• Metrosexual Expenses – Shaving Edition

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    Over the past few months I’ve read a few things about the process of shaving. One of the places to have such a trivial debate was in the online humor magazine, McSweeney’s. They recommend:

    Shaving without shaving cream when you first get out of the shower
    Few men are aware of this option, which, if broadly implemented, could bring Big Shaving Cream to its knees. Right out of a hot shower, your face is warm and soft. Wrap a towel around your waist, grab a razor, and go to work. No cream means you can see exactly where the whiskers are. No shirt means you stay clean. And, most important, it ends up being a better shave anyway.

    In their Letters to McSweeney’s (no anchor text, so I can’t provide links to individual letters, sorry), there have been many comments about this:

    People (and by “people” I mean “men and steroid-using women”), do NOT shave without some sort of gel/cream/lubricant on your face unless you enjoy facial bleeding and/or toilet-papering your face…

    Fellas, do yourself a favor and give it a try—if only to take down “Big Shaving Cream,” which in my opinion needs to be taken down a notch. For example, I like to imagine, with every shave, that I am slowly taking down the Gillette company…

    And one of my personal favorites that saves me money…

    This is also the best time to pluck one’s eyebrows.

    Then, a few weeks later, I came across an article on MSNBC about shaving via Digg detailing the Perfect Shave. It introduced a new term for me: Wet Shaving. The article goes ahead and suggests a few products for a successful Wet Shave:

    Badger Hair Shaving Brush, from $35-$200

    Scary looking “Safety Razor” (safety my ass), from $25-$100

    Shaving cream, the real stuff, from $7-$25

    Seriously though, shaving with one of these razors would just say to the world, “Look at your wimpy Mach 3. Pfft. Look at how huge my cajones are because I shave with this beast!” Heck, you can even join this forum of Wet Shavers and laugh at all of the puny regular shavers together!

    While this article has piqued my interest in the finer art of shaving and shaving accessories, this weekend I had one of the best shaves ever, all by shaving after a shower, using liberal amount of hot water, and using a new Mach 3 blade. I may actually keep trying this routine until I gash my face pretty badly. Savings on shaving cream: $6 a year! And we personal finance bloggers all know how to compound that nice piece of change into a million bucks for retirement, right?

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