🪒 Safety Razors 101
for Transfems & Everyone Else Too!
I wrote this because I think a lot of folx end up using crappy disposable razors that don't work well *and* are quite expensive over time *and* generate a lot of waste!
what are these things?
- what is a safety razor? what makes it "safe"?
- [show my safety razor (unloaded)]
- [show screw mechanism, putting in a blade, closing it back up]
- safety part seems to be this mechanism that holds a disposable razorblade
[hold one up] in such a way that the part of the blade that is exposed
- has no way to touch your skin without the guard in front of it pushing
the skin down so it can't catch on the blade
- show kinda how, if i just pushed an angled razorblade on my skin, it'd
catch on the skin, ball it up, and slice into it
- the safety razor prevents this balling-up of the skin from happening & holds it down flush so only
the hairs stick out
- this is MY interpretation based on MY examination; might not be accurate
what do i use?
- model of safety razor i use?
- model of disposable razors i use?
- Platinum Japanese Stainless Steel Double Razor Shaving Blades "for Men" ($10)
- technique: just the weight of the razor press against your skin & lightly drag it down/across/against the grain
- you CAN use more pressure, but no need
- i only use this in the shower
- so i can use the warm water to open my pores
- and also rinse accumulated hair off under the showerhead
- i find just warm water to be enough on most places; i've never used shaving cream with this
_ though it might be beneficial for areas that are more sensitive (tummy & chest :()
- i find unscrewing the head a bit + running under showerhead makes cleaning off accumulated hair debris easier
- mostly just noticing when hair bits build up in area above/below razor
- it's able to get quite a close shave, so depending on the area's sensitivity:
- shave AGAINST the grain (closest shave; arms)
- shave WITH the grain (farthest shave; genital area)
- shave ACROSS the gain (medium shave; chest & tummy)
- i built this sense just from experimentation & seeing what my body liked & didn't like
- if i get razor burn after use, then that's a signal i need to get a less-close shave (or maybe try shaving cream)
- the ways you can nick yourself (sides + "body corners")
- note that i've never cut myself /w this thing except for the body corners
- maybe also be careful if you have skin tags; i bet this could nick them
- this is why i don't use it on my more jiggly/fatty areas, like inner thighs (too much potential for body corner nicks imo)
where do i use it?
- NOT face, NOT legs, NOT genitals area (too sensitive :( )
use & disposal of razorblades
- my skin is pretty sensitive, and usually i notice quickly which side of the blade feels courser than the other, so i tend to mostly use one side over the other, though end of up switching once 'the good side' gets more worn
- sometimes you pull out a disposable razor that just kinda sucks a lot more than the others; i just chuck it
- q: when to replace disposable razor?
- when it starts to feel kinda painful to shave, or i notice razor burn afterwards (i get red bumps)
- my safety razor came with this plastic container
- i keep my old razor blades in here
- it's inside a plastic baggy in case any somehow slipped out
- when it gets full, I shake-slide most of them out into something like a plastic water bottle, tape the lid down, and write a little warning in sharpie on masking tape to put on it
- for my legs i use this trimmer, it's great
not as close of a shave as a razor, but it takes like 10 minutes and no painful stubble, and short enough that you can't see what's left
- for my face i use this tri-shaver thing (not sure what they are called)
not as close of a shave as a razor, but it takes 3 minutes in the morning and it's never cut me, and is still pretty smooth. i bet a newer one (this thing is old) would give an even better shave