Razors For Women

Learn about the razor choices on the market for women.

Most women would agree that shaving is one of the basic elements of any comprehensive beauty regimen. Lately, many electric razors have appeared on the beauty scene, marketed specifically towards women. These contraptions seem to be the height of up-to-date, trendy personal care. But are they really practical?

Sold in drugstores and department stores, electronics shops and upscale luxury retailers, electric razors cost upwards of $50 and require a significant amount of cleaning and care, as well as frequent battery replacements. Considering all of this, non-electric razors, even if they are not on the cutting edge of the beauty industry, begin to look like an appealing alternative.

So, exactly what types of non-electric razors are out there?

The most basic option is the single-blade disposable, the grandparent of all disposable razors. This choice is not for the faint of heart; with no special features whatsoever, the single-blade disposable offers no protection against razorburn, nicks or cuts. The plus side of simplicity, however, is the price: single-blade disposable women's razors may be as cheap as $2.50 for a pack of five. These are usually identical to basic men's disposables, with the distinguishing (but irrelevant) difference of coming in feminine colors (like the bright pink Bic Lady).

The next step up on the ladder of non-electric razors is comprised of disposables with extra features. These often cost around $5 for a five-pack, and offer better skin-protection features like aloe strips and extra blades for a closer shave. There are name brand versions like the Bic Comfort Twin or Comfort 3, as well as generic copycats made by drug-store chains like CVS and Rite Aid for a slightly lower price.

A third non-electric shaving option for women is the refillable razor. These seem to be very popular, partially due to the agressive advertising campaigns of major companies like Gillette and Schick. While refillable razors are more expensive than disposables, they offer a more extensive list of features to justify the cost. The Gillette Venus Divine, at just under $9 for the razor and another $20 for an 8-cartridge refill pack, offers three coated blades for better comfort and less irritation, a swivel head for better precision, and aloe to protect from razor burn. The Schick Quattro is similar. At about $9 for the razor and another $9 for a 4-cartridge refill pack, the Quattro boasts four blades for a close shave, pivoting head for precision, and aloe strips to avoid irritation and dryness.

Most of the other models of non-electric razors are simply older versions of these, and are cheaper with fewer features (for example, Silk-Effects was the precursor to the Quattro, and Gillette's Sensor Excel was a simpler counterpart to the Venus). If the newest versions seem too costly, these slightly ourmoded versions are a thrifty and comparable choice (and they may be, as in the case of the Sensor Excel, merely half the price of the newest model).

How should women decide what type of razor to use?

Basically, people who like gadgets and trendy technology will probably always prefer the "wired" option...in this case, the electric razor. But for those who care about value and budget, non-electrics may be a more practical choice.

The various factors to consider are price, comfort, and effectiveness. While the simplest razors are the cheapest, the more complicated and slightly more expensive refillables offer more protection for your skin, and a closer and more precise shave overall.

And for those who are "technologically-challenged," here is the most welcome news of all: Non-electric razors have virtually no way of malfunctioning.

Happy shaving!

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