There are guys who have full beards and never trim them, and there are guys who shave their face clean every day or two. Both of those are a lot easier to deal with than what guys like I opt to do: have neatly groomed facial hair. Whether it’s a moustache, sideburns, a goatee, a soul patch or a full beard, turns out that managing facial hair is work. My poison of choice is a goatee, though I used to have a full, albeit trimmed beard.
Fortunately I don’t have to shave on a daily basis, my facial hair doesn’t grow that fast. Further, one advantage of having facial hair is that is does free you up from that annoying daily shave. Still, if I ignore all personal grooming for even 4-5 days, it’s not going to look very good. Enter the Remington Beard Boss Perfecter Stubble and Detail Kit, which is available both at your local Walmart and at Walmart.com.
But, hey, let me show you instead of just talking about it! Here I am after about a week of no shaving or trimming:
You can see that my goatee is a bit shaggy (particularly under my chin) and that there’s lots of scraggly hair on my cheeks where it should be cleanly shaved. Not really the look I seek and it’s also not the day or two of stubble look that some guys can really rock. Not how my facial hair grows, so a day of stubble never looks so great. Oh, and the gray facial hair. Ahhh, getting old is so delightful. 🙂
I’ve gone through lots of razors and trimmers, but in the spirit of finding the perfect grooming tool, I picked up The Perfecter: Beard Boss Stubble and Detail Kit by Remington. Big name but it’s a fully equipped kit, all neatly packaged up:
What you can’t see in the packaging is that it includes quite a few different heads and attachments for the razor, something that’s a lot clearer once I opened it up and spread the parts on the counter:
The T-Blade head is already on the waterproof (yes, you read that right, 100% waterproof) razor handle, but that can be covered by the trim heads that are different lengths or the dial-a-length head. The leftmost head replaces the trimmer (it’s easy to switch them) and makes a proper flexible foil shaver head. It also comes with a little cleaning brush and some lubricant oil, which becomes quite useful a year or two into ownership. Also included: a power cord and a bag to store everything in so it doesn’t take over your bathroom.
Speaking of power, there are nice bright LEDs that show how much charge it has and once the Perfecter is fully charged, the lithium battery will last for over 5 hours of actual use. Since my typical quick touch-up is just 2-3 minutes of shaving, that means the 5 hour charge would last a month or longer.
More importantly, it’s really easy to work with The Perfecter so taming my unkempt beard, adding a straight trim line and cleaning up my cheeks was a quick project. Here I am part way through the process:
In this photo you can really see how long I let the hair grow on my cheeks! Slim and with two speeds — the faster speed is called “Turbo” — the razor’s a breeze to work with and not at all uncomfortable (some razors vibrate so aggressively that my hand can go numb).
It can be hard to know how much hair you’ve trimmed when grooming and detailing your beard, which is why the sink is a useful data collector — and hair collector! — as you can see:
Someday they’ll invent a razor with a mini-vacuum attachment, but until then, cut us guys who groom slack when you see a stray hair or two in the bathroom sink. As you can see above, it’s not so easy to get it all perfectly clean after a shave!
It didn’t take me long to tame the wild facial hair the The Perfecter. Here’s the “after” photo:
Not too bad. As they say, I can “clean up well”. Thanks to The Perfecter: Beard Boss Stubble and Detail Kit by Remington, available at your local Walmart or Walmart.com.
Now to go clean up that darn sink…