Where does the stubble go when using electric shavers?
Thank you for the thorough and direct reviews.
I am looking at the Braun 790cc after only using a disposable razor for many years. I have never used an electric shaver before.
My silly question is... where does all the hair go when you shave with this razor? Does the razor itself collect it all then clean it off in the cleaning base, or does it kind of go all over?
I'd like to make the shaving process as quick and neat as possible if I can. Thanks!
Thanks for the question Josh.
With all electric shavers the stubble generally gets sucked into the shaving head, so under the foil cap or rotary blades.
When you remove the foil cap from the shaver, you can shake/brush/blow out the stubble into your sink. Same goes for certain rotary shavers. Most of the time this isn't going to be a lot of hair, just a bit of stubble.
Obviously the thicker your beard is and the longer you've let it grow out, the more stubble your shaver will collect.
What I've noticed on most shavers is that if my facial hair has been left for 3 or 4 days, some of the stubble will actually fall into the sink. So if you're shaving a very thick beard, you might make a little mess if you're not over the sink.
Most of the time this doesn't happen. I usually shave everyday or every other day, and with this schedule the shaving head collects almost all of the stubble.
If your electric shaver doesn't come with a cleaning base then once you're done shaving you would remove the cap and shake and/or blow out the stubble into your sink. Then you would rinse the shaver under running water, and even apply some liquid soap if you want.
When you have the cleaning station like you would with the Braun Series 7 - 790cc, you still might want to remove the cap and brush out the stubble before putting it into the base. I don't rinse it, but I sometimes brush it out first. This just helps keep the cleaning base clean. Once you've done that just slip it into the base and press the button and it gets thoroughly cleaned.
You probably don't have to do this extra manual clean if you're shaving everyday, but if your beard is a bit thicker, or you haven't shaved in a few days it's best to just remove the cap and brush away the stubble before using the cleaning station. Again, if you're shaving every morning, you probably don't have to do this.
One tip would be to not brush the insides of the actual blades of the foil cap, and be gentle removing and putting the cap back on.
If you want to make the process as quick and as neat as possible, shave more often. If you use this shaver everyday (assuming your facial hair grows in each day), it'll take you around 3 minutes and there shouldn't be any mess. The longer you wait between shaves the more time in takes, which ultimately is harder on the shaver, harder on your face, and harder on the cleaning base.
This article on how to clean an electric shaver gives you a bit more detail.
All the best.