Do you remember that first time you shaved? Did you have the Macaulay Culkin moment from Home Alone?
remember the first time I got a razor. It was this Remington electric razor, sort of like the one my Dad used every day. I used it to snip away my peach fuzz and become a man (or at least that’s what I thought at the time).
I was envious of all my friends that used disposable razors, because somehow the idea of being able to cut yourself made it, "more manly." I quickly gave up my electric razor for the thrill of a Mach3 which came at a price (both on the wallet and in blood). None of the men in my life used what I called “real razors” at the time, so I was kind of alone in trying to figure out how to properly shave. This was before the era of YouTube-ing questions and my local library didn’t really have books on the art of shaving. Even though I felt "more manly," I hated the experience. How could this be when I’m suppose to be using the best engineered razor on the planet?
I remember I was visiting my friends house in Raleigh a few years ago and I saw he had a vintage safety razor sitting on a stand by his sink. I thought of how beautifully designed that little guy was and how amazing it was that something so old could still be used week-in and week-out. I came out of the bathroom with a million questions about how much the razor cost and where I could find one and my friend sat there and answered all of them. I had never used one, but I knew this was the razor for me. I mean, it just sounded so much more economical and environmentally friendly! I instantly went on the search for my very own safety razor, which I pined over for months until I finally got it for Christmas. (Yes, I was an adult by this time and yes, the most exciting thing I got all Christmas was that razor. Call me weird, but … come on! It’s the little things. … Right? … Who’s with me?)
It’s been a few years and I still use that same razor almost daily. In fact, I am still on the same pack of blades that I bought from Amazon for $7.99. It was some crazy deal like 1,000 blades. (Can you imagine how much money I would have spent in Mach3s in that time?!) I have also acquired a beard a mustache trimmer because I like to have a 5 o’clock shadow. So, my daily shaving routine is to go over my face with the beard and mustache trimmer and then clean up my neck and cheeks with the safety razor.
I still cut myself from time to time--but not nearly as often--and I still find myself looking in the mirror and thinking about Home Alone every time I apply after shave. I guess in some ways I will always have peach fuzz that will need shaving off, but at this stage in my life, I’m glad it keeps coming back.
Band-Aids and Neosporin (NO tissues),