When Was Your First Shave? The West Coast Shaving Giveaway

by Brett on May 25, 2010 · 969 comments

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For many men, shaving is just one of those things you do every morning to prepare for the day. It’s like brushing your teeth. You do it so you look presentable, but you don’t think much about it.

But think back to when you were a boy and lathered up and put a razor to your face for the first time. If you’re like me, that first shave was downright exciting. It felt like a small rite of passage into manhood. The Ancient Romans thought of it that way; they used a boy’s first shave as the event that initiated him into the community of men. Families would hold big festivals for the young man and the whiskers from the first shave were often put into a box and consecrated to the gods.

I didn’t get a party with my first shave. In fact, no one knew about it except for me. I was maybe 12 or 13. I snuck into my parents’ bathroom and rummaged through my old man’s Dopp kit for his razor and shaving cream.

I really didn’t have anything on my face except for some peach fuzz and maybe a few dark hairs. But I figured I should probably get rid of that stuff. So I shaved. I really didn’t know what I was doing. I just tried to remember how my dad did it after watching him shave growing up. I nicked myself a few times. I kept it a secret. I was sort of embarrassed about it, I guess.

The second time I shaved (a couple of months later) I wasn’t able to keep it a secret. I shaved off a big chunk of my upper lip, and I started bleeding everywhere. The bathroom looked like a crime scene. I put a bunch of toilet paper on my lip and had a huge scab there for a couple of weeks after. I remember going to the doctor for something, and he looked at my lip and said, “So, you’ve started shaving, huh?” I sheepishly looked down and nodded.

The West Coast Shaving Giveaway

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To celebrate their relaunch, West Coast Shaving is giving away a starter safety razor shaving set worth $100 to one lucky AoM reader. The kit includes:

Merkur HD #34C Safety Razor (Value $33.50)

Vulfix 2234 Super Badger Shaving Brush (Value $55)

Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream in tub (Value $14)

How to Enter

If you’d like to get your hands on this awesome shaving kit, leave a comment on this post describing your first shave. How old were you? Did your dad teach you? Did you see it as a rite of passage?

Deadline to enter is Monday, May 31 at 11PM Central Standard Time. We’ll then select a comment at random to be the winner. Enter today!

601 Dane May 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

My first experience shaving was 6 years ago, to rid my upper lip of my “dirt stache.” My dad gave me a lesson and I successfully removed the unsightly stache. I’ve only knicked myself a handful of times, shaving a couple times a week for the past 3 or 4 years. Dad must have been a pretty good teacher.

602 Pete May 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Honestly, I don’t remember anything special about it. Probably some time in high school I borrowed my dad’s electric shaver – he didn’t use a safety razor. I think I used the ‘lectric throughout college until eventually I got a Gillette free in the mail and that got me hooked on that style. Kept going through razor cartridges for some years until probably a year ago or so I got myself a Merkur and have been using that ever since. Love the cheap double-edged blades, but I still need a brush and soap…I’m still using the cheap store-brand gel stuff since it’s, uh, cheap. Would love this package!

603 Eric May 25, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Wow this was a long time ago. Maybe 25 years? My first shave was with, gasp, an electric jobby that I got for my birthday I think.

Been a blade shaver pretty much since Gilette mad the big push in 90/91 with there new at the time range of blades.

604 Phi Huynh May 25, 2010 at 11:49 pm

My first shave… I must say, it was strange. Growing up, I had never really seen my father shave, as he rarely did and he had never told me anything about it, so I winged it on my first go. Using little bits and pieces of what I’ve seen on television, from covering my face in shaving cream to using little bits of toilet paper to cover up any bleeding spot (which never worked as I bleed heavily), I tried to eliminate the little hairs that stuck unevenly over my face. So I began, started by washing small remaining hairs out of my fathers razor on this cold, blue afternoon, and started. It was smooth going, until I needed to do my upper lip, which was hard to shave evenly because of my large front teeth. While shaving there, I was not paying attention and turned my head to the left, which caused the razer to move right and cut a deep gash right below my nose. A little piece of toilet paper didn’t fix this, it kept dripping blood for an entire week! Live and learn, I suppose.

605 David B. May 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm

When I was about six my Dad used a safety razor and probably the cheapest canned shaving cream he could find. I always stood and watched him. I had a green toy brontosaurus and I would put shaving cream on my face and watch him and use the tale of the dinosaur as a razor on my face.

When is the first time I used a real razor? Hell, I dunno. I count the brontosaurus as the first time.

606 Brian L May 25, 2010 at 11:58 pm

The first time I shaved was when I was 14. I had a little peach fuzz and my mother insisted that I expel what I thought was part of becoming a man. She told me the razors were in a drawer and to have at it.

607 David May 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

I have 14 at the time. My dad did show me how. I didn’t view it as a rite of passage then. But looking back I suppose it was.

608 Sean Linch May 26, 2010 at 12:02 am

The thing I remember most about my first shave was how upset it made my mom. It was like no matter how big I was getting, I was still her little baby as long as I haven’t shaved yet. It got to the point that all my friends were teasing me about my extra long peach fuzz, so my dad showed me the ropes while my mom was still protesting. I was lucky enough that I didn’t cut myself (or my dad was a really good teacher), and I thought, “well, one step closer to being a man.”

609 Mr. Ed May 26, 2010 at 12:07 am

I remember when I was little watching my dad lather up and shaving, with me pretend shaving next to him. When I was 15 my parents gave me an electric razor for Christmas. It worked well enough, but it didn’t seem like shaving. I had to charge it, and blades were expensive. So when I turned 17, I went out and bought myself a razor and shaving cream. I was able to make it through without any cuts or gashes.

610 @MikeCase May 26, 2010 at 12:16 am

My first shave was when I was 17. I got a Mach3 sample in the mail and decided to give it a try. My dad never taught me, so I had to learn through trial and error. The first few shaves I didn’t cut myself. Luckily, the first few shaves, I didn’t cut myself. When I started to pride myself on that is when my face got attacked by Wolverine.

611 Theo May 26, 2010 at 12:26 am

As I remember it, my first shave was when I was 14 years old. My parents got my a razor for my birthday. It wasn’t anything special, just a cheap little thing designed to make cutting myself difficult. I took it up to the bathroom and had myself a shave. I think Dad stood in the doorway, just watching his little boy have a go at shaving. Good news was that I managed to cut off the peach fuzz I’d grown up to then. Bad news was that I gave myself one hell of a razor-burn. I’ve since gotten much better at not burning myself and not nicking myself, but I guess there you have it: when a wee little me took steel to his face for the first time.

Sounds kinda badass when phrased like that, doesn’t it? to take steel to one’s face. haha.

612 Grayson May 26, 2010 at 12:30 am

I was 15 years old, a freshman in high school the first time I shaved. I took my brother’s razor and put on a new head, and mimiced how my dad and brother did it-hot water, nice easy stokes down the face. I thought it was really neat the first time I shaved, thought that along with entering high school was my passage into manhood. Never have I cut myself shaving, then or now.

613 Brian May 26, 2010 at 12:40 am

That cheap electric I used during high school doesn’t count. First decent shave came before senior winter formal. A friend suggested a shave, loaned me a razor, and walked me through the process (with some incredulity).

614 Ron Moore May 26, 2010 at 1:15 am

I didn’t really see it as a right of passage; however, it coincided with my first job (which required me to shave). That was at 16, the same age my state allows driver’s license. I guess one’s first, real job is more of a right of passage into manhood than one’s first shave. It also coincided with my first car and driver’s license. There were lots of passages in those few weeks, so I guess they all got lost in one another. When it came to my first shave, I did it all on my own, no help from my pops. Nobody ever taught me to shave and I kind of did it wrong for years. I really wish someone would have taught me the right way. Anyway, I got a new job in law enforcement which requires me to shave daily now … the first time a job required me to shave since my first job fifteen years ago. I could really use a cool shaving kit!

615 Chris May 26, 2010 at 1:27 am

So it may not technically count, but my first memory of shaving was when I was 5 or 6 years old. My father bought me a plastic play shaving kit and every morning, I would stand next to him infront of the mirror and we would “shave” together

616 David May 26, 2010 at 1:41 am

My first experience was the same as the authors. I really didn’t need to start shaving, but I snuck into my dad’s stuff and scraped the razor around on my face. Initially I thought it was more manly to dry shave. Yeah, after razor burning my whole face my sissy ideas about shaving cream were transformed.

617 alfred May 26, 2010 at 2:01 am

i think i was 4,i took the cool whip out of the refrigerator brought it into the bathroom and covered my whole face with it,then got the razor and began to shave,then my mom stopped me.

618 Russell S. May 26, 2010 at 2:02 am

I guess I’m not nearly as sentimental as most the folks on here.

I didn’t grow much facial hair during high school. In fact, it wasn’t until law school that I needed to shave everyday. I was probably about 16 the first time I put a razor to my face. My parents thought I was getting a little scruffy and it would be a good time to embrace manhood. I did not agree. I was actually a little embarrassed by my lack of facial hair; my high school in San Francisco was roughly half Hispanic, so I recognized that “scruffy” was one thing I certainly was not. We compromised and I shaved my chin (the only place I could see any hair worth shaving). The idea of letting the razor do the work sort of escaped me, and I gave myself some pretty nasty cuts. About a month later, I tried again (this time the whole face), and things worked out much better.

619 Erik May 26, 2010 at 2:02 am

I remember my first shave because it was the day I turned 15.
My father doesn’t have much of a beard and has a moustache, so I don’t have fond memories of standing at the sink watching him shave. Instead, I took a disposable 2 blade razor and a can of shaving cream that we had and tried to think of how I’d seen it done on TV. I was able to get it done without doing serious damage; it’s pretty tough to cut yourself too badly with those disposable razors.
Like the author, I didn’t tell anyone and nobody made a fuss about it. But I figured being 15 it was time I began to grow and initiate some kind of change. The peach fuzz on my upper lip wasn’t very appealing either.

620 Alex Smeets May 26, 2010 at 2:06 am

I am 17 at the moment, getting close to 18. My first shave was around when I was 16, I went into my dads bathroom when he was gone, and shaved off some of the fuzz off of my upper lip with his Mach 3. From then on, I knew that I did not want anything at all to do with anything but Straight Razors. I went out, researched my stuff, and ended up getting a couple of straight razors from Ebay. The main one I use now is an old plain white Dovo. I have been shaving with my Dovo for about a year and a half now, and I am loving it. Sure, I have cut myself good, giving me a bigger smile than I wanted at times, but all in all, there is nothing that compares to a nice wet shave. My first shave with my Dovo didn’t go as good as it could have, but I can say that I didn’t leave any deep gashes, only small cuts. I love the tradition and care put into wet shaving with a straight razor. I love going over and getting a nice hot bowl of water, warming up the blade a little bit in the water, and honing it nice and slwoly with care. I love getting a hot towel and taking a quick relaxing sit down to clean off the face. I love mixing up the soap until it has just the right consistency, and applying it to the face. I love taking my time slwoly going across the face, making a nice clean close shave with care. I just love it all so much. Everyone thought I was crazy for using a straight razor, but I have shown them that I love it, and that I will shave like this until I die, and show my kids and grandkids how to shave the right way… with a straight razor and with care.

621 Jake May 26, 2010 at 2:14 am

My mom bought me some razors and shaving cream and told my dad to show me how to shave because my peach fuzz looked so bad.

622 Andrew from Canada May 26, 2010 at 2:14 am

My first shave was at 13-years-old when I noticed fuzz on my upper lip. My mother raised me by herself, so I had to figure this out on my own.

The only thing I learned about shaving was the toilet paper thing from watching Homer nick himself repeatedly on The Simpsons.

I took her Women’s Gillette Sensor Excel and carefully scraped the whiskers off in just a few cautious strokes. I figured something sharp enough to cut my hairs could easily slice my skin, so I just grazed my mug. I felt like an artist putting the finishing touches on my work.

When I finished I proudly gazed into the bathroom mirror, looked myself in the eye and said, “You used a woman’s razor, but you’re a man now.”

623 Mithun May 26, 2010 at 2:20 am

My First shave was a bit late at the age of 18 or 19.
I just observed dad a few times before that, and then ventured into it myself… Got a few minor cuts and bruises first couple of times, but then mastered it myself with practice. :-)

Indeed, after the first shave, you do feel a lot more mature inside!

624 Jerry May 26, 2010 at 2:40 am

my first shave was aroun 11 i guess…my peach fuzz had finally gotten to the point of horrifying, so dad and i sat down and removed it…been doing it ever since

625 Spud May 26, 2010 at 2:49 am

Well, after many years of pre-pubescent practice with my nifty Lion King shaving kit, I think I finally needed to shave around…18 years old? Dad did teach me, though I’d been watching for a long time. And no, wasn’t much of a rite of passage – I only had to do it once every three months. Many years later and I’m only now up to every other day. -ha-

626 Justin Everett May 26, 2010 at 3:03 am

The first time i Shaved I was 12 years old. It was the night before a Middle School dance, and i had got the love of my life, at the time, to say yes to going with me. I had expressed an intrest in shaving a few weeks prior to the dance, but was bombbarded with stories from my mother and step-father about how if i started shaving then i’d be a wooly mammoth with in only a few short months. I begged and begged in order to do so anyway, and at last my step-dad finally yielded into letting me do so, but not teaching me how. “Figure it out for yourself” he yelled from the living room as i picked up he disposible razor for the first time. If I remember correctly i shaved from my eye- balls to my upper chest and ear to ear. It was way more exciting then anything that the dance had to offer, and i shaved every day after that for two months straight. In my world, growing up as a boy with out a father it was indeed a rite of passage into manhood. It was doing something right the way the men of my family had done before. I am twenty years old now and shave with a straight razor. It feels like everytime i pick it uo i can fondly remember that first shave, and have a direct link to my Grandfather and his fathers, it’s a handed down razor, and i still feel that fun little rush i felt those many years ago. Love has come and gone over and over again, but i still shave, and always will, and that is true love.

627 Darren May 26, 2010 at 3:05 am

I was probably around nine or ten years old when I had my first shave–watched Home Alone 2 and rushed to recreate the scene myself when no one was watching, haha.

628 Gregory May 26, 2010 at 3:25 am

I’m not going to lie. The first time I shaved was when I was 7, before I had a beard. I did the whole shaving cream and one blade disposable Bic. I thought I was so cool shaving just like my dad but he thought it would be fun to play a trick on me. He said “Greg, you know that now that you started shaving, your going to grow a beard.” He thought it was hilarious. I was horrified. I was only 7! The only kid in 2nd grade with a beard? I straight up cried in my room thinking of having a lumberjack beard while doing my times tables and learning cursive. Terrible.

629 Joshua Barber May 26, 2010 at 3:26 am

I first shaved around the age of thirteen I believe. Dad taught me using a disposable BIC razor. First he had me watch him shave, talking me through all the steps and why he shaved which direction first, and then he talked me through my own shave. Mom broke in and took pictures about half way through my turn. I was so red in the face!

I cut myself only once, and was pretty proud of that. Still am, point of fact.

630 Geoff May 26, 2010 at 3:49 am

My dad started “shaving” me when I was about 4, putting shaving cream on my face and wiping it off with the backside of the razor. I started to really shave in middle school.
My best shaving experiences were when I was living in Morocco and I used to get straight razor shaves at barber shops in the poor part of Rabat for about $1.25

631 ramón May 26, 2010 at 4:19 am

I remember mimicking my dad when i was young, I had a formula one Hot Wheels car that had an exaggerated spoiler that reminded me of a razor. I put a handful of shaving cream on my face and pretended with my Hot Wheel.
I didn’t start shaving until a little before I was eighteen. I only had a little bit of hair and being jobless at the time I bought a pack of cheap throw aways. I lived only with my mom too and wasn’t going to dare ask her what a suitable razor would be for a guy.
On my eighteenth birthday, Gillete sent me a Fusion razor. I stuck with it and as I started shaving, not having my dad there to show me, I realized when it came to being a man, I didn’t have the luxury my friends had and had to figure it out for myself.

632 Wolfger May 26, 2010 at 7:53 am

I was a late starter. My first shave was when I was 18, and I was living in a college dorm. Needless to say, my dad wasn’t around to show me how it was done, and I was too embarrassed to ask any of my classmates how to shave. So I bought a pack of cheap disposables and some shaving foam, and just did what seemed natural. I shaved against the grain, and missed a lot of spots because the shaving foam got everywhere (I used way too much). Subsequently, as soon as I left the ROTC program I decided to grow a beard and shave as infrequently as possible. Sadly, my first *real* shave, with a straight razor, didn’t come until 22 years later. Now I enjoy shaving, though I still keep a goatee and mustache. I even shave my head with my cutthroat.

633 Dave May 26, 2010 at 7:59 am

I was a late bloomer and did not shave until the day of my Senior Prom. Being the reckless youth I was, I passed on my father’s tutorial. Instead, I decidedi this is something I could easily do myself. Suffice it to say that I went to from with a couple smal and one large bandaid on my neck and face. The next time I needed a shave, I learned the time-honored process my Dad uses and still shave that way to this day.

634 Cameron A May 26, 2010 at 8:08 am

I probably had three hairs on my chin when I was 12 and I had seen my dad use the razors a million times so when my parents were out of the house for a quick errand I snuck upstairs and tried to do my best at shaving my whole face. I jumped on having the shaving cream, made a mess, but managed to get it on my face. I then just grabbed a cheap razor that was in the bathroom and tried to clear off the cream with that. I gathered so much on the blade it just started to plop off as I crossed my face. Not long before I nicked myself and now the cream was plopping off with a red tint. I did manage to get those three chin hairs off, but I made a huge mess and looked like I’d been through a deli slicer. I did not feel the need to repeat the experience for a long time but when I did I asked for some help.

635 Greg May 26, 2010 at 8:22 am

Unfortunately, my early experience at 15 was with an electric razor and without the right of passage from father to son. It was not until later in life did I begin to realize the experience of a true shave which I hope to instill into my son. I feel shaving should be a enjoyed and not be a chore. Slow down, take the time to enjoy.

636 Brian Dusablon May 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

Nobody taught me. I used an electric for my first shave, sadly. My first wet shave didn’t come until years later. My first REAL shave with a beautiful safety razor came last year, at age 30. What a difference.

637 Matt May 26, 2010 at 9:33 am

Dad was and is an electric razor afficianado. So, when I was about 10 or 11, he got a new one and replaced the blades in his old one, and bought me a thing of Williams electric shave. After that it was just a matter of him pointing to the bathroom, and telling me to get “that fuzz” off my face.
Electrics never worked out for me, so I soon graduated to disposables and have been upgrading since then, finally, at the suggestion of my wife moving into a wet shave with a safety razor, and have never been happier.
I, of course, hope to win, but if a first timer does, keep at it, get it down, it’s well worth it.

638 Steve Crane May 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

I don’t recall exactly when my first shave was but a daily shave was necessary from the age of 15 or 16. My father may have offered a few hints but I wouldn’t say he really showed me the ropes.

639 Brian May 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

I’m with Matt above – my Dad was an electric razor kind of guy. So that’s how I learned too! I think I was 13 or so before I started shaving, and I distinctly remember having a rather remarkably terrible amount of peach fuzz before I actually learned to shave….

Fun fact: I have never shaved with anything besides my old Remington electric (which is currently so old that it doesn’t really have a battery life)

640 Alejandro Sanchez May 26, 2010 at 9:44 am

When I was 11 years old I was at this sportscenter with my dad, we played soccer for a while, then the swimming pool and at the end the sauna. After taking a shower, my dad shaves and when he finishes he hands me the razor, shaving cream and tells me to try it. I did not have any facial hair what so ever but the whole experience was amazing. As I was “shaving” a maintenance guy walks by and sees me shaving, and he yells “HEY KID WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? ” my dad stepped in and explained it was my first shave.. good memories

641 LM May 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

I was 11 when I started to shave on a regular basis. I always wonder should I have waited till everyone said that I must shave.

642 Mauricio May 26, 2010 at 9:55 am

The first time I shaved I got help from both my dad and my grandpa (my mom’s dad). I originally went to my dad, but he told me that no one really taught him how to shave and when he would shave he would usually have some irritation of the skin. So, he sent me to my grandpa and he taught me the proper way to shave. Then the awesome thing was I got to show my dad what I learned, helping him with his problem too haha

643 Spencer May 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

My first shave was early in high school, with my dad’s electric razor. I changed to disposable cartridge razors after that, but that was terrible on my face because I wouldn’t change cartridges until I absolutely had to because they were so expensive. I’ve gone back and forth between electric and disposables, depending on whether I can afford the exorbitant cartridge prices.

644 Jason Incles May 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

Though my father was a great father, very attentive, and also schooled me in the many ways to be a good man and a gentleman, I have to admit it was a friend that first gave me the best lessons in shaving. A very good friend of mine, about 7 years my senior, was more like an older brother to me and not having father that had left him at an early age, I think he really enjoyed having someone to share things with in a way that it was never passed down to him.
I can’t even say I remember my first shave, but it was this friend that noticed the razor burn and rash and obviously the ‘shotty’ job I was doing. He very politely broached the subject, as to not embarrass me, and began to share his experience and technique for shaving those especially difficult curves in the neck, and how to avoid razor burn. He explained the use of good shaving cream, the difference in razors, and even after shave for my sensitive skin.
It is a fond memory of camaraderie and friendship, and 21 years later, I am proud to still count him as my friend.

645 Goutham May 26, 2010 at 10:23 am

Sneaking into my parents bathroom lathering up with my dads musky old shaving cream getting cuts all over my face but feeling very grown up and manly. Enough said!

646 Tim May 26, 2010 at 10:24 am

I first started shaving at the age of 4 or so. I would sneak into the bathroom and steal my dad’s razor, but could never find where he kept his shaving cream, so I would just make do and run some cold water and copy what I saw my dad do. Later, I found out that my dad would keep a razor without the blade in plain sight knowing that one of us kids would try to copy him. Wisely, he hid the shaving cream, because he didn’t want him or my mom to clean up the mess. I’m pulling a similar ruse on my kids now, and about once a week, I find the dummy razor all wet and almost in the same spot where I left it. You can’t help but smile.

647 Brad May 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

It wasn’t magical. It wasn’t even a wet shave. Electric razor, peach fuzz on lip. Anti-climactic.

It wasn’t until years and years later that I discovered the magic of a sharp blade, a brush, hot water, and some bay rum aftershave.

648 Michael May 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

I didn’t start shaving until 15. My dad never taught me. I had plenty of TV dads to show me the way, thankfully. God bless DVR … and absentee parenting.

649 JW Shaut May 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

My first shave was more or less a covert operation. I was probably 11 or 12 and it was absolutely not neceesary for me to have done so. I was not the hairiest pre-pubescent, nor am I even now a particulary hairy guy. I just knew that men shaved and I was ready! I had seen my father shave, but not very often, as he worked nights and got ready in the afternoon while I was at school. I remember locking the bathroom door, busting out the required equipment, and proceeding to apply and remove shaving cream (notice, no hair) systematically from my face. What a stud! I was also convinced, at the time, that shaving would stimulate beard growth. Oh, how wrong I was. These days, I am not the biggest fan of shaving and would rather let it all grow. However, my wife finds a clean face much more attractive and less “scratchy”. And, we all know that “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”

650 John Penrose May 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

My first shave…………..oh the joys. I was so intrigued with watching my Father shave everyday I couldn’t wait. He warned me I’d hate it, but of course what did a Dad know? When I saw my fisrt hair on my face at the age of fourteen, one simple dark hair really, I knew it was time. I sneaked his old safety razor and Barbasol shaving cream out of his bathroom and set out to become a man. Cut the devil out of myself twice, but the joy of being like Dad was well worth it. I still enjpy a good close shave almost 40 years later.

651 Ross May 26, 2010 at 10:59 am

Sadly, I’ve yet to shave using a razor; I’ve stuck with my electric shaver.

652 Joe Singleton May 26, 2010 at 11:10 am

My first shave was at gunpoint, you might say. I was in 7th grade and where I went to school, we had a pretty strict dress code (this was the late 70s). I was starting to grow a wispy mustache and damn proud of it. I knew I’d get busted, at some point, but I wanted to make it last as long as possible.
Eventually, an assistant principle snagged me and dragged me to his office. He walked me to the restroom and handed me a much abused twin-blade razor and told me to shave it off. Cold water, nicked razor and a frustrated commandant tapping his toe. It hurt, but I managed to get done without drawing any blood.
Every chance I got, I let my ‘stache grow in until they told me to shave, it was practically the only rebellious thing I did until my senior year of high school. I guess it was a rite of passage, in that sense.

653 Jens May 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

Shaving was definitely a rite of passage for me… I must have been about 13 or 14. I used a some cheap plastic thing that first time and while it was still a wild experience I knew it could be more. When I finally started using a safety razor and badger brush in my 20′s – shaving became the manly ritual it was meant to be.

654 Pat May 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

It was magical until I finally did it at 13 or 14. I probably enjoy shaving more now than I did back then.

655 James Trevizo May 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

I never really grew that much facial hair in my high school years but the little I did manage to go went largely unnoticed. Then I joined the Air Force. They Noticed. My first shaving experience was hurried and full of yelling. I was in a large communal bathroom with dozens of other guys rushing to shave and fighting for mirror space. I think the whole experience took me all of three minutes. Its not something I’ll soon forget. I didn’t do too poorly. I didn’t nick myself, I just missed a few spots and got a bad case of razor burn.

My Knowledge of shaving prior to that unpleasant event was minimal. When I was nine or ten I remember my dad using disposable razors and electric shavers of various sorts. After that I didn’t live with my father so I was rather ill prepared, really can’t learn too much about shaving your face from your mother.

If I’d had time to think about it during my first shave I might have seen it as some sort of milestone, but the only thing in my head at the time was: faster and I hope I dont cut myself. Then I was using some horrific single blade disposable razor. It was definitely not the best choice of razors. Nowadays I use a Gillette Fusion. I can’t say that I’m completely happy with it but until I upgrade its what I’ve got.

656 Warren Crutcher May 26, 2010 at 11:32 am

I was 13, and my dad and I were in the car, coming home from an appointment. He pulled into the parking lot of a local drugstore and I asked what we were doing. He replied, “we’re going to get you a razor and shave off that moustache of yours.” I hadn’t shaved, but I was at the age where a distinct shadow was starting to form above my lip and on my chin. We bought a razor and cream and then went home and he showed me how to shave. Afterwards, we went into the kitchen to show my mom and I was presented as the “newest shaver in the family”. I remember it quite well, and I am glad my dad made it something kind of special for me.

657 Shaune May 26, 2010 at 11:33 am

My story might seem pretty uneventful. There was hardly any blood.

My mom and sister were out at the time. I dont remember where they were, but it was just me and dad sitting in the living room watching tv. I was about 13 at the time and the peach fuzz was getting thick, I guess. Because, dad started staring at my face and then asked me if wanted to learn how to shave because it would really make my face look a lot cleaner.

I really was not to keen on the idea. For some reason I never really liked the idea of being grown up. So, reluctantly, I followed my dad into bathroom where he explained the whole process step by step. He lathered up, then I did; he explained the easiest way to hold the razor and how to shave in those difficult areas like that dent under your nose. I pretty much mimiced every move he made.

I dont recall cutting myself at all, but I might have. It was 15 years ago.

658 Brett R May 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

Shaved off the peachfuzz-stache to play basketball my freshmen year of high school. The coach made John Wooden look like a slouch. My dad handed me his electric, turned it on, and said, “good luck.” That thing ripped it right out of my face. Good thing it didn’t grow back very quick.

659 Dan May 26, 2010 at 11:37 am

My first shave was pretty classical, and not very tragic. But it certainly did provide an excellent memory. I was 12 years old and I had noticed some peach fuzz for a while, but I never thought much of it. My parents would point it out and joke that I’d have to start shaving soon, but I decided I would wait until I actually had something worth getting rid of. There were many jokes about putting milk on my face and having the cat lick the hair off, but then one day one of the whiskers was considerably darker than the rest.

Right then and there, I felt like I was becoming a man. That one whisker was a “man” among “boys” and I thought that it was a sign to start shaving. I showed my mother and she told me to hurry because my father was currently shaving and getting ready for work. Sure enough I caught him before he left and he told me that he had no problem being 5 minutes late to work to help his boy shave for the first time. Used a safety razor and some old school soap and I haven’t looked back since.

660 Sean Fox May 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

Wow, my first time. Kinda reminds me of another first. Lots of build up, then a bumbling effort, followed by a bit of dissapointment.
I did not have to shave until I reached college. I have seen my Dad shave as a kid but I never had any lessons. (Just like learning about the birds and the bees as well). Anyway. Dad shaved with a cartridge razor but I had also seen him use a straight razor and an electric. So, upon realizing that the jumble of hair growing out of my neck required some attention I decided to do something about it.
I still did not need to shave my face but the neck hair had to go. My grlfriend at the time volunteered to wax hat hair for me. Long story short, I decided to man up, I agreed and suffered immediate and immense pain. Shortly thereafter I received an electric razor for Xmas. The job I did on my neck was just slightly less painful than the wax. I could not figure out why I could not get a close shave.
I finally decided when I got a job in an office to finally pony up and but a razor. I just bought the latest gillete disposable. The disposables I bought did not have the lubricating strip and I continued to tear up the skin on my face and neck.
My trails continue, I shave my head with a hair trimmer and no guard and for a while I shaved the dome with a Gillettte Fusion. I seem to have more success shaving my entire head than I do simply shaving my face. Once a week I nick either my neck and or my face and I struggle with ingrown hairs on the jaw line. The search for and easily repeatable, close shave continues.

661 Erick E May 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

My first shave was when I was in 5th grade. I am Chilean and I had just returned from my first trip to Chile with my parents to meet the rest of my family. My father had always shaved with electric razors, so when I saw my grandfather wet shaving with a Gillette Trac 2 I was mesmerized. I had never seen someone make a lather before let alone taking a razor to their face! Funny side note: In Chile they refer to a razor as “Un Gillette” I guess the name brand has stuck down there. Anyways, I would watch my Abuelo Alejandro shave daily. He showed me how to shave by showing me how to shave with and against the grain. I spent a full month down there, and on my last day my Grandfather gave me his razor. He said it for when I became a man, so I could always remember him because he loved me and even though we were worlds away he always thinks of me and wanted me to think of him. Of course when I got home being an anxious little boy, I broke out the razor and headed to my downstairs bathroom and attempted to shave my peach fuzz mustache. I took out a bar of Dove soap, wet it, and rubbed it on my face. Then I decided to hack away, and needless to say, I had plenty of bloody spots on my upper lip. I had seen my grandfather put dabs of toilet paper on his weepers so i just stuck a whole sheet on my upper lip. When I went upstairs and my mom saw the bloody piece of TP stuck to my face she freaked out and asked what happened. I responded by saying “I wanted to be a man like my Abuelo, except I guess I’m not ready yet.” My mom took pictures of the event and sent them to Chile for my grandfather to have. They have that picture displayed in their house alongside all my other pictures when I was growing up.

662 Philip Gedgaud May 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

My first shave was when I was six. I didn’t need to shave but that didn’t stop me from sneaking in to the bathroom and using my dad razor. I couldn’t exactly hide it though cause I nicked myself and started bleeding. I didn’t shave for real until I was 16 or so. It was no big deal. Just through on shaving cream and shaved it off with a razor.

663 michael May 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I was in no hurry to shave, however my step Dad told me and my older brother to start when I was turning 12 and my older brother was 14. It was an annoying time as I recall it, no fanfare our Step dad was never a kid and had no idea how to talk to us as boys. He just walked passed on morning slapped a can of cheap store brand shaving cream and a razor in our hands and said you better be clean shaved when I get home form work tonight.

The only point of pride for me was that I was younger than my brother when he made us start shaving. I don’t recall watching him shave but I had my grandfather, a tough old timer who used a straight razor and cold water, washed his hair with Tide or Lava because he did not see the point in wasting money on more than one kind of soap. I loved him like I can’t express, a real manly man, worked with his hands, could fix anything, and was self taught, a deputy sheriff, game warden, and secret air force downed pilot rescuer. (Air Force would send him to recover secret hardware and the bodies of downed test pilots in Nevada because he had the climbing and horse skills the Air Force guys did not).

Anyway I tried to recall what I had seen him do with a straight razor with the safety razor kit I got from my step Dad. A few cuts and dings but I lived through it!

That Christmas someone gave my brother an i a nicer shaving kit with the now banned heat shave creme that got really hot as it came out of the can. Who knows what chemicals that was back in the 70s.

664 Chris May 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm

The first time I shaved was when I was 12 or 13. My dad came home with a razor and shaving cream and basically told me that it’s time to start shaving. That day is when I shaved the very first time.

665 Jeremy May 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Ahh, my first shave. Did it in the shower with a disposable razor and put two neat cuts in my top lip. That gave me away…

666 Paul May 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm

My first shave was with a safety razor of my Uncles, I was 4, didn’t need to shave but I’d seen him shave and thought that’s what everyone did. Blood everywhere, shouting parents etc.

I had to start shaving daily when I was about 12, luckily by then I was able to use the disposable bic, cheap soap etc. I don’t remember the actual first time at 12 but I do know that I tried safety razors, my father’s electric razor (which didn’t even cope with my bum fluff). By the time I was Thirteen I needed to shave twice a day or the girls would complain I’d scratched them when trying to kiss.

I have been using a safety razor, good brush & soap now for over 10 years on and off, each winter the beard is grown (it’s colder in Canada where I now live than it ever was in England) then each Spring it get’s shaved off, I’m at the stage where I’m just about to teach my own Son who’s Thirteen how to shave, he’s resisting it for some reason that I can’t think of.

667 James May 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

My first shave was when I was 17, I had just a few scruffy hairs on my chin and I taught myself after watching a few guys on TV. My dad really hasn’t played a big part in my life so I had to learn through some trial and error. I can’t wait though for the day when I get to teach my 2 sons to shave. Thanks for this article

668 Joshua McCracken May 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Let’s just say 3 scraggly chin hairs+Barbasol +Disposable Gillete Razor+Hai Karate Cologne=Freddy Kruger Slash job that Old Ladies Loved

669 Dee May 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I had this whispy 7th grade mustache, but my mother told me not to shave, sh was worried it would grow in thicker (which is what it would do anyways). I snuck into my dad’s bathroom to use his Gillette Atra razor. I bragged to all my friends, even though I cut of an entire zit & used too much aftershave.

670 Devin May 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I don’t remember how old I was, but I remember sneaking into my parent’s bathroom and going through and finding a razor. I don’t even remember if I had any facial hair at the time, but I do remember cutting myself a whole bunch and not wanting to shave for a while after that.

671 Zach White May 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

My first shave, oh the years of my youth!
I was knee high to a grass hopper, that is to say, around 9 years-old (my family has intense hair growing abilities). I was so embarassed by the unsightly moustache I was sporting that none of my classmates seemed to have, so I took it upon myself to get rid of it.
I had no prior knowledge of shaving, save that it was done with soap ( dad was a cold water shaver), so I lathered up.
Ended up with cuts and knicks all over.

Good times. Good times.

672 Jim L May 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

My 1st shave was when I was 12 years old. my parents we talking about it so my dad handed me his electric razor, I hated it! I have the worst razor burn! a couple weeks later I asked my dad if he would teach me how to shave. we went to the local grocery store and we bought the cheapest 1 bladed disposable razor and shaving cream we could find. I went home and he taught me how to do it and I kept most of my face intact… from then on I shaved every couple of weeks until I could grow some form of a beard (I thought it was cool at the time). so there I was a 7th grader with a beard bigger then the seniors the same year! I kept the beard off & on until my Jr year then I shaved everyday with an electric ( I hated my cheap disposables) then on my 18th birthday I got a Mach3 in the mail for free! And I have been using it ever since!

673 Joe Jaklitch May 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

The first time I shaved was before my 8th grade graduation. I had random long hairs sticking out of my cheek and a couple on my chin, so I was told by my teacher to shave it off. I’m sure it looked pretty ridiculous. I didn’t have to start shaving on a regular basis until around my sophomore year of high school.

674 Tariq May 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

My first shave was with a pair of scissors, after I finished, I remember my dad looking at me and saying “what did you do? You look like girl now”, LOL

675 Matt May 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

My first shave was rather accidental, but none the less and upon reflection, it stands out as a rather profound moment and seminal rite of passage. My father traveled a lot when I was growing up, but he made sure that I had all of the necessary tools for ‘manhood’. On my 12th birthday, he had given me the Mountain Lion Old Timer knife. I loved that knife and its cool, 4 and 3/4″ blade. It made me feel like a man as I strapped it to my belt after I came home from school everyday.

I made sure that knife was always sharp. I made it a habit to sharpen it as I watched Texas Ranger baseball games on Channel 39. One night as the Rangers were taking on the Royals, I affectionately stroked the blade with my thumb measuring its sharpness. I remember having a thought, “I wonder if this knife is sharp enough to cut hair?” As the game progressed, I started to stroke my cheek with the blade. I remember glancing down, and there was a thin layer of peach fuzz around the edge of the blade! I can’t remember if I was more excited that the blade was sharp enough to cut hair or that I was actually shaving. After each stroke, I would caress my face. My face went from a soft peach to a sensitive baby’s bottom.

I still have that knife. Everytime I look at it the memory of peach fuzz shavings around its blade comes back to me, and a small smile comes to my face.

676 Martin May 26, 2010 at 1:38 pm

My parents divorced when I was a baby so a lot of the “manly” tasks and traits that I have were instilled in me by my grandfather! My grandfather was smart enough to not fight my grandmother for control of the bathroom so built his own in his workroom (what we call man caves now). It was his own oasis within an oasis. He was proud of me (I was his only grandson and he only had daughters) and he welcomed me into his oasis with open arms while I was still young. Women weren’t allowed–not that they wanted to come in. My grandfather was old school wore the fedoras, open doors for the ladies, didn’t cuss in public, etc.. He shaved twice a day. Once in the morning (5 am’ish) and once again after work…”to freshen up before dinner”. I was always at his side when he shaved in the afternoon. When I was 12 he decided it was time for me to shave. He said he didn’t want me to look like a hippy and that the ladies didn’t like the whiskers. He lathered up the cream in an old coffee cup and “painted the shaving cream” on my face. Then he handed my his safety razor (ivory handled that he got in Africa during WWII) and cautioned me not too press hard, “let the blade to the work”. Of course I pressed too hard and sliced my face open right where your sideburns grow next your upper ear (hair still doesn’t grow there). As the blood poured down he smiled and got behind me. With both of us facing the mirror he took my bladed hand in his and gently shaved my face while showing me how to do it. Once we were done he toweled off my face and then splashed a handful of Old Spice on my face and hair and then doctored my battle wound. I was beaming from ear to ear and so was he. It was a proud day for both of us. I still use Old Spice to this day because of him–just a lot less. In a few years it will be my son’s time to shave and hopefully I can pass down the ritual to him like my grandfather did for me–minus the blood!

677 Jason May 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I’ll never forget my first shave. I was in the 8th grade. It was before school one morning, and my dad took me into the bathroom. My mom was sitting on the bed trying to peek in, but my dad shut the door and said, “This is a man thing”. He took out his electric shaver and took off my fuzz on my upper lip since that’s all I had at the time. I remember going to school and having my upper lip burning from the shave. My math teacher just laughed at me.

About a month later he taught me how to shave with a regular blade shave. I look back on that now, and will cherish those moments with my father. Great article/blog!

678 Derek Camp May 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I don’t recall my first shave specifically. What I do recall is one day my dad passed me in the hallway and said, “Derek, I think you need to start shaving.” The next grocery shopping trip (a bi-weekly epic adventure in our family) included a Mach 3 and some shaving gel for me. My dad talked me through it ahead of time but I think I was on my own for the event. Pretty anti-climatic given some of the glorious stories here, I guess.

679 John Alexander May 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

My first shave wasn’t as amazing as I had pictured it when I was a young boy. I had dreamt of the day that I would take a razor and take the whiskers off my face like they did in the movies. Unfortunately that was not the case. As we were a family with a low income most of the things that I used were hand me downs, and when it came time to shave there was no exception. My first shave was with an electric razor, I was greatly disappointed. After many years of this I finally took what money I had and got disposable razors. This was a great change, I no longer felt like I had a vacuum up to my face. Even though my first shave was when I was young I have to say that my first real shave was last year when I made the switch to a Safety Razor I bought at a local antique shop. It was the best purchase I have ever made, and shaving is so a lot more enjoyable. I feel that this will truly be something that I pass down to my children, as it seems that every boy needs their father to show them how to get a good clean shave.

680 Chandler P Creel May 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

My first shave took place in January of my 7th grade year. I had just moved to Virginia, was about to start at a new school, and had notice the darkening of the hair on my upper lip. I asked my dad if I should shave and how. He gave me a quick lesson in the basics of shaving and watched my trembling hands hold that Gillette Excel razor with a huge grin on his face. Because I was in middle school and a new school at that, I didn’t want to be different in any way, so I didn’t tell anyone I was shaving until the other guys began to. My dad is a minister and was occasionally known to share details about our family’s life, after I got done shaving, I looked at him square in the eye and said, “I don’t want to hear about this from the pulpit.”

681 Michael M May 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Sounds like my experience was pretty similar to Derek’s.

One day, I realized I actually had some hair on my face and had recently gotten one of those free razors in the mail. I remember expecting it to be exciting and vaguely dangerous (blades! egad!) only to find it just scuffed up my neck a bit. I acquired an electric razor shortly thereafter for Christmas, though I’ve gone back to wet shaving.

I wish I had a more exciting tale to offer; then again, at least I didn’t bleed all over the place that first time.

682 William Patterson May 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

First time wwas with one of those cheap blue BICs. after shaving a portion of my sideburns off… (I was 12 and didn’t have any facial hair!) i tried to clean the blade by rubbing my finger along the head under the water.
Ouch!
The first time I shaved was the first time I realized how sharp these razors actually were.

683 Daniel May 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

First shave: 14 yrs old, Panasonic electric shaver, Dad offer to give advice (I was a punk teenager and told him “I know Dad”) Nothing special, just buzzed off the peach fuzz mustache.

684 Nick May 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I shaved off the ol’ peach fuzz for the first time when I was in 7th grade. I used a generic single blade disposable razor I took from Dad’s pack, and generic shave cream out of a can. My big brother actually gave me pointers that first time, and then Dad came in with some coaching on my next attempt a couple weeks later. Some little cuts, but thanks to good guidance (no thanks to cheap equipment!) my jugular and my dignity remained intact, as they do til this day!

685 Dan May 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

My older brother had recently moved out and left behind a fair deal of stuff in my folks’ home, including his razor. I was about 12 at the time, and, much like today, didn’t have too much in the way of stubbery to even legitimately consider something to tend to, but damn it all! It was time to be a man.

I shaved of everything around, but I kept some small patches of beardly wisps right by my ears. That’s right, first shave was first attempt at sideburns. Unfortunately, the next day someone caught on, and called me out on my “half-assed attempt at sideburns.” I was 12 and fragile, so that evening I shaved them off. So my first time shaving was a two-parter.

Lesson: Just because you sort of have it doesn’t mean you can flaunt it.

686 Quinn May 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

My first shaving experience is when I was probably 13 or 14, I believe I was a freshman in high school, or maybe a little before. I was also quite embarrassed about it. I had seen people shaving in movies and what not so I had a good idea about how to do it, and luckily I did not end up cutting myself. However the 2nd time my dad did see me and I was super embarrassed about it, I’m not sure why really but I was. I dont recall what type of razor I used, probably a cheap disposable that I stole from my older brother.

687 icecycle66 May 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

First shave, hmm, I was about 11 or 12 or 13. I don’t really remember.

I was living in a house with nothing but women at the time, family women. I had a little goucho mustache, soft never shaved lip fur, but noticable from across the room. I was reidiculous. I dug through the bathroom cabinets looking for an unused razor, braving the likes of various pads, and diapers, and tubes of things, and things to be inserted into places. It was like spelunking in a nightmare of feminie hygene. I remember feeling like if I was caught digging through all this I would be strung up by my toes and flogged for invading the privacy of the women. After what seemed like hours of a face first education in the proper application of tampons and up to my shoulders in everything liquid absorbancy product imaginable i see my goal.

The golden handle at the end of the tunnel. An old one blade bic razor. The saftey cover was off and I could clearly see there was damage to to the blade. No matter. I had enough Pitfall harry like adventures under the bathroom sink. This was the first blade to touch the flesh of my face. Alas, there was no shaving cream. Not even any soap to be found, that I rememnber. So here I go, there I went. Straight one blade (which was probably the best thing going for me at the time) dry shaving with a dinged up discolored blade.

It took probably 10 minutes to saw off that little mustache. And I thought I was done. But, when I looked at my face in the light I could see the clear difference between the shaved and unshaved portions of my face. So I continued. It took probably half an hour of what seemed like individual hair tweezing with that busted bic blade. By the end I had what looked like a blood fountian on the bottom of my chin and on my neck. Little blood spouts all over.

The next day is when I read an encyclopedia entry on sshaving and went to by some new disposables and a can of colgate.

688 Jason May 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm

My first shave was at 15, and it really wasn’t that exciting. No manly education in proper shaving techniques with a safety razor, no stealing my dad’s razor (because he didn’t have one…to the day of his passing, I have never seen him without a full beard), nothing. I got a present of an electric razor for my birthday and a ‘it’s about that time’ comment. Pretty lame really.

689 Jeremy May 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

My first shave was with my dad’s safety razor. I was home alone around Jr. high, nothing but peach fuzz on my cheeks. I decided to give it a go after my dad teaching me how without the blade in the razor. I lathered up with his Barbasol and started in. The rush of running a real blade across my face was exhilarating. I cut a couple places on my neck but not bad for the first time. After rinsing my face I splashed on a little Old Spice. Ouch! With my head held high I stuck my chest out a little more. Good times!

690 Sam Jones May 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

My first shave was in my lower teens. I hadn’t bothered and had gotten suitably shaggy and homeless-looking. Just shaved it off with an electric trimmer and got in the habit of doing that every month or two.

I would definitely like to get in the habit of something more manly.

691 Kenny Sutherland May 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

My dad was out of town for awhile, so my mom gave me the electric razor she got him in 1977 (this was 1998) that he had never used. That thing still holds the record for cutting my face the worst.

692 The Slats May 26, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Since I can’t recall my first shave I will mention my “born again shave” i.e. first DE wet shave :) After reading the AoM article on shaving like your grandpa I took the plunge and snagged a Merkur 38c, Proraso preshave, TOBS lavender cream, and an Omega Pro brush (all from westcoast shaving).

The very day I got the goodies I went at at. Happiness followed and hasn’t stopped since.

693 Ash May 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I got my first “kit” for Christmas after I turned 13. I had that nerdy little peach fuzz mustache, and away it went! Been shaving twice a week ever since (until I started DE shaving – now it’s 4x/week).

694 Adam May 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I was about 14 when my Dad said “Son, it’s time you learned to shave.” After a brief block of instruction, I went to work on my hairless face. It felt great, even though I didn’t need to shave daily for a few more years. I’ll never forget that first shave.

695 Aonghus May 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Like some other posters here, i had more than one ‘First Shave’. My first was when i was about 15 when, after much cajoling, my Dad got me a razor and showed me how to use it. It was an electric one, so it wasn’t difficult to use. It wasn’t very accurate either though, and required several passes or lots of stubble and fluff was left behind.

About 6 months ago, at the ripe old age of twenty, I decided to switch to straight razor shaving after reading the shaving articles on this page. I went out and bought a simple straight razor, and tried it out as soon as i got home. Cheap though it was, the difference in shave quality amazed me, and i only nicked myself twice that first time. I doubt I’ve ever felt as manly as i did shaving with that for the first time.

696 Kevin May 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I had a pretend shaving kit growing up, like most boys I knew. The shaving cream was real enough–the “razor” I think just had a platic “blade” to scrape of the shaving cream. I remember shaving with my grandfather and then putting on his aqua velva. Then we went and showed my grandmother how smooth my 7 year old face was.

My first real shave was with my step dad- I’m working on getting rid of his very water wasteful method of shaving with the water running hot the whole time.

697 Afam Ume May 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

My first sahving experience occured when I was 10 years old. This experience was prompted by my peach fuzz moustache becoming more and more pronounced at what I thought to be a very young age. I would have sported the moustache but it wasn’t thick enough leading me to dry shave my upper lip only with a twin blade disposable razor. Needless to say it will remain a memorable experience as I remember my reflection being so durastically changed. At school you’d always be able to tell the first time a person shaved because they’d look so much different. In my twenty-one years I’ ve never seen my father without a beard. My mom has never even seen my dad witouth a beard so I basically taught myself through trial and error and hope to develop beyond semi-disposable blades to safety razrors or straight razors.

698 Mike C May 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

My first shave was when I was very young with a toy razor with no blade. My dad showed me how to lather up with a brush and how to shave properly, especially around the mustache. I shaved like that many times with him long before I actually needed to. When I did need to, I got a Mach 3 at the drug store with some Barbasol and I was on my way. I did that process through high school, college and into my first few years married. After my dad died, I got his brush and shave soap dish. After talking to a more mature friend of mine who shaved the “old fashion way” I threw away my old ways and went back to my roots. Now i’m all about the brush, soap and DE safety razor. I’ll never go back. When I lather up using my dads Old Spice shaving dish, the shave takes on greater meaning. I’d say it was a right of passage, but I didn’t appreciate it until many years later.

699 Colt May 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm

im 18 years old and i first shaved about a year ago. i had previously shaved peach fuzz with clippers, but when i turned 17 i started getting wiskers. my brother showed me how to wet shave with a old school gillette razor and what i thought was toothpaste tube for shaving cream. definitely a milestone in my life.

700 sal May 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I suppose I was in grade school. Just started on my own using my Dads razor and cream. Must not have been that eventful because I don’t really remember it.

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