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Differences in women's vs. men's razor blades


Audrey

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Hi all,

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts about using women's vs. men's razor blades for shaving. I have been using men's blades for years to shave off all my facial and body hair. I'm curious if there would be any advantages to using women's blades instead that I haven't thought of. It does seem like marketing to me.

I'm pursuing electrolysis for a more permanent solution especially for my facial hair, and possibly laser for other areas... but my hair is such a major source of dysphoria for me that I know I'll need to do something between treatments.

Thanks so much for any ideas!

Love,

~Audrey.

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I have not noticed a big difference, I think you are right about the marketing.  They both get the fuzz under control.

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I think you are right that it's more marketing than anything. I bought a Phillips One Blade that is used for the entire body, and honestly for the price paid it's the best razor that I have ever used especially for a rechargeable. I am also pursuing electrolysis for my face and laser for everything else.

 

Gina

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I use a womans Venus razor for my face. Now compared to a man double edged razor. Which is the only other razor I have used in the last 5 of so years. The mans razor dose get closer, but their seems to be more razor burn.

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It appears to me that the women's version of anything is usually a different colour and/or scent, and is more expensive.  There is not necessarily any difference in performance.

 

Robin.

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On 11/29/2020 at 7:20 PM, Audrey said:

I'm pursuing electrolysis for a more permanent solution especially for my facial hair, and possibly laser for other areas... but my hair is such a major source of dysphoria for me that I know I'll need to do something between treatments.

@Audrey, I agree with everyone who has commented on the Men vs Women's Razors. They all take off the unwanted fur, like you this is one of my biggest sources of dysphoria as well. I moved from a two blade to five blade razor set and it seems to reduce the razor burn, I also use a post shave moisturizer. The marketing difference between Pink or Black razors is known as a PINK TAX, and a price you pay for wanting your bathroom accessories to look feminine. I too will be seeking professional help with the areas I can't reach, backside, tummy, breast, and face. At my age it amazes me how fast nasal and ear hair can grow overnight. 

 

Happy New Year 2021,

 

Mindy???

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2 hours ago, Mmindy said:

 The marketing difference between Pink or Black razors is known as a PINK TAX, and a price you pay for wanting your bathroom accessories to look feminine.

 

 

I suspect this is also the main difference between men's deodorant/antiperspirant and women's.  But for this product I think the price difference is minimal.  I usually get unscented anyway.

 

Carolyn Marie

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So I did a little non-scientific experimenting since I originally posted this. I had been using the Schick Quattro (men's), but then decided to try the Hydro (4 vs. 5 blades), as well as both product lines marketed towards women. The conclusion? No real difference in results, but the blades did seem just a little more pliant on the women's line. I feel like there's a lot more variables in play than the blades themselves, such as the length and thickness of the hairs being shaved, the shave gel or cream being used, the curvature of the skin in the area, and the length of time between shaves in terms of skin irritation (a major problem on the face). So glad I'm pursuing electrolysis for my facial hair. I literally can't wait until I never really have to shave that area again.

 

Also, the pink tax is real.

 

Love,

~Audrey.

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1 hour ago, Audrey said:

So I did a little non-scientific experimenting since I originally posted this. I had been using the Schick Quattro (men's), but then decided to try the Hydro (4 vs. 5 blades), as well as both product lines marketed towards women. The conclusion? No real difference in results, but the blades did seem just a little more pliant on the women's line. I feel like there's a lot more variables in play than the blades themselves, such as the length and thickness of the hairs being shaved, the shave gel or cream being used, the curvature of the skin in the area, and the length of time between shaves in terms of skin irritation (a major problem on the face). So glad I'm pursuing electrolysis for my facial hair. I literally can't wait until I never really have to shave that area again.

 

Also, the pink tax is real.

 

Love,

~Audrey.

I agree that Women's razors tend to be more pliant, or maybe the head is more maneuverable to hit all of the body contours, rather then just the face and neck.

And yes, the pink tax is real, and it's awful.  Especially when considering that women get paid less.  Why would anyone want to be a woman???  (Before the hatemail, I'm joking....)

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I used to have a thick beard and there is no way a dinky little womens razor was ever going to cut it. At the same time cheap mens razor didnt work either. Now i can use pretty much any razor because i still have some hair but it isnt so coarse. Soom women have said they like mens razor because they do a better job on there legs. Its all about the quality of the blade and how sharp it is. 

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For about 50 years I have never shaved with a blade.  Every time I tried I cut myself.  So I permanently switched to a Norelco electric.  The shave has never been a close as I would wont.  And a few times I was still able to cut myself.   Luckily my beard is thin and light colored.  I can hardly wait until I can get out of the house and start electrolysis.  I am soo looking forward to the day where I never have to shave again.

 

In regards to ear and nose hairs, I wonder can they do electrysis on them?

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1 hour ago, LaurenA said:

In regards to ear and nose hairs, I wonder can they do electrolysis on them?

I believe electrolysis is theoretically possible on any hairs, but it may be too difficult for the electrologist to treat those hairs without injury because of their location near extremely sensitive areas, and difficult angle (for the probe used in thermolysis-type electrolysis). You may be able to get the outer ear treated though. Double check with a provider to be sure.

 

Love,

~Audrey.

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2 hours ago, LaurenA said:

In regards to ear and nose hairs, I wonder can they do electrysis on them?

 

Nose hair, for sure they can.  My electrologist suggested doing mine.  It hadn't even occurred to me.

 

It is a little tricky.  Getting the area suitably numb is difficult, and the numbing only lasts a few minutes once she wipes the cream off.  And she can't get to all the hairs, because of the angle.  She might not be using enough power to kill the follicles outright, for fear of having to scrape me off the ceiling.  So it is not 100% effective.

 

I don't know about ear hair.  I am not even sure I have any, and she hasn't said anything about doing them. 

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As to ear hair I wrote quite a while ago not to forget it as it gets wiry as we age.  I always pull my hair back around my ears so she won't forget to get that area as we wind down a session. 

 

My electrologist won't do nose hair.  She says they aren't allowed by regulation to do hairs there since they are in a mucous area.  Too much opportunity for infection.  

 

 

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3 hours ago, Jani said:

My electrologist won't do nose hair.  She says they aren't allowed by regulation to do hairs there since they are in a mucous area.  Too much opportunity for infection.  

 

 

 

Mine will do it, but she is extra-careful because of the risk of infection.  She uses a very strong alcohol to wipe it.  I have learned to exhale when she wipes the area so it doesn't burn my sinuses!

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My electrologist won't do nose hair, but she will laser a some of it out so it doesn't look like I am still a guy. She said it's safer and the risk of infection is way less than trying to electrolyzing on them. I understand where she's coming from, and if it works I am all for it. Not that I have a lot of nose hair, I just can't imagine the pain with the needle pulling them out one at a time. OUCH!! 

Gina 

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Only if you are into pain and want to remove all your nose hair and be susceptible to germs entering through your nose. If you eliminate all your nose hair you remove your natural defense against germs. But whatever makes you feel better about you is totally up to you. I am no doctor. 

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Well considering I have a friend who has done that and swears she'll never do it again 1. because of the pain. 2 she came down with the flu shortly after and took an entire month to shake. You are entitled to make your own choice, but with COVID still running around do you really want to? If you haven't had it, do you want to take a chance on getting it easier? Just a thought. 

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On 12/30/2020 at 9:02 PM, Lexi C said:

Yeah Gina i heard that as well but what's the worse that can happen? 

When I have electrolysis on hairs below my nose it triggers mucous and sometimes sneezing. It would probably be much worse for the hairs inside the nose and it would probably be very hard to treat the hairs inside the nose while it is filling with mucous. Sneezing while a needle is being inserted into a follicle in the nose probably has a high risk of injury. I often get pimples on parts of my face where I recently had electrolysis, so electrolysis inside the nostrils will probably cause pimples up the nose. Electrolysis is the most painful on the hairs right below my nose. Inside the nostrils the pain is probably far worse.

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I think a lot of men's razors have pivoting heads and women's razors usually do not.

 

 

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Im sure this was addressed before in another thread somewhere.

 

Diffrences in mens to womans razors.

 

First there is none regarding the actual blade. Same metal and same production method.

 

The shape of the head can be sometimes more oval in a razor aimed at the female market. This is because of the area thats shaved. Such as behind knees. Not many women use it to shave there face.

 

The lubricating strip is generally in a diffrent place, This is because women have diffrent skin and the hairs are not so corse and need the lubrication at diffrent points. Mens go after the blade has cut.

 

Its all The only real diffrence if you ignore price is the cosmetic side of the razor. Shape of the handle and colour etc. The colour is to make it more appealing to the female market and the shape is because diffrent parts of the body are being shaved.

 

 

Last but not least is the price. However a decent mens blade costs a fortune. But they dont do a female version of a Mach 3 turbo. Because this is aimed at face shaving and as i said above. Most women do not shave there face, Im not saying all dont but the big compnays havent hit on the fact that more and more women do now. Well at least we admit it.

 

Personally i have never tried a straight razor. or cut throat as they are sometimes called so cant comment. But they have been around sonce the 1500,s

 

You can also try things such as the "Razorless cream shave" which is more like nair but for beard. Its much the same as nair but i imagine a little less potent.  BUT I really wouldnt recomend that. I tried it once. Did little and i couldnt shave what it didnt touch for 4 days. It didnt burn like nair but if you left it on for a moment to long then it did start to tingle like that nair would so wouldnt recommend it. (PLEASE DO NOT USE NAIR ON YOUR FACE)

 

The problem with hair and a razor is you can only cut up to the top of the hair forlical. It doesnt matter how hard they try razor technology will not be getting any better as thats the utopia as far as glideing a piece of ultra sharp metal across your skin.

 

The only sure fire way to remove hair is electrolysis im afraid. Therefore:

If it makes you feel more of a woman to buy pink razors then power to you. But personally whatever razor gets the hair off the best is the winner in my book.

 

 

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