“ Brand: Philishave „
The daily ritual of shaving is nothing more than a pain as far as Im concerned. I stumble into the bathroom still half-asleep and proceed to drag a razor around my face and throat. Its a small miracle I havent sliced anything off during this blurred morning performance, on the far to numerous occasions I do nic myself it seems to take an age to staunch the blood flow. Unfortunately, as soon as I stop bleeding I forget that Ive cut myself and decide a liberal dousing of after-shave will set me up for the day. A strange grunting and yelping then follows with a jig thrown in for good measure, It feels like my face is ablaze, how can such a small cut hurt so much?
Add to the mix the fact that I also shave my head, and something really has to be done. Ive tried hair removers like Veet (Imac), with little success. Just on the point of giving up shaving my head and face forever and resigning myself to being Essexs answer to David Bellamy, I notice, in the studio gifts catalogue a rather good looking offer for a Philishave 4826 for £40. Could this be the answer to all my hairy problems? Ive tried chemical and mechanical so why not electrical?
The days past, I got hairier, until the postman delivered my brand new Philishave 4826. I was like a child on Christmas morning, the worm had turned, my hairy days were over, and I would soon be as smooth as a billiard ball.
The Philishave 4826 has what is known as a Patented lift and cut system, 3 individually floating heads and Microgroove, which all add up to a very close shave. The inbuilt battery needs to be charged for 12 hours the first time and 8 hours every time thereafter. This gives a cordless shaving time of up to 30 minutes, more than enough for most peoples needs.
If you prefer, and have a shaving point in your bathroom, you can use the same cord that charges the battery to use the Philishave as a mains electric razor.
I have tried both and did not notice any difference in performance either way.
The first few shaves were a little painful in that I got a bit of razor burn. To be fair to Philips they do warn this could happen for the first 2 to 3 weeks until your skin gets accustomed to the way the Philishave works. I just remembered not to use after-shave.
One of the best features of the Philishave 4826 is that it collects the hair behind the shaving heads. This ensures a clean shave and no mess if you are already dressed, no one wants a hairy shirt after all. To empty the hair out you simply pull the shaving heads off and tip the hair away. A handy little brush is included to enable you to clean the unit thoroughly and it does the job well.
The Philishave also has an inbuilt trimmer for grooming sideburns and moustaches, but as I have neither I cannot comment on the effectiveness of this add on.
Another point worth noting is the Automatic Voltage selection when charging the Philishave. Basically this means you can take it abroad and pop it straight into a plug with no risk of blowing it up. A rather good idea to make life a little easier.
In the pack you receive the Philishave, a charging cord, small cleaning brush and a pouch to keep everything together. A 2 year guarantee means no worries if it goes wrong.
On the Minus side, I have found that the shaving heads seem to have gone a little blunt, which is disappointing since I have only had the Philishave around 5 months.
Philips recommend you replace the shaving heads every 2 years but I will probably have to replace mine after about 8 months.
I still recommend the Philishave 4826 though; it is far cleaner, safer and quicker than other shaving methods, with the added bonus that you cannot slit your throat in a moment of absentmindedness.
Price: - £40 (this was on offer so may be higher)
Manufacturer Website: - www.philishave.com
After having used wet shavers since I first learnt and had to shave I had been suffering from progressively worse rashes and skin irritation on my face and neck. I tried a number of different wet shavers and shaving foams but none seemed to make any difference. Along with this I regularly cut myself when shaving, this wasn't fun, surely there was some other way of removing those bristles? After thinking about the problem, I decided I had two options the first was to grow a beard and turn out like David Bellamy, not so great and the second was to get hold of a dry shaver, ideal! I was delighted then when I received a Philishave HQ4826 as a Christmas present. All the old wet shaving materials were thrown out and I started to look forward to trouble free shaving and no more nightmares about turning into a David Bellamy look a like (though in hindsight this seems pretty unlikely as David Bellamy's small and Iam 6"4). ---Style & Function-- First impressions of the shaver were good. It's nicely curved and easy and comfortable to hold when shaving, showing good ergonomic design by Phillips. Its also in a rather fetching gun metal metallic colour. It looks and feels durable, having unintentionally put this to the test by dropping it onto a tiled floor whilst unpacking it I can vouch for the strength of its construction! The front of the shaver has two small LED lights (a red and a green one) showing whether the shaver is charged or needs charging. Located above these is the on and off switch. When you need to recharge the shaver the two pin power cable is inserted in the bottom. If you have a shaving point the cables ideal for recharging but if like me you don't, buy a two pin to three pin adapter from Woolworths they cost less than a £1. ---The Shaving System--- Located on the rear of the shaver is that all essential item.... an inbuilt trimmer for grooming sideburns and moustaches!. Ser
iously though I've used it a number of times and found it to be pretty effective on my sideburns (unfortunately I can't tell you what its like on moustaches as Iam lacking in the facial hair department thanks to the other part of this shaver!). The most important part of this shaver is as we all know the shaving heads. Well there's three shaving heads, they come protected with a clear plastic cover, which needs to be removed when shaving. These three individually floating (this means that they move to the contours of your face, producing a better shave) heads with microgroove both lift and then cut the stubble. Unfortunately I can't find out what the term "microgroove" means so I presume its just a unique Phillips marketing phrase. The shaving system according to Phillips is supposed to add up to a very close shave but in practice does it live up to these claims? Behind the heads lurks a hair collection chamber, which is accessible by removing the whole top of the shaver. This is a really great idea, it saves on having to clean up all the time, though it fills up pretty quickly and needs emptying at least every week (the best way to do this is by using the little brush supplied with the shaver). ---My Experience--- Compared to a wet shaver the quality of the shave is noticeably worse . Any decent wet shaver such as a Gillette Mach 3 provides a close shave. Though on the other hand all wet shavers should be issued with a health warning do not use if you don't want to give blood. Everyone who has wet shaved must have cut themselves once. I suppose though using a wet shaver also has that risk/adrenalin element, the same one that makes people bungee jump and sky dive though on a miniscule level. During use the shavers pretty quiet and the anti vibration design really does work! The Philishave provides an average/good shave though when I feel my chin after having shaved with it it still feels a l
ittle stubbly. The main advantages of the Philishave are that its quick to have a shave, you can shave anywhere and there is no risk of cutting yourself. Compared to a wet shaver the Philishave does'nt irritate my skin as much but its not perfect and after shaving every day for a week with the Philishave my skin is very dry, a side effect I would not get with a wet shaver. ---Batteries & Charging--- The Philishave HQ4826 operates on mains power or on rechargeable nickel - hydride batteries which contain no cadmium mercury or lead. Charging wise it takes around 8 hours for the shaver to charge fully and this then enables you to have around 10 thirty minute shaves. The shaver also comes with a piece of mind two year guarantee, I've had no occassion to use this yet. The shaver also rather usefully has worldwide automatic voltage selection between 100-240V,AC 50-60Hz, especially if your a frequent traveller. ---To Conclude--- I've now been using my Philishave for over a year and a half and Iam quite happy with how its performed. It can't get the same closeness of shave as a wet shaver so if I want a really close shave I go back to wet shaving usually every 3-4 days it also helps to moisturise my skin. According to Phillips the heads of the Philshave are supposed to be replaced every two years but the quality of the shave I have been getting has been deteriorating for the past 6 months (as the heads have been getting progressively more blunt). I would recommend that you change the heads around the year mark. Compare this to wet shavers then you see that the Philshave heads last far longer! Less wastage in both heads and shaving foam means this is a far more environmentally friendly way of shaving. ---Further Information--- Included in the shaver pack is a pouch for convenient and protective travel storage, a power cord,cleaning brush and shaving head prote
ction cap. Shaver weight: 163g Cost - around £40 from Boots or any other similar shop
Right, well, before I go on, let me get the image of the ‘facially haired challenged girlie’ that you have in your minds well and truly out. I do not shave. I have never shaved. Well nothing higher than my armpits anyway (did try having them waxed once though …..ohhhhh the pain!!) and unless nature is extremely cruel to me, I have no intention of ever shaving. That image gone yet? No, well ditch it now…. I DON’T SHAVE. So maybe I’m lying? Could I have a top lip to rival that of Tom Selleck???? I haven’t but just thought it up, so thought I’d put it in, a little bit of humour never goes amiss does it? Anyway, let’s get down to business (watch it!!) let’s talk men’s grooming accessories…… the PHILIPs ‘PHILISHAVE MICRO ACTION HQ4826’ My father had this bought for him for Christmas, he had been a good boy and Santa was kind that year. And so there comes a point in every girls life , when after having the pleasure (??!!) of listening to all the great attributes of this ‘little baby’ (he’s a sad man!?) by a devoted to shaving with this Father, things, small details and such start to sink in and my mind being what it is begins to think dooyoo……..op………money (rubs hands gleefully together and uncannily looks like Scrooge – I must get a job soon…….!!) And so, much to his amazement, I sat him down one night and asked him to ‘tell me all about it’. Rate this wisely and considerately, you’ll never know the pain I went through for this??? “Well”, he said…….. “It has three micro action shaving heads, and a trimmer”. “Wow”, I said…………. Alright, enough with the he said – I said thing, I’m bored with it already so, basically, I’ll just tell it
like it is………….. Where was I? Ah yes, 3 micro action shaving heads which are individually floating!! Basically, cos they are floating means that they can get closer to the skin for a closer shave regardless of the length or angle of the skin. There is a moustache and sideburn trimmer, which I know he never uses, no moustache and I trim the ‘sideys’ up when I do his hair (I ain’t a hairdresser, but I’m rather handy with the clippers, a size 2 comb and he’s not fussy!! I did once get the clippers stuck in his hair, but that’s a totally different story!) but on having a look at his ‘little baby’ (when he’s at work, I’m not actually brave enough when he’s home!) it flicks up from the back and does look a pretty fierce little tool and certainly appears to be able to do its job. This shaver, I refuse to call it a little baby, is a neat and helpful little thing! It cleans up after itself, or rather it helps you too, there is an easy to open chamber that keeps all those unwanted bits of whisker in one place, and its amazing just how many days worth of whiskers it holds apparently. The heads are self sharpening too, but they should be replaced every two years for optimal results. Its ‘neatness does not result in it never having to be cleaned though. You have that job to do yourself (it’s a shaver not a maid!?) and basically that’s a once weekly routine. Not a hard one so its shouldn’t be that difficult for all you guys out there? Basically just lift the top off and with the dinky (my word – not Dads) little brush provided clean it. Easy isn’t it? But…… always one of them……. that’s the weekly clean, the bi monthly is a tad more on the complex side. You actually have to get technical and pull things to bits. The shaving heads have to be removed and cleaned one by one!! Do not mix up
the cutters and the guards!! Apparently each cutter has been ground with its own corresponding guard for tiptop performance. It ain’t the end of the world if you do accidentally mix and match, but it will be a while before your shaver is ‘hot to trot’ again and gives you the close shave that you actually bought this shaver for. You don’t buy a car and then keep it in the garage do you so…… The trimmer has to be cleaned every time you use too it buts it’s the simple art of just brushing it, so it won’t be too taxing for many male minds (not you, I mean him!!) You do have to lubricate it every 6 months with sewing machine oil though (Oh the looks of bewilderment I see……. A sewing machine guys……… thing that sews things together???!!!) And only sewing machine oil will do, its no good bringing in the Duckhams 4 stroke from outta the car boot!! Its rechargeable and main operated. To recharge it usually takes around an hour leaving you with approx. 30 minutes of cordless shaving fun (woo hoo) There’s also a quick charge option of just 6 minutes giving you one shaves worth of cordless shaving. But the old guy tends to keep it on charge when its not being used anyway but turns the power of at the mains every so often as you’re not meant to leave it connected to the mains continuously. So although he relayed around an hour and half of information on this shaver, he couldn’t quite help me with the really important bits (doh) Sorry. Keeping up with its status as being a helpful little thing, it tells you when it’s charging with the aid of a green light. And when it needs charging with the aid of a red light. Its comes with its own little travel pouch, a soft fake leather number. And apparently is just about the best shaver that the old guys ever had, no, no in fact, IT IS the best shaver that he’s ever had. I asked him if
he had any gripes, he said No. Maybe? I nearly fell off my chair in surprise. OK the bi monthly cleaning thing wasn’t a great selling point but that one little gripe is by far taken over by the good points when it comes to this little baby (yeah, well after an hour and a half talking about it, and then a further hour or so typing it up, I’ve become attached OK?) “So Dad”, I said at the end of a long and extremely boring 90 minutes, “You haven’t told me the most important thing yet”, “What’s that love?” he said “What colour is it?” I said ……………………………̷ 0;.. He didn’t laugh, come to think about it, you probably didn’t either, but its late, and I’ve had enough about talking and typing about shavers!!!! Anyway, if you are hard guy to please when it comes to keeping the 5 o’clock shadow at bay, my father suggests you use this shaver. Apparently you won’t be disappointed!! Oh, and it’s a ‘greeny navyery’ type shade…………..(If its any help??)