Saving Money on a Clean Shave

A clean shave results in a great feeling, particularly considering the closeness allowed by multiple blade razors; however, the cost of replacement razor blade heads is steep, if not a bit galling. Try the following technique:

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  1. Rather than replace the disposable razor head when it dulls, sharpen it. If you search eBay for "razor sharpener" you will find an unlikely looking item for $3 or 4 which works wonders. It is a strip of some kind of flexible plastic about 1"x3"; you simply wet your blade then draw it across this strip several times. Some kind of nanotechnology is incorporated into this strip which apparently transfers to the blade and allows for a much extended blade life.

  2. If you have an electric shaver, you can do a primer shave on those areas, the mustache and chin for example, where nicks and scrapes often occur. This will make the blade shave go more smoothly.

  3. Use a shaving brush to create a lather to apply soap to your face. Begin by wetting the brush in hot water and rubbing briskly against the skin; this will soften the whiskers. Use the shaving brush to replenish the soap on your face while shaving; the hotter the water the better for the shave.
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By Tracy Leonard from Kansas City, MO

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

Another way to keep razors sharp longer is to use hair conditioner instead of shave cream. Buy a bottle of an expensive brand and give it a try. You'll never go back to shave cream.

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