Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
I’ve heard I should never borrow my girlfriend’s razor. Is that true -- and if so, why?
There’s a clear difference between men’s and women’s razors, since they are customized for the use of their intended owner. They are weighted differently, for one, and the blades are suited to the contours of the body parts for which they were made. Fundamentally, men’s razors are designed to maneuver around the nooks and crannies of a guy’s face -- removing thick hair from a small area -- while women’s razors are designed to gently glide over a wide area of thin hair. So although you’ll get a smooth shave from a woman’s razor, it won’t leave you with that close-shave feeling for very long. If you’re a man and want a decent shave, your best bet is to get a shaver designed for men.
The one thing you never
want do is share a razor -- with your girlfriend or
anyone else. I can’t tell you how many patients I’ve seen who have transferred
rashes and infections by doing that. If you’re going to borrow a razor, make
sure it’s not used.