If you never had to shave again, would you miss it? I would, as I enjoy it, but I have a friend who has a five o’clock shadow by lunchtime and swears if the opportunity arose he would get his face lasered so it was permanently bald. A simpler solution might be to alter his perception of shaving and find something about it he enjoys.
There are a lot of things it is difficult to do when wet-shaving.
Please note, I said ‘difficult’ not ‘impossible’. Let’s not place limits on the actions of others or stifle their creativity, imagination, or determination to do the daft and unexpected. Pushing boundaries is part of being human and it provides us with entertainment when things go wrong...
You don’t drive a car through a snowy field looking backwards.
Almost any activity, not just a high risk one, is easier when we can see what we are doing. All of our senses contribute, but the more visual information we have, the better our chances of success.
Due to a glitch in the space-time continuum we’ve received this diary entry, sent back in time from 1,000 years into the future
I’ve discovered an ancient and long-forgotten secret. It’s incredible, a complete game changer.
We instinctively know the coolest, most stylish people are those who make it look easy. We also know some effort is required to do this. Success comes from not letting that effort show.
Sprezzatura is a wonderful Italian word defined in the sixteenth century by Baldassare Castiglione in his ‘Book of the Courtier’. The successful courtier was expected to be proficient in singing, dancing, sport and diplomacy. Sprezzatura referred to the ability to perform all these difficult actions without showing the effort involved, as though no thought had gone into it.
The most vital element of any shave is what comes between the razor and your skin. You could have the world’s finest razor. But if you use an inferior gel or foam, you won’t get the shave you deserve...
Humans are creatures of habit. We get comfortable with the stuff we do, and we are not particularly experimental. But wait a minute. Maybe there’s a way of doing what you’ve always done... but doing it better? And “yes” we are talking about shaving...
You wouldn’t choose to chop vegetables with your eyes shut. You wouldn’t drive off at night without using your headlights. So why would you shave with your face obscured by lather?