[Dixielandjazz] Shave and a haircut - What the razor bladecompanies don't want you to know.

Stan Brager sbrager at socal.rr.com
Tue Sep 6 07:35:00 PDT 2005

It was the Army which helped me to realized that shaving cream was
unnecessary. During boot camp, in 1954, we had to have our footlockers neat
and orderly according to a prescribed plan. This included a pristine shaving
cream container. The one I used certainly didn't meet muster. The solution
was to buy a new can of shaving cream for the display and use soap to shave.

That was the last shaving cream I purchased.

Musical content: "Shave 'Em Dry Blues"
Musical question: why isn't "Shave 'Em Dry Blues" being sung any more?

Stan Brager
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Gunter" <jazzboard at hotmail.com>
To: <l.swain at comcast.net>; <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 8:44 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Shave and a haircut - What the razor bladecompanies
don't want you to know.

> Hi Larry and all,
> You wrote (regarding the price of a shave and a haircut):
> >So please let me know where I can get a haircut, much less a shave
> >and a haircut, for six bits?
> Actually, I don't think you can if you go to some commercial barber shop.
> HOWEVER . . .
> I do my own shave and haircut (now that I enjoy male pattern baldness and
> 'state of the art' razors).
> This brings up an interesting point.
> How many of you guys still use shaving cream before go to the gig and take
> blade to cheek and shave off the offending whiskers?
> (aside to Bob Ringwald) This is an "on topic" discussion directly related
> your bringing up the subject of "shave and a haircut" in the first place
> should in no way be considered a digression from our usual "acceptable"
> discussion topics.
> Now . . . I used to always go out and buy that big aerosol can of Gillette
> shaving cream and I would squirt out a handful of lather and then smear it
> on my chops and then, using Gillette "Custom Plus" disposable razors, I'd
> hack off the beard.
> One day, out on a gig at a distant motel, I discovered I had no Gillette
> shaving cream in my toilet kit so I just washed my face, used the
> bar of Motel 6 Soap for a bit of lather and slapped some of that on my
> and shaved.
> I did not notice one single bit of difference between the shave with the
> shaving cream and without the shaving cream!   Go figure!!!
> So I read the blurb on the Gillette Custom Plus razor package:
> "Twin Gillette Comfort Blades are thinner to cut hair more easily-for an
> extraordinarily comfortable shave."
> "Lubrastrip edge with Extra Lubricating Poweer, Vitamin E and Aloe."
> "Soft Ultragrip handle for greater control."
> Friends, Razor techology has come a long way since my grandfather used to
> use a razor strop to sharpen his folding razor blade.
> Take my word for it. Modern razors are super sharp, ratain their edges for
> longer period of time and will give a close shave without having to use
> big can of aerosol shaving cream!
> The deal is, the razor blade companies (Gillette, Shick, etc.) also
> manufacture shaving cream and it is not in their interest to advertize
> razors which are so effiecient that you don't need to buy the shaving
> Face it -- Shaving cream is redundant today!!! But it is still sold
> they sell shaving supplies.
> So here's the bottom line:
> I haven't used shaving cream for several years now. I simply wash my face
> with some hot water and a regular bar of whatever soap is available at the
> motel or my home and then shave it off.
> Trust me, there is no difference between the quality of shave with plain
> hot water and a bit of soap (optional) and some fancy-schmancy shaving
> cream. Modern razor technology has rendered that stuff obsolete.
> It is now easier to pack my toilet kit when I travel to gigs and my
> time is reduced by a third to a half.  Women still throw themselves at me
> hoping I'll let them dance cheek to cheek with me because of my "baby
> bottom" smooth chops.
> Respectfully submitted,
> Bill "Baby Face" Gunter
> jazzboard at hotmail.com
> ps - go ahead, sheer . . . you are all the victims of an advertising scam!
> Hah!
> extra ps - Ringwald doesn't shave anyway . . . he lets somebody trim his
> beard whenever it gets too shaggy.

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