Tempted to Dry-Shave? Don't.

I've done it. You've done it. We've all done it: raced back to the bathroom to take care of that unsightly patch of hair on your chin or knee or underarm. The patch you missed because you were thinking about coffee or your 8:15 meeting or your three year old who was parked in the bathroom door frame screaming "watch out bad guys!" at the top of his lungs while wearing nothing more than his rain boots and a super hero cape.

Now late, already dressed, and cursing your inability to focus on the first round of shaving, you whip out the razor and attack the hairs directly -- no shaving product, no water, nothing.

Ouch.

As I write this my right armpit is reliving the pain of my last -- and final -- dry-shave (last summer, spaghetti strap dress, late for a wedding). The result: a red, bumpy rash that accompanied me through the ceremony and reception and into the next week.

Ouch.

Don't dry-shave. It's not worth it. Pacific Shaving's Stan Ades wisely advises (using a food-oriented metaphor that the Italian in me loves): "Think of your whiskers like pieces of spaghetti. If you try to cut through it dry and uncooked, it results in a sharp, jagged edge. Cut through that same noodle once it’s cooked and wet and you'll get much smoother results."

- Marisa

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