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Comment: Are ladies shaving razors less tough and durable than men's razors?
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From my experience, they are exactly the same, but pink. [Smile]
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In my experience, yes.

I normally shave with a Gilette Mach 3. Basic razor, shaves my Brillo pad of a face easily. Normally, I get three or four shaves out of one before I toss it.

The few times I've bought women's versions (usually a little cheaper), they have either been dull, or dulled quickly. The last time I made that mistake, it took me four of them before I found a sharp one.

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The sure do seem to be. I always use men's razors, especially when I do a full shave. Women's just don't stand up to the tougher hairs.

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quote:
Originally posted by UEL:
From my experience, they are exactly the same, but pink. [Smile]

This has been my experience as well. To make life easier the Boyfriend and I both use the Mach 3 razor heads because he doesn't want to use a pink razor. My handle is a Venus handle though, which is fatter and harder to drop in the shower. The Venus razor heads had a slightly different configuration with the lubricating strips, but I can't tell the difference in the shave.

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Women's electric shavers tend to be crap, as well. When I got my first one several years ago, it was pretty decent, but I had to go through 3 different ones that looked good on the surface but were pretty poorly designed and made, once I decided to get a new one. There isn't any high-end one for women even available. The most expensive one wasn't much better than the really cheap ones, though.

I finally bought a men's shaver that has more or less the shape of my first shaver that I liked. Its performance far surpasses the women's one I had thought was good. It was more expensive, but far cheaper than the combined prices of the ones I bought that sucked.

BTW, I use the Venus razor, the one with disposable heads, not the fully disposable one. It seems to keep a good edge, and the shape is really convenient. So not ALL razors marketed toward women are crap, but I have run into a lot of them before I got the Venus.

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I'll admit I never really looked into it, but I always thought that the difference between men's and women's razors was the angle of the handle.

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I've used my wife's razor (Venus) on occasion when I was out of blades, and didn't notice much difference except I somehow just felt prettier all day.

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I've always wondered why there are no concave or convex razors for shaving curved areas like knees, armpits, etc. Usually I can never fully shave my pits or kneecaps because I can't get the razor to fit around there. (Fortunately I'm blonde so no one can tell.)

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This has been something I've found puzzling for years -- as someone who shaves both the face and (sometimes) the legs and other parts of the body, I find that men's razors are generally superior for both tasks. They seem to shave smoother, and most particularly, women's razors easily get clogged with the little hairs which are difficult to remove, whereas on men's razors they easily rinse out.

One would think women's razors would be specially designed for legs and better for that purpose, and men's better for faces. One would accept that they were essentially the same, save that (as noted) the women's ones come in pink, teal, and lavender while men's are silver and black. But that women's razors are actually worse than men's at shaving legs is, to me, just stupid -- but so far, it's been true for every variety I've tried.

(Perhaps it's not true for women with much lighter, finer hair than I have on my legs -- but some women have pretty coarse hair too.)

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women's razors easily get clogged with the little hairs which are difficult to remove, whereas on men's razors they easily rinse out
I use an old toothbrush to get the hairs out, while holding the razor under running water.
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quote:
Originally posted by Cervus:
I've always wondered why there are no concave or convex razors for shaving curved areas like knees, armpits, etc. Usually I can never fully shave my pits or kneecaps because I can't get the razor to fit around there. (Fortunately I'm blonde so no one can tell.)

For a while Schick made a a razor that would bend and flex sort of like that. I used the men's version just because I had a free sample. It seems like they made a wonen's version, too.

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Comment: Is it true that men using a women's razors or women shaving their
legs with men's razors will ruin the razors? I asked if I could borrow my
friend's razor after I crashed on his couch, and he threw a fit.

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I hate to say it Snopes but I used to sneek and use my dad's razor when I was young and yes (even if I left it just as he did) he knew. He would get all nicked and cut up so it does make a difference. [Wink] [Wink] I had been shaving my legs.

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Well, if one of you has a blood-borne illness and you both nick yourselves, that could be problematic. I've heard things about razors becoming "accustomed" to a particular person's shape, from such reliable sources as 'Teen magazine, but I don't see how it's possible.

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When I was in high school, I still remember my friends and I all buying Sensor razors and being delighted. None of us ever cut ourselves again (well, I wouldn't say NEVER, but you get the idea). Before that, I did cut myself quite a few times, but since I switched over I haven't. Back then there were no Sensor for women, no Venus, etc. We had things like Gillette Daisy, the disposable razors. They were awful. I don't know if there even WAS a non disposable for women.
I still use the sensor. I have about 5 handles (men's,women's version 1, women's version's 2, women's Excel, and sparkly) that I've picked up in packs and such. I tried the Mach 3 because I got a free one but how close do you have to get? They're my legs and armpits. Even at cost (my sister works in a drugstore) it's a waste of $.

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I've used both my Mach 3 and my wife's Venus on my face, and find little or no difference in performance between the two. There are slight design differences, but not so much that I notice any real change in my shave. On a slight hijack, though, has anyone nboticed that you need to take out a second mortgage to buy new blades for the darn things? Yesterday I spent 16 bucks on replacement blades.

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quote:
Originally posted by diehard:
I hate to say it Snopes but I used to sneek and use my dad's razor when I was young and yes (even if I left it just as he did) he knew. He would get all nicked and cut up so it does make a difference. [Wink] [Wink] I had been shaving my legs.

My sister and I also used to "borrow" my dad's razors to shave. My mom finally had to explain to us that my dad didn't really appreciate shaving his face with something that had been in someone's armpits.
[lol] Sorry Dad!

I, too, use a men's razor (Mach III, and sometimes disposables of various types when I feel too cheap to buy the replacement heads). In college, a friend and I had a theory that not only do most things made for men last longer and work better, they are often less expensive as well. I often buy men's pants because I find them on sale for less than women's and they do seem to hold up longer and with fewer wrinkles. Plus, it is so easy to find the correct size--I just grab them off the rack rather than having to try them on. In women's/misses', you never really know what a size 6 will be.

Edited for grammar and to replace something I accidentally deleted.

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Using a razor on your legs will ruin it just like shaving your face 5 times will ruin it. It just happens to occur in one day with legs instead of over a week.

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quote:
Originally posted by diehard:
I hate to say it Snopes but I used to sneek and use my dad's razor when I was young and yes (even if I left it just as he did) he knew. He would get all nicked and cut up so it does make a difference. [Wink] [Wink] I had been shaving my legs.

Oh my gosh, my dad used to get so mad about that, and even now my husband swears it dulls his blade, but I don't get it. My hair is a heck of a lot finer and softer than scrapey man hair, but it somehow does more damage? Why then can i use my razor 20 times before I see a difference, but my husband can only use his 3?

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In my experience, it seems that men's razors tend to be more durable then women's. My husband can shave with one razor for a week while I struggle to use mine more then once. I opened a brand new razor just the other day and boy let me tell you, it was the dullest razor I had ever used. I had to get a second one and again.. the same thing. It did a lousy job.

If I could get away with it, I would borrow my husband's to use, but he'd probably notice.

[Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by Deansinger:
On a slight hijack, though, has anyone nboticed that you need to take out a second mortgage to buy new blades for the darn things? Yesterday I spent 16 bucks on replacement blades.

~$2/blade for the Venus, and that was at Costco, where you buy a clamshell of three dozen.

I am looking into laser hair removal, which, ammortized, will cost me about the same as a year's worth of replacement blades.

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My experience has been that you have to break in a razor -- the first two or three shaves with a new blade are often terrible, but it actually improves after that.

I have no scientific explanation to back up this phenomenon, but I've had friends agree it's true.

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Funny, I seem to have had an opposite experience from most of you.

I only use the Gillette Daisy razor, with no soap or shaving cream, just running water. Shaves well, lasts for at least a month (I shave at least every other day) and, since I usually buy the large packages, are pretty cheap. My ex-boyfriend preferred to use them, also. Because he would clog them up with beard hairs, I always made him get his own, though. Every time I've tried a different brand of razor, I get razor burn unless I use shaving cream.

Something I noticed recently was that Secret Platinum deodorant (the kind with Olay conditioners) would clog up my razor and make it useless, even when the razor was brand new. (Yes, I washed my underarms before I shaved, I can't explain it.) I knew it wasn't the razor itself, because I experimented to figure out the cause. When I went back to my usual deodorant, I quit having the problem.

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*Hijack*
Do any of you ladies find that the battery-powered Venus works better than the hand powered kind? I just but the battery-powered one, but I haven't opened it yet, so I'd like your opinion on it.
*end hijack*
I actually got a women's razor free in the mail that was blue, so that shows that not every razor for women is pink.

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quote:
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Something I noticed recently was that Secret Platinum deodorant (the kind with Olay conditioners) would clog up my razor and make it useless, even when the razor was brand new. (Yes, I washed my underarms before I shaved, I can't explain it.)

I've had that problem with a couple of different deodorants too. The kind I use now is Lady Speedstick with a scent renewal thing and "no white residue!" The damn stuff just doesn't seem to wash off very easily though. I use body wash on one of those puffball things and then scrubby gloves with St Ives apricot scrub. If I use just bodywash, then run my fingertips in my pits, there's this film sort of thing. Very odd.

As for the razor thing, right now I use a Venus, but most of the time I've used a man's razor just because they're cheaper. My husband just got one of the Gilette 5 blade razors. . .he absolutely loves it and won't let me use it at all, which is fair enough considering they're not out in NZ yet and we had to get it sent from the States. He has generously offered to let me have his 4-blader though, lol.

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Of course, there's always this product:

http://www.shaveeverywhere.com/index.html

(Verrrrry slightly NFBSK -- with bleeps.)

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pokes head in

listens for a few minutes

realizes he has probably been making a mistake for the last 20 years or so by using his blades for 6-8 weeks before replacing them

touches the large slice on his left cheek made by his currently month-old blade

hopes nobody has noticed him in the room

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quote:
Originally posted by Lil Orphan Annie:

If I could get away with it, I would borrow my husband's to use, but he'd probably notice.

[Wink]

My wife, out of desperation used my razor once (with a fresh blade). Then she went out and bought one of a different color and now she uses that.

AFAIK, it is not a law that you cannot use a man's razor on your legs (or other areas). I would reccoment some thought into the size and flexibilty of the blade, though. I beleive there is one that is quite flexible.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lil Orphan Annie:
In my experience, it seems that men's razors tend to be more durable then women's. [Wink]

Probably because men shave daily whereas most women probably do not.

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It might be more perception than reality, but it seems to me the angle of the venus helps shave a couple of places on my face and neck where the contour seems to prohibit as clean a shave from a Mach 3 or Norelco electric. I definitely grab Mooommmmeee's razor to "touch up" a couple of areas from time to time. She knows. She's okay with it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Little Pink Pill:
quote:
Originally posted by diehard:
I hate to say it Snopes but I used to sneek and use my dad's razor when I was young and yes (even if I left it just as he did) he knew. He would get all nicked and cut up so it does make a difference. [Wink] [Wink] I had been shaving my legs.

Oh my gosh, my dad used to get so mad about that, and even now my husband swears it dulls his blade, but I don't get it. My hair is a heck of a lot finer and softer than scrapey man hair, but it somehow does more damage? Why then can i use my razor 20 times before I see a difference, but my husband can only use his 3?
Shaving the entirety of both of your legs dulls the razor a lot more than shaving his face. A dull razor causes razorburn, which is pretty uncomfortable on one's face I'd imagine.

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I have used both mens and womens razors and I really think it depends on the brand. Some womens brands (like Daisy) are just terrible for me. Venus, however, works great with Venus blades or Mach 3.

Now if I think about it, really it makes sense that womens razors would seem to go dull faster- due to a larger area being covered on each shave (the area of skin on the legs is much larger than that covered by the average male when shaving). Would be interesting to have someone try a Mach 3 til it went dull and a Venus til it went dull and see how long each lasted.

On a side note: There is a Neutrogena face wash I used to use, it was designed for women. Pretty white and blue packing etc... There was also one for men with a dark grey packaging. I compared the two of them to find that the only difference was that the mans product had Salicylic Acid 1.5% versus a smaller amount, .5% or 1% i think it was, in the womens brand. The womens brand was almost $2 more. Just an observation...

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