Wet Shaving - a primer in not using your girlfriends razor.
Don't call it a comeback, its been here for years. Single blade razor's and the usage of them is coming back in a big way. One of our most popular items is the Rockwell R1, and I doubt it's going to slow down any time soon.
Guys are starting to figure out that shaving is expensive, and for no real reason. Even the budget shaving "clubs" are overcharging, mostly because somewhere along the line, men started thinking they need 17 blades to get a close shave. Gentlemen - You don't need more than 1. If you put the right edge on an axe, you can shave with it. I've done it. Put down your girlfriends mach 47 super turbo overdrive and listen up. (ever notice they're exactly the same minus the colors?)
Those umpteen blades you're using in conjunction with petroleum based shaving creams, is the start of your woes. The cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut of those things sliding across your face is the gateway to razor burn city, ingrown hairs, and general discomfort, that you then slather with either another petroleum or chemical based aftershave, and make it worse. No matter how much they tell you that having that extra blade in there is designed to lift, crop, tweeze, or whatever other line of marketing BS they've fed you. Seriously. They're garbage. Throw them there. Throw the can of shaving cream in there as well.
Now you're wondering "but the razors you guys use look dangerous". Until you take 15 minutes and learn how to use them, and give yourself a few shaves to really get good at clearing your face forest off. You think any member of the Rat Pack ever used a razor with more than one blade? (were those dudes not dapper, 24 hours a day?) Practice makes perfect. Next time you're at the barber ask for a few pointers. I guarantee you're not going to stop getting them at the barber, because it’s nice to be pampered if the barber’s shave game is strong, and they'll sure as heck want to keep you from mangling your face if you're a regular.
Shave soaps are a different breed, in that it takes an extra 2 minutes over squirting rejected gasoline byproducts all over your face. Get a decent brush, mug, and soap, add water, stir (wet the brush, not the soap) - the rest is sorcery. Seriously though, there are a million youtube videos from wet shavers, discussing everything from their favorite fragrances, to face vs. bowl lathering, it’s all personal preference.
Straight razors vs. safety - This is a matter of personal preference. The safety will be easier to master because you're used to the form, and shape of your face. Straight razors in my opinion allow for a better control once you learn how to maneuver them, but definitely have the tougher learning curve. I always recommend that guys wanting safety's start with the Rockwell R1, or the Merkur 34C- the R1 is designed for newbies to be as hard to cut yourself as possible, while still being able to shave, and the 34C is just a darned good razor, if you get to the point that you have 20 razors, the Merkur will always have a place in your routine.