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SINCE reaching puberty I've
been doing it every day. I
remember the older kids at
school bragging they were doing
it, and that they were now real men.
I couldn't wait to do it, and now
nearly 35 years later, I've been told by an
expert that I have been doing it wrong.
I'm talking about shaving, of course.
Whether I go up or down, or side to
side, I always cut myself.
I started using twin blades and I
reluctantly graduated to five blades.
Recently I had so many cuts that I
made Norman Gunston look good.
In frustration I did what any man
would do, I told a friend in confidence
who, of course, then told everyone else.
However, to my surprise they were
sympathetic to the cause and we all
shared a moment reflecting on the good
and bad shaves.
Seeking expert advice came easy.
During a recent haircut at Duntroon,
I happened to mention my ill-fated shav-
ing story to the barber -- as you do -- and
to my surprise I was looking at my sav-
iour.Ron Ruffy, a barber with more than
48 years' experience, provided me with
the basic do's and don'ts.
After describing my daily shaving
routine to him, I could see a look of frus-
tration and disbelief in his eyes.
He then took me through the basics.
"Always start with a warm face; don't
shave on cold skin," he said.
Ron said to achieve the best results,
you need to start with a pre-shave rou-
tine.This includes placing a warm towel
on your face and using a pre-shave gel to
soften your skin.
Then massage the shaving lather into
your skin with a shaving brush.
"Canned shaving cream is OK, but
what you really need to do is use a good
LAC Bill Solomou sets out to find a solution
to a not-so-hairy problem.
quality cream and make sure it gets right
in between the whiskers," he said.
"Your razor will glide through the
whiskers and you will get a better finish."
From there Ron went on to describe
the importance of using a sharp, clean
and warm razor.
"Go with the grain of the whiskers,
otherwise razor burn is quite prevalent,"
If you happen to cut yourself, use styp-
tic pencils or liquid to stop the bleeding.
Ron's advice to members in a hurry
is to shave in the shower.
"For best results do yourself a favour
and buy a non-fog mirror, you will not
need to pre-shave, but once again lather
in deeply," he said.
"The warm water will soften the
whiskers, and you will end up with a
After drying your face, Ron suggests
using aftershave because it helps close
the pores. Another alternative is to use a
cold towel or aftershave balm.
LATHER UP: LAC Bill Solomou has a close shave on a visit to Duntroon barber Ron Ruffy (right) and
picks up some handy tips.
Photo: CPL Nick Wiseman
May 4, 2012
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