Ad writes: “This week I went to a barbershop for the first time. I hadn’t shaved for a few days and I wanted to try a barbershop shave. Strange enough, it didn’t feel as “babybutt” as it does when I shave myself at hom with a DE razor. I thought: an open razor gets closer to the skin then a safety razor. I was expecting at least the same or rather a better shave then when I shave myself. But it wasn’t. I shaved myself two days later and it really felt BB. Now since it was my first time at the barbers, maybe my expectations were to high, is it about the barber’s skills, or am I just a great shaver? You’ve done this before, what’s you opinion about this?”
I have discovered barbershop shaves are a crap-shoot: it very much depends on the skill of the barber. I have had some great shaves from local guys in regular shops and ghastly shaves from high-end “spa” barbers (and vice versa). I have learned that it pays to discuss the shave before it actually happens–if they know your expectations they are more likely to take more effort or pass you to another barber who is more experienced at shaving.