“It’s not a product. It’s not a shaver. It’s a whole new category.”
— The Philips Oneblade marketing material
There’s a pretty universal truth when it comes to Black men and grooming—we can’t shave our faces with just anything.
I mean, I learned to shave like most dudes—my Dad got me disposable razors in my early preteen years, showing me how to carefully drag the blade across my skin, pulling taut now and then to make sure I got everything in even the trickiest of spots.
But you know what happens when you cut tight curls with a cheap razor and let it grow back?
The curse of Black men everywhere, it often feels like you can’t shave your face without avoiding razor bumps. I know gents who hit the barber shop weekly for a line up and a shave, but not everyone has the luxury of time or the dollars to do that 52 times a year. In my case, I got a barber-grade Andis T-Outliner that’s been a dream to work with… but as a wired unit, what’re you supposed to do when an outlet isn’t handy?
If you ask Philips, they’d give you an answer—the Philips OneBlade!
Looking at the Philips OneBlade — Should You Bother Putting Your Skin in the Game? (LITERALLY?)
I was leery when approached to test the OneBlade—it took a long time to find a razor that wouldn’t mess my face up, and I wasn’t anxious to break that routine, #BloggerLife or no.
But it held promise—the Philips OneBlade says it’s “the biggest leap forward in facial hair maintenance since razors were invented,” and maybe there’s some weight to that claim!
No larger than your modern disposable razor, Philips packed in several features to the OneBlade that set it apart from the standard offerings:
- protected blades that last up to 6 months and cut 200 times per second for a clean, precise shave
- a unique design that lets the OneBlade cut both wet and dry hair without clogging, pulling or nicking
- attachment heads in three different sizes so you can shave or trim to varying lengths as desired, and
- a built-in rechargeable battery so you can sharpen your image at even a moment’s notice!
With the starter system retailing for $44.99 CAD and replacement blades at $19.99 CAD for one or $34.99 CAD for two, it’s cost-effective, convenient, and a new way to come correct with your face game!
The Philips OneBlade — The Shave Many of Us Have Been Looking For.
Was it perfect for Black hair? Not entirely—I did find myself with some razor bumps after using the OneBlade, but it could’ve just as likely been from the exfoliating beforehand or the aftershave I never used after.
In any case, it’s an excellent little tool—so awesome that I’d love you to have one, too! One lucky Canadian will win a Philips OneBlade starter kit, and it could be you! Just enter via the Gleam widget below—doesn’t take much to enter, but as always there’re plenty of additional options if you’re looking for extra entries! (Contest open to Canadians aged 18+ living outside of Quebec. Contest runs until October 12th, 2016 @ 11:59 PM ET.)
Philips OneBlade Giveaway!
So yeah—the best way to get your razor game on fleek might not even involve razors; the Philips OneBlade will give the look you want at a fraction of the time and cost of other options.
My parents always stressed that a man should look his best when he goes out into the world, and while it’s tough to keep it up with two rugrats scampering around, I’m glad there’re tools like these to make it all a little easier.
Happy grooming, and until the next,
Disclaimer: I was indeed sent a Philips OneBlade to review for this post, and no lie—I was surprised at what it could do! I’m not quite ready to give up my trusty Andis, but I’ll definitely agree that the OneBlade is way more convenient to carry around!
Good luck to everyone who enters!