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I've just got myself a Philishave coolskin HQ671...My first ever electric razor, at the moment I'm hating it, 20 minutes to get a half decent shave....is that normal? Infact I finished it with a triple blade razor, much quicker :banghead:
Anyone suggest a better razor (if the 20 minutes is not normal) I'll take this one right back if there is. I only paid £38 (reduced from £50) from Tesco.
Bear in mind that I have a beard when you read this: :-D :lol: :-D :lol:
Technique is the thing with electric razors. I've got a Braun that I've had for years and it was not the easiest of things to use in the beginning but as I got used to it it got easier and easier. I would imagine that the new ones with all the Coolskin stuff are just as hard to get the hang of initially.
Dunno if it took me 20 mins in the beginning - probably did.
I'd stick with it for a few days and take it back for a replacement if it doesn't get better. If that's no better, well, refund!
Tone ADI is quite right, I have one of the twin head coolskin shavers, to start with it did take time, currently I am being lazy and don't shave (I currently have a ginger privet hedge attached to my face), but the coolskin is good if you give it a chance. :-)
One thing to bear in mind though, if you haven't shaved in a few days you are definitely better off with a normal wet shave. I have always considered electric razors as pure maintenance on what you already have done with a wet razor ie, once or twice a day with an electric to keep facial fur away. :-D
IMO electrics don't do nearly as good a job as a half decent wet shave. But they can be convenient and even if your face doesn't feel as good as with a wet shave it can still LOOK ok.
I was a bit put off by the price of electric razors - I found corded versions are cheaper and work better than cordless, but then if you're shaving indoors, you may as well wet shave.
I buy the braun traveller battery powered things - about a tenner bundled with half a dozen duracells. You can afford to throw two of these in the skip for the price of a replacement foil on anything else.
Whenever it matters, I wet shave with one of those diamond FX twin blade razors - these hold a sharp edge significantly longer than a non diamond coated blade.
Yep, i had a philishave, it did the job eventually, but igave up on it and went back to wet shaves. The electric shaver lived in the car, so that i could have a shave in the traffic queue on the way to work if i was running late. The only time it was really any use.
Ever seen an enlarged photo of whiskers cut with a blade compared to those cut with an electric shaver? The traditional we shave produces a neat cut, whereas electric shavers leave the end of the hair looking like the morning post after my dog has finished with it.
Although I now sport a beard I tried different electric shavers several times over the years and always disliked them. My grandfather's old safety razor was much more comfortable and did a much better job, and these days I use a new German razor of almost identical design to keep things trim. Much more economical than some of the more ridiculous cartridge affairs around at the moment, too.
Give it up, Tony, and join the bearded crowd!
Well folks, I am back to being beardless :shock: . This was however done in the traditional fashion, haircut and shave in a barbours shop, an open razor even made an appearance (after the flymo, hedge strimmer and sheep sheers).
My barbour will now be able to afford his customary round the world cruise after one of my visits :-D .
I have dark hair and when I was a young (er) airman often used to get asked if I'd had a shave that morning , it was a curse ! Especially when i was young dumb and full of ...myself
I use a 3 head philishave now and if I have a couple of days growth then it will take a good 20 mins and even then I never feel 100% whisker free
On field exercises and such with the TA I generally take an orange bic and shaving oil , seems to work fine - oh and a stiptic stick for the cuts :-?
Ya just can't beat a Mach 3 mate...... :-D Best shave I've ever had
Braun seems to work the best for me. I have used Remingtons [they make better guns] and Norelco. The Braun does the job better with less burn. As said above they work better as maintenance razors. I charge mine and it runs the course for 3 or 4 days. In the desert, it means not needing water. I scare less people along the trail by looking semi-civilised. :wink:
Yeah, I'm a mach 3 man usually, I thought that the electric would not leave my sensitive skin so cut up :wink:
I'm finding that if I use it every other day it's not too bad, it does struggle with the odd hair though which leaves a bristle here and there...quite inconvenient! It struggles with my neck, but the rest of it is ok....I'm wondering if I should have gone for the 3 head versions.......
I do agree though that a blade is a much better shave......not quite so convenient sometimes though!
Thanks for all the feedback guys, much appreciated..
A little off topic here, has anyone tried the King of Shaves oil?
King of shave - Yup, don't rate it myself, is good for traveling as its non aerosol. But i much prefer Nivea Gel mmmmm :-D
I've tried the king of shaves gel, don't think much to it. Prefer something that lathers a bit. I still like the old erasmic shaving sticks and a brush when I've got the time.
I use both. Not simultaneously, obviously... I prefer the gel to the oil, but the oil is handy for very small washkits - and if I use the lubrastrip-type chuckaways, I don't have much need for a styptic pencil :lol:
Of course, all these things stink - if that is a concern for you...
I use oil when out with the TA , it takes up less room than foam and I dont want to carry a stick n brush set. Its not king of shaves its the one from tesco's in a yellow bottle
You can use it with a leccy razor too but it doesnt half make it clog up !
Here's a tip guys - avoid those variable length hair trimmers. They very easily slip down from a number three cut to a number one cut mid stroke without you realizing.
Don't think the other half has noticed it yet though... :oops: Hopefully it will have grown out by the time he goes to the BCUK get-together. Skin head's fashionable right now, yeah? :twisted:
I am SOOO in the dog house when he sees the back of his head! :oT: Oh dear! I think I better hide out for a few days... if anyone wants me I'll be in Snowdonia...
Where did my hair go!!!
Revenge for the table cloth???
Revenge for the table cloth???
You need to change the motto on your signature now!!!!
There are no shortcuts......only experience....... :rolmao: :rolmao:
I'm already down from a #3 to a #2 Kath. If Barbara slips, can't say it would make much of a difference :-D