No, this is not a post on how Stacy talks about her recent journey into becoming “au natural.” Even while extremely pregnant and when I struggle to bend over to see my legs, I still shave. Long hair on my legs and under my arms is not something I find comfortable. Braided arm-pit hair isn’t a new fashion trend. So, you can breathe a sigh of relief now. *Ahhhh*
In our attempt to cut out disposables from our lifestyle, I’ve tackled one thing at a time…until one day I realized I was tired of buying those stupid disposable razors. The prices on those things kept going up and up and up…the coupons kept getting less and less. The last time I got hounded at the store from trying to use a coupon on razors, I told myself I wouldn’t buy them again. I’m ornery.
I decided I was going to switch to a safety razor. What the heck is a safety razor anyway? It’s one of those “old school” razors that’s metal and you just replace the blade when it gets dull. In a way, it’s still a bit “disposable” but cheaper and more old school…and I like old school. It’s how I roll.
I should also tell you that Barry has already been shaving with a safety razor for several years. They seem to do better on his face and he gets less razor burn. He also uses shave soap from Thistle Ridge, my favorite place to get homemade soap.
Now, let’s have a history lesson. My mom taught me to shave using a safety razor when I was young. So, I’ve had experience. It wasn’t something new to me – and I had watched my Papaw shave with one when I was little, so they were very familiar. It was a natural switch for me.
I went ahead and saved up Swagbucks to purchase a NICE razor….I decided on the Parker Long Handled Razor. I figured if I was going to use it for years, I might as well get a nice, pretty one. Plus, this particular razor already comes with 10 blades. I like bonuses. I think it’s very pretty and I enjoy looking at it while I shave…keeping in mind that I’m also looking at my legs so that I don’t shave off an important body part.
I would love to tell you that the first time that I used it that everything went smooth as silk and I hopped out of that shower like a new woman…but that would be a lie. I got a big head and thought I knew just exactly how to use it. I made two mistakes: I went fast and I was cold and had chill bumps. Now ladies…don’t shave fast with a safety razor. And for Pete’s sake, don’t shave while you’re cold!
I bled like a stuck pig. I spent about 30 minutes in the bathroom mopping up blood off my legs and covering every possible surface with a band-aid. I’m sure my mom (we were still living there) wondered what on earth I was doing in there…and I came out with a very sheepish look on my face. I wore pants for over a week.
So, if you’ve never shaved with a safety razor before, you might want to read this article from eHow on how to shave with a safety razor and if you’re a woman, just replace “beard” with legs and don’t use face aftershave on your legs.
I thought about making my own You Tube video, but then I realized everyone in the free world would see my stark white legs and who knows what else…and I’m not cool with that. Amen.
Mainly, just go slow and be methodical. You’ll have to practice. After my first slaughter, I haven’t had any problems except the normal “Oops, I shaved the skin off my ankle”…that’s normal, right?
Once you’ve purchased the nice razor, this method is very cost effective. I can get 100 blades for less than $20…that’s less than $.20 per blade. I’m stellar at math.
Here’s something else – these blades last longer. I’ve been using mine for months and it’s still sharp – my FIRST blade.
- Keep it dry. When you’re done with the bath, dry it off instead of letting it remain wet.
- Sharpen it by rubbing the edge of the blade along the inside of a drinking glass – that’s how my Papaw used to do it.
Disclaimer: I am not a safety razor expert. I just shave with one and like it. I am not responsible if you get one and have a slaughterhouse incident in your bathroom just like I did. My advice: buy band-aids in advance and keep your razor where you child cannot find it and shave the dog.