A man has choices when it comes to taking care of his beard hair. He can either let it grow, trim it, or shave it.
And even when he chooses to shave, the options don’t stop there. There’s another, just as important decision to make: traditional vs. electric.
Well, I’m here to make that decision for you. Let’s face it: The drawbacks of using an electric shaver far outweigh the benefits.
Sorry, electric shavers, but you know it’s true. It’s OK. There is a better way.
First, let’s examine the benefits of electric shaving. Many men prefer the ease and convenience of electric shaving to any other kind, noting the minimal cleanup and considerably less amount of time needed to devote to the ritual.
There’s also no requirement to purchase any sort of replacement blades or cartridges, and you don’t have to fuss about with water.
Unfortunately, the list of negatives is much longer. Electric shavers can be painful on longer hair, and they don’t give anywhere near as close a shave. Often, you have to go over one patch of hair multiple times, and you’ll still look like you have 5:00 shadow.
They also are more prone to making small nicks on your skin, leading to razor bumps and acne.
You may think that these are only problems of the cheaper electrics, but when Art of Manliness tried out some of the most expensive electric razors on the market in 2014, they found many of the same exact same issues I outlined above.
Save yourself the trouble and shave with a traditional straight-edge or cartridge razor — you’ll be better off.
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