I don’t even really remember when I started shaving. I just know it gradually developed from an occasional practice to a regular grooming necessity some time during my late teens and early twenties. What I can say for sure is that I never cared for it until May of 2006, when I discovered a better way–an old fashioned safety razor, high quality shaving creams, a badger-hair brush, and all the correct techniques to use them.
I have two teenage boys in the house, now, and I suppose they’ll do whatever suits them–as they should. But I wanted to at least introduce them to some of these traditional products, so I ordered them razors and brushes.
As for learning how to use them, there’s probably no better resource than Michael Ham’s book Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable. However, I also found these videos helpful.