FINDING THE PERFECT RAZOR
I’m always looking for that perfect razor to take along with me on shoots
For many of my modelling jobs, I need to be clean-shaven, which can be a problem as I have very sensitive skin. I love a wet shave: the feeling you get is so much nicer than using an electric razor. So I’m always looking for that perfect razor to take along with me on shoots.
The first one I tried was the five-blade Winston (£18, harrys.com). It had a nice heavy feel, but wasn’t too weighty. The blade was so wide, it was hard to get under my nose and behind my jaw, but otherwise it got most hair right away and was probably the closest shave I have had in my life. A real winner.
Next was the five-blade from Cornerstone (£14, cornerstone.co.uk). The angling of the blades meant I didn’t get as close a shave as I would have liked. It had a thick moisture patch, though, which made my skin feel calm afterwards, and the head had a nice movement.
I dread using straight-edge razors as I’m pretty clumsy, but putting the blades in the Gunmetal Butterfly (£55, trumpers.com) wasn’t fiddly. Shaving with the grain and getting precise cuts was the strength of this razor. Shaving against the grain was a tad uncomfortable – it gave me a razor burn and small cuts on my neck. Other than that, I really liked it.
The Hydro 3 Razor from Wilkinson (£3.48, superdrug.com) was the least impressive to look at, but the shave was actually not too bad – relatively close, with no real razor burn. I even managed to get those hard-to-reach areas under my nose, but it was bulky around corners. It’s great value for money, but the Winston stayed my favourite.
this article was first published on www.theguardian.com (29|09|2017)
THE WINSTON - my winner
CORNERSTONE 5 BLADE RAZOR
GUNMETAL BUTTERFLY £55
WILKINSON SWORD £3.48
GUNMETAL BUTTERFLY DOUBLE EDGED RAZOR
WILKINSON HYDRO 3 RAZOR