Monogamous Shaving: Day Two
June 2, 2005
Day two of shaving with the same rig for a week straight. I used the Merkur HD razor, Trumper Violet shaving cream, Vulfix 2235 badger brush, and Trumper Skin Food again, and I must say, I think I’m on to something here. Excellent shave, baby’s butt smooth, and no irristation on the underchin/neck area, which is usually the bane of my existence.
It’s only the 2nd day in my experiment, but I fear that sticking to the same routine day in and day out may be the ticket when it comes to getting the best shaves with an old-school rig like this. Maybe it applies to modern shave gear, too — I see guys all the time, from knuckleheads to network execs, and they get fine looking shaves every day from disposable razors and whatever pressurized goo their wife picked up at the grocery store for them.
Maybe it doesn’t matter what you shave with, as long as you shave with the same stuff every day. Maybe your hand and face have “muscle memory” like dancers, and repetition breeds perfection. Maybe skin cells and hair follicles are living, sentient beings, and when they learn to expect the same cream and blade every day, they submit to the never-changing reality and accept/adapt to it.
Maybe shaving with the same rig every day means you think less about what you’re doing, which somehow makes for a better shave — it would certainly explain some of the guys I see walking around with perfect shaves, on their way to buy the third season of “Mama’s Family” on DVD.
The drag of this hypothesis is that I really like using different shave gear when the mood strikes. I like having an arsenal, as opposed to one Mach3 and one can of goo. Where’s the fun in that?
What’s that, you say? It’s not supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be shaving?
I have to think about this some more.