Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 19, 2016

Sources

The Telegraph (UK): "Facial hair's formative years: What the Vikings and Romans did for male grooming."; Daily Mail: "Our everyday life in extreme close-up: The precise cut of a razor shave and why drinks will never look the same again."; Kidshealth.org: "Shaving."; Sherrow, V. Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History, Greenwood Press, 2006.; Amy Garber, RN, host.; Sound Effects: freeSFX.

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AMY GARBER: I just love when my boyfriend is freshly shaven, running my hand across his smooth skin. And when I'm done caressing his legs, I check out his face.

Wait, that's normal, right? He said he's a competitive swimmer, helps him glide through the water. Although he's a little chunky to be a swimmer.

From a distance, shaving looks effortless as the razor glides across your face, but a closer view tells a different story. The first blade pulls the hair up before slicing it, but it's not over.

Here comes another blade, and another. Pull and cut, pull and cut, pull and cut. That poor face. It's almost too much to watch.

Shaving has come a long way. Archaeologists have found ancient tweezers made of sea shells or bones that early man would use to pluck facial hair. Look at us now. Not only do we have fancy razors but we have these bad boys.

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Yeah, I'm bad.

Although, when we see an electric shaver up close, it kind of looks like something out of a horror movie.

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It pulls and yanks the hair into submission. No sharp edges making clean slices like the razor. Check out the difference in this side-by-side comparison.

Wow, that hair got butchered. Might want to keep that in mind if you're dating someone who has microscopic vision.

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So if you know a boy on the cusp of shaving, share this link with them so he can make an informed shaving choice. You'll be glad you did. Well, I don't know if that's true, but I'll be glad you did though.