It can actually be enjoyable. A hobby even.
Early November I was fed up with shaving. The high price of my Mach3 or Quattro cartridges. The pain and discomfort my face felt by Friday AM[I have to shave every day for the office]. The ingrown hairs. There had to be a better way.
So I set about researching different shaving techniques. I had tried the electrics to no avail. I stumbled across wetshaving. You know - the old fashioned way with a badger hair brush, a shave cream or soap, a mug, a twist-to-open Gillette razor with a double edged blade. ONE, double edged blade. Not 3, 4, 5, or 6 blades, but one. Jimmy Durante on the Hi-Fi, etc... THAT kind of shaving.
I found a few forums and read all I could:
And these videos were indisensable:
Then I finally took the plunge. I started off with the brush, a shave cream[not canned goo from the supermarket - real shave cream], softening the beard with a hot towel prior to lathering, and ditched the Mach3 and Quattro for a BIC Sensitive single blade disposable to learn my technique. No pressure, no pressure, no pressure.....
Then I finally bought my first DE razor - a 1965 Gillette Super Speed.
Let me tell you, I used to think I got great shaves with the Mach3, but with the DE and the correct technique - the shave is truly BBS - Baby Butt Smooth. And the best thing is - it is irritation free.
So it has now become the first 30-45 minutes of my morning. A little time to "spoil" myself and start the day off right. My wife doesn't mind because my face is so soft and smooth now that even when I get home from work - no 5:00 shadow!
So I encourage you guys that want a nice relaxing hobby and a better shave to look into it. I doubt you will be sorry you did.