The Rooney meets Mike’s Natural
This morning I tried the Rooney with Mike’s Natural Barber Shop shaving soap—which does indeed have a pleasant and muted traditional barberhop fragrance. I loaded the brush heavily and followed Mike’s advice about working in more water. This time I worked it on my beard, and I did have sufficient lather for three passes, though the lather (for me) thins considerably in the third pass. But the Rooney Victorian I have is a generous brush and hoards no lather, so the shave went well.
The Progress with its Swedish Gillette blade did its usual very nice job: three passes, no problems—none of the “cuts and bleeding” the some who have not tried DE shaving think is the inevitable result. Just a very nice and comfortable shave.
A splash of Speick and I’m ready for the day. In the meantime, the HBR discussion of P&G’s shaving products and plans continues unabated. The most recent contribution, which I like because he directly contradicts the “cuts and bleeding” narrative, is from Collin Walker:
I feel I must weigh in on this discussion. I am the average mid 30s male. In seventh grade I got a Sensor, and a can of Edge gel, and a lesson from my father. I shaved with it till the Excel came out, promising that it would be a better shave. I still suffered from ingrown hairs on my neck, and hated shaving. When I went to college I got an electric, which was better, but it still gave me an ingrown or two per week. I then went eighteen years with an electric buying the newest $100 plus model when they came out.
Now as my hair is thinning I have decided to shave my head. The electric could not do it to a level I was happy with in a reasonable amount of time. I tried the Fusion ProGlide on my face, and the ingrowns appeared again, plus it was priced at a level that irritated me. I was at my wits end, I wanted my head cleanly shaven, but the two ways I was aware of were unacceptable. I then stumbled on a post on a head shaving forum that mentioned using a DE.
I look forward to every morning’s shave now. This coming from someone who hated shaving for the past twenty three years. I did not nick or cut myself on my first shaves, and have once and for all ended the ingrown hairs. In addition I can shave my head…
The whole discussion has intrigued me greatly (as you can see).