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    Hi guys and gals

    This morning, I read a thread mentioning shaving the back of the head by feel. It's not the first time I've read about this and I'm really wondering what keeps those who do it from using a second mirror to see what they're doing back there. I just think I'd end going over the same bits of head a lot trying not to miss anything. Do you feel the hair before every pass?

    For the back of my head, I've always handheld a second mirror. I can't imagine any other way for me to do it, especially now that I'm using a straight edge to do the job. (I'll admit that having to put the mirror down to rince the razor is a bit of an annoyance.)

    I look forward to your answers.

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    I've always shaved on feel for the back of my head. Even when I used cartridge style. For me the trick with a straight is to know the feel of the correct angle. Yes I tend to have more touch ups in the back but not much. You can't really feel the hair as it is covered in soap. But I've learned a method that works for me. Just takes practice. An yes my reasoning for doing it was because a second mirror that's handheld is a pain.
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    I see. I can understand that.

    I actually find it pretty impressive that you go back there without seeing the blade.

    Thanks for the reply!

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    I've been shaving by feel on one side of my face for over 20 years ,mi lost my left eye then , and I just do it by feel on that side , meant really see much of my face over there unless I'm staring straight at the mirror , but when you turn it goes away so I learned to do it by feel ,, you get used to it like Rollincoal said. Tc
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    Though it takes getting used to. For me in the beginning, I found it easier to shave the back of my head without looking than to use a mirror. It just felt like I was combing what used to be there. The old muscle memory thing and all. I rarely get any cuts. But I will say I do use a mirror because sometimes I can easily miss a spot if I am not careful, especially close to behind the ears.
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    Whatever works for you. I like to have both hands free: one for stretching, one holding the straight (obviously!). I suppose you could rig up a second mirror but it's a lot of what my grandmother used to call "farting around" when, with a little bit of training and practice, you can just do it by feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Whatever works for you. I like to have both hands free: one for stretching, one holding the straight (obviously!). I suppose you could rig up a second mirror but it's a lot of what my grandmother used to call "farting around" when, with a little bit of training and practice, you can just do it by feel.

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    Sounds like you had a cool grandmother!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Whatever works for you. I like to have both hands free: one for stretching, one holding the straight (obviously!). I suppose you could rig up a second mirror but it's a lot of what my grandmother used to call "farting around" when, with a little bit of training and practice, you can just do it by feel.

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    If in a pinch I use my thumb and forefinger on my weaker hand stretched out over the back of my neck to create a barrier, use the same fingers to gauge where I need to go over again.

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    I found using a mirror confusing. Messes with your mind. Kinda like steering to the right and going left. I shave the back of my head by feel also. So I'm inpressed that you can use a second mirror!
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