If you’ve been an avid fan of wet shaving, but you’re considering making the switch to electric shaving it is important to do your research. And to help, we’ve compiled a detailed guide of what you’ll need to know about switching from a manual to an electric shaver.
Foil vs Rotary:
First patented in 1928 by an American inventor, before being developed further in 1937 by Remington.
Foil shavers have straight heads which use oscillating blades beneath a fine perforated foil to cut the facial hair. The blades on a foil shaver are positioned in a line, and depending on the model will be in rows between one and five blades, whilst the foil has tiny slots and holes in it, which are designed to capture hairs of varying lengths once they have been lifted away from the surface of the skin.
A foil shaver is recommended for those who like to shave every day, have fine hair, have hair which grows fairly straight or if you want to experience a very close shave.
Shortly after the foil shaver was developed by Remington, an inventor from the Netherlands who worked for Phillips invented the rotary shaver – which was originally designed to be used only as a dry shave but is now compatible with wet shaving.
Rotary shavers are designed with typically three circular heads which have spinning blades situated behind circular shaped foils. As the blades rotate they lift and then cut the stubble and due to the heads flexing within their housing nicks and cuts are prevented, as is the tugging of the skin.
A rotary shaver is ideal for those who like to shave every couple of days, have coarse hair, or hair which tends to grow in different directions.
Features to Look For:
The features on offer will vary between each model of electric shaver, and some of the features you should look out for include:
How to Use an Electric Shaver:
To get a great, close shave from an electric shaver – whether you’ve opted for a foil or rotary model – it’s important to ensure you hold it at the correct angle whilst shaving, keep it cool and well maintained.
The recommended way to use your electric shaver is to hold it at right angles to your face, whilst pulling your skin taught with your free hand. Shaving in this manner helps to achieve a close shave due to ensuring maximum contact between the shaver and face, whilst it’ll also enable you to shave quicker and reduce the risk of nicking occurring. [source: Mens Health]
Benefits of Electric Shavers:
If you’re looking to switch to an electric shaver, it’s understandable you’ll want to know the benefits – and electric shavers offer many, including:
Switching from a manual to an electric shaver can make all the difference to your personal grooming habits, helping you to achieve the styled facial hair you’re after.