| | Re: shaving super thick facial hair
It's very hard to use a razor on a few day's worth of growth. Use an electric hair trimmer to get it down to something managable, then finish the job with a razor. I like using a disposable razor vs electric, but either one works.
By the way, the best razor you can use is actually a single-blade. The shaver itself is more expensive than the ones you can get at Wal Mart, but the blades are very cheap. Overall, the shave is a lot closer and I find it can cut through the hair easier.
Edit: Also, regarding the barber thing -- It's a good idea, even if you go just once. You can observe how they do it and then try to follow along at home.
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