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And while learning to tame it with the proper shaving techniques is one of of those storied male traditions passed down from father to son, it seems no one ever taught the modern man how to elevate the contents of his Dopp kit.
My dad traveled the world when I was little, and since his five o’clock shadow started somewhere around noon, he always took a precision-made, metal Gillette Atra with him, packed alongside a bottle of Wet Look and mint-flavored Pepsodent, because back in the day, shaving in transit wasn’t an afterthought or a chore involving those cheap, disposable razors they give out at hotels when you’ve forgotten to bring your own. It was a very personal way to gain fresh perspective, a daily ritual that started off his day with a clean-shaven slate.
My husband’s face on the other hand, ever (annoyingly) young with blondish-brown hair expertly masking any white lurking therein, can’t grow much of anything at all, yet he still enjoys a bi-weekly shave with his trusty Mach3 for the same reasons my own dad did, plus one more. Our daughter.
The cosmos slows down the littlest bit when those two are tucked up under one of her pink blankets, cheek-to-cheek with her latest favorite bedtime story, as if allowing them wrinkles in time that extend their time together. And like many dads and their daughters, he is her moon and stars, and she is his sunshine and rainbows.
Gillette asked us to make their father-daughter bedtime routine even sweeter by heading to Walmart to choose from their collection of Gillette Fusion ProGlide razors.
We went with the pivoting Razor with FlexBall Handle Technology, mainly because Friends made the word “pivot” a thing, and the idea that an inexpensive shaver could respond to the contours of a man’s face while giving him what Gillette calls their “best shave,” seemed like a pretty good theory to test.
Jeff has used Gillette razors forever, and was skeptical about the hype – reengineered low cutting force blades with finer edges, a blade stabilizer that maintains optimal blade spacing, plus a streamlined comfort guard that channels excess shaving cream to produce optimal blade contact – because blah, blah, blah.
Turns out Gillette is still the best a man’s face hair can get.
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