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<h1>🪒 Safety Razors 101 </h1>
<h4>for Transfems & Everyone Else Too!</h2>
<p>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!</p>
<h2 id="what-are-these-things">what are these things?</h2>
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<li>what is a safety razor? what makes it &quot;safe&quot;?<ul>
<li>[show my safety razor (unloaded)]<ul>
<li>[show screw mechanism, putting in a blade, closing it back up]</li>
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<li>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<ul>
<li>has no way to touch your skin without the guard in front of it pushing
the skin down so it can&#39;t catch on the blade</li>
<li>show kinda how, if i just pushed an angled razorblade on my skin, it&#39;d
catch on the skin, ball it up, and slice into it<ul>
<li>the safety razor prevents this balling-up of the skin from happening &amp; holds it down flush so only
the hairs stick out<ul>
<li>this is MY interpretation based on MY examination; might not be accurate</li>
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<h2 id="what-do-i-use">what do i use?</h2>
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<li>model of safety razor i use?<ul>
<li>WEISHI Butterfly ($15)<ul>
<li><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PKGXZ24/">https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PKGXZ24/</a></li>
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<li>model of disposable razors i use?<ul>
<li>Platinum Japanese Stainless Steel Double Razor Shaving Blades &quot;for Men&quot; ($10)<ul>
<li><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q1JNPRH/">https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q1JNPRH/</a></li>
<li>$0.20 / each, and each lasts for 3-4 uses</li>
<li>i buy one pack of these once / 2 years (!)</li>
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<h2 id="operation">operation</h2>
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<li>technique: just the weight of the razor press against your skin &amp; lightly drag it down/across/against the grain<ul>
<li>you CAN use more pressure, but no need</li>
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</li>
<li>i only use this in the shower<ul>
<li>so i can use the warm water to open my pores</li>
<li>and also rinse accumulated hair off under the showerhead</li>
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<li>i find just warm water to be enough on most places; i&#39;ve never used shaving cream with this
_ though it might be beneficial for areas that are more sensitive (tummy &amp; chest :()</li>
<li>i find unscrewing the head a bit + running under showerhead makes cleaning off accumulated hair debris easier<ul>
<li>mostly just noticing when hair bits build up in area above/below razor</li>
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<li>it&#39;s able to get quite a close shave, so depending on the area&#39;s sensitivity:<ul>
<li>shave AGAINST the grain (closest shave; arms)</li>
<li>shave WITH the grain (farthest shave; genital area)</li>
<li>shave ACROSS the gain (medium shave; chest &amp; tummy)</li>
<li>i built this sense just from experimentation &amp; seeing what my body liked &amp; didn&#39;t like</li>
<li>if i get razor burn after use, then that&#39;s a signal i need to get a less-close shave (or maybe try shaving cream)</li>
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<h1 id="safety">safety</h1>
<ul>
<li>the ways you can nick yourself (sides + &quot;body corners&quot;)<ul>
<li>note that i&#39;ve never cut myself /w this thing except for the body corners</li>
<li>maybe also be careful if you have skin tags; i bet this could nick them</li>
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<li>this is why i don&#39;t use it on my more jiggly/fatty areas, like inner thighs (too much potential for body corner nicks imo)</li>
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<h2 id="where-do-i-use-it">where do i use it?</h2>
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<li>hands</li>
<li>arms</li>
<li>chest</li>
<li>tummy</li>
<li>shoulders</li>
<li>NOT face, NOT legs, NOT genitals area (too sensitive :( )</li>
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<h1 id="use--disposal-of-razorblades">use &amp; disposal of razorblades</h1>
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<li>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 &#39;the good side&#39; gets more worn<ul>
<li>sometimes you pull out a disposable razor that just kinda sucks a lot more than the others; i just chuck it</li>
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<li>q: when to replace disposable razor?<ul>
<li>when it starts to feel kinda painful to shave, or i notice razor burn afterwards (i get red bumps)</li>
<li>my safety razor came with this plastic container</li>
<li>i keep my old razor blades in here</li>
<li>it&#39;s inside a plastic baggy in case any somehow slipped out</li>
<li>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</li>
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<h1 id="other-tools-i-use">other tools i use</h1>
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<li>for my legs i use this[1] trimmer, it&#39;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&#39;t see what&#39;s left</li>
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<li>[1] <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MV4GY2F/">https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MV4GY2F/</a></li>
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<li>for my face i use this tri-shaver thing[2] (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&#39;s never cut me, and is still pretty smooth. i bet a newer one (this thing is old) would give an even better shave</li>
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<li>[2] <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JITDVD2/">https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JITDVD2/</a></li>
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