spend a bunch of money and waste a ton of time just to have 12 hours of feeling more "feminine". I even feel weird about writing this; destroying the illusion that I'm not just magically hairless. Until I am comfortable with exposing my George Constanza legs to the world I've resigned myself to a life of nonstop hair removal, I would just prefer it be as cheap and as painless as possible.
When a friend sent me an article about Oui Shave I thought it was the answer to all of my gripes. They did introduce me to was the idea of shaving with a *different razor*, specifically a safety razor. (I'm not a huge fan of Oui though, keep reading...) I had no idea there was a different kind of razor; I thought the world was divided into pink Venuses or Fusion ProGlide HyperDrive 3s and that was it. Shaving with a safety razor seems really hard and difficult (probably someone working for Gilette started that rumor), yet I've had 100% less cuts since I started shaving with one. Standard razor blades are incredibly cheap and last forever (when it gets dull you just flip it over!) and I really like the weight and chicness of a nice shaving handle. Oui explains it on their web site, but you get less ingrowns shaving with a safety razor because you're not cutting below the skin's surface. I once had razor burn on my thighs that was so bad I couldn't wear pants without crying; I will never again have that problem.
So - if Oui introduced me to this amazing new way of shaving, why don't I use their products? First, I hate their shaving oil. It gummed up my razor and took forever to rinse off. Besides that, the razors aren't actually made by them. I discovered this while searching for how to assemble my razor when it came (their instructions weren't helpful) and learned that my razor is actually a very generic German one. And that's great! I just could have gotten it for a lot less, but I now know I can just get new blades from Amazon. ALSO - their razors are named after Sex and the City characters? I have the Samantha, the Carrie is tiny and gold, and the Charlotte is for girls that are pretty hairless already. I hate the obvious pandering and dated references, and where the hell is the Miranda? Does no one want to be associated with Miranda? Would you really rather be a *Charlotte*?
Here's how life is working with my new razor: I exfoliate with a Korean bath mitt, shave, exfoliate again, and then shave one more time to make sure I didn't miss anything. I can do this without any sensitivity or razor burn, and my shave lasts around 4 days. Four. Days. I'll get a little new hair growth in between shaves, but nothing that would stop me from wearing skirts. I use Cremo shaving cream, which is also a game changing product. It lasts forever because you need a very small amount, it's made in the USA, and it's formulated without all that weird shit that's normally in shaving creams. I love that the packaging is very bossy and self righteous; it reminds me of one of my other favorite products, Dr. Bronner's.
If you have a hard time using a safety razor or have any other questions, please ask me. We don't have to continue to drop a huge amount of money on products that don't actually get the job done.