Lip issues. :(

Discussion started by Director, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. Director

    Director Member

    So I'm only a couple of weeks into my DE shaving adventure and so far no blood has been drawn. :p I am however having issues getting a nice smooth upper lip shave. Have tried ATG, WTG and across the grain. Even spending a lot of extra time there I'm still not happy with the result which seems about the same regardless of what blade/soap I am using. Should I be a bit more aggressive with the pressure or am I doing something else wrong?

    Any simple tips or is it all going to come down to practice?

  2. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Member

    Probably an angle issue bud
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  3. thisISjoel

    thisISjoel Member

    Don't add pressure, adjust your angle. Especially going ATG finding the most efficient cutting angle can be difficult.
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  4. Director

    Director Member

    I had a hunch it might be something like that. Is the 30 degree angle a gospel thing or do we have wiggle room?
  5. Snooze

    Snooze Member 2017 Sabbatical Fail

    +1 - don't use pressure! Adjust the angle and maybe try a different blade - I find some blades are rough ATG
  6. And if you do slice off a portion of your lip... you can always give someone on this forum a bit of lip! :hilarious::LOL::X3:
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  7. SchoolForAnts

    SchoolForAnts Member Artisan Producer

    I only do WTG and XTG on my upper lip, otherwise I get little weepers.
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  8. Normie

    Normie Member

    30 degrees is a difficult thing to measure with a safety razor. It actually relates to the blade angle, which can be completely unrelated to the angle of the handle. Different razors will also have different angles, and different ranges of angles in which they will work. Of course, different people's experiences with each razor will differ also.

    The best thing for anyone to do is experiment. Generally speaking the WTG pass on the cheeks is probably the best place to try things out.
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  9. Mark1966

    Mark1966 Shavepocalypse 'Prepper' Site Moderator Grand Society 2016 Sabbatical Fail

    It is one of the hardest areas - so go easy on yourself.

    I go two passes effectively XTG starting from either side.

    It will come in time!
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  10. Volare

    Volare Member

    Some great advice here. I also only do WTG/XTG in that area (you might add a very "gentle" ATG pass for that special occasion). Try to focus on maintaining the angle while you follow the contours of your upper-lip. Smaller strokes, lightest touch and at least for the short-term, I recommend not to aim for the closest possible shave in that area - You'll get closer as your technique develops over time ;)
  11. Director

    Director Member

    Yeah it's really weird. Yesterday it was really nice and smooth but today, even though I 'thought' I was doing the exact same thing it's all over the place. :)
  12. Lego

    Lego Member

    As ferret has said, it's likely the blade angle. What I do, which works for me, is to gauge by sound rather than by sight. When I have dialed in the correct angle, I can hear the sound. It's all about the sound.
  13. Director

    Director Member

    Cheers, doing much better with the Mingshi razor.
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  14. Ferret619

    Ferret619 Member

    To be fair the futur clone is very large under, especially under the nose. Good work on taming it
  15. wayne646

    wayne646 Member

    Under the nose without slicing the bottom of the nostril, it can be painful :eek:
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  16. Dragosanni

    Dragosanni Member

    It does come with time and practice I never thought I'd be able to get a nice shave now im running around 80% bbs on my face but under my chin and neck have been a problem you have to realise that you might not get bbs everywhere im still learning and the chin and neck area are slowly getting better at getting the right shave
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  17. Director

    Director Member

    heh, yeah sounds similar, If i do an extra run over the chin and neck they're not too bad. The Mingshi razor has helped a lot though.
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  18. Drubbing

    Drubbing 110% Smiley-Free Site Moderator

    This. I sold mine. When a razor is as big as a hammer, it's time for a different razor. There is too little headroom for it to be user friendly under the nose.
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  19. Havachat45

    Havachat45 Member

    Time for a cut-throat - they get under the nose real well

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