Originally Posted by colin007
Thank you! This is what I was looking for.
How difficult would you say it is to learn how to use the double edge razor? How much is the risk of cutting yourself?
It's not difficult at all. The number one rule, well number two actually. Number one would be: the blade NEVER travels sideways! The number two rule is: no pressure! The weight of the safety razor itself provides all the pressure necessary, don't press the blade against your skin. If you do this you will never suffer razor burn unless you are using a dull blade. Just get your face nice and hot and hydrated (right out of the shower is my personal preference), apply some nice shaving soap or cream and away you go!
I think the biggest change from a multi-blade cartridge is you won't want to do those big long strokes with the blade. I like little short overlapping ones. Tends to mean you only go over a certain area once. If you hit google or youtube there are hours and hours of videos on wet-shaving.
Regarding ingrown hair: it isn't something I've had to deal with much but it does happen. I honestly don't think the type of razor has much to do with it. I got them occassionally before I used the safety razor and I get them occassionally now. One thing I have noticed is they usually occur in the same general location. Try doing that particular area in a different direction for a while.