If you aren't into the electric razors, then there are a few different blade options to choose from. Disposable blade razors are broken down into ones where the blade cartridges pop out and are replaced, and those that are fully disposable. Over time, the disposable blade razors have grown from single blade models to razors that have as many as four blades stacked one after the other. The idea is that as each blade comes into contact with the skin, it provides a closer shave. This can cause skin irritation, as the last pass actually takes off a thin layer of the epidermis.
Reusable blade razors are a little more old school. Both straight razors and safety razors are making a big comeback in recent years as young men are discovering the shaving methods of years gone by. A straight razor is a single long steel blade attached to a handle and sharpened on a leather strop. It takes a steady hand and a little practice to achieve the best results. Traditionally, a straight shave uses a mug of shaving soap applied with a badger hair brush, although regular shaving cream or lotion can be used as well.
Safety razors are also reusable and have blades that are inserted into a traditional looking razor handle. They are typically made of metal and meant to last a lifetime, as long as you change the blades out regularly. The blade is set so that only the outer edge comes into contact with the skin. Safety razors have also made a comeback in recent years and now come in varieties with double blades and pivoting heads.
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