For most of my adult life I have almost never been without at least a five o’clock shadow. Without the darker hue that it brings, my face is transported back 15 years to what looks like a geeky teenager, so I have always kept at least a 2mm growth, kept extremely neat and tidy. However, in order to maintain this groomed look, a lot of time and patience is required, and what I have found is that few grooming products and tools are really designed specifically for high-level maintenance allowing for a bit of creativity, at least until now, thanks to the Gillette ProGlider Styler.
The Gillette ProGlider Styler is a perfect mix of tech-gadget and grooming tool. It combines the three tools that I always need; a razor that shaves incredibly close, an edging blade that assists in the precision crafting of lines, and a power trimmer that maintains an even length. Its brilliant to finally have all of these in one! Why did nobody think of this sooner?
So lets break it down. As a razor, the ProGlider is what you have come to expect from Gillette’s razor blade technology. It shaves incredibly close, but more than any other Gillette product before it, the comfort of the glide is brilliant. The first time I used it I had to check to see if it had actually shaved anything. The glide was so smooth that I thought I may have left a protective covering over it. Without a doubt, it is the closest shave I have ever had from a standard consumer razor – the only shave closer is probably a barber’s hot towel shave, but even then, the ProGlider shave is far smoother, more comfortable and does not leave the skin feeling scrapped or sore. It possible has something to do with the ProGlide clear shaving gel.
As a trimmer, it also works extremely well. The base cover of the handle is great for keeping a firm grip without it slipping out of your hand, or being too large to maneuver. What I found though is that the blade length is smaller than what I usually use, and so a full trim takes a little longer, and requires a little more attention. But perhaps this is not a bad thing, as with a little more patience I am able to achieve a far sleeker look and precision cut. The trimmer also comes with three trimmer covers, allowing for the tool to provide 5 different lengths in total. Use the edging blade to finish off the look, getting rid of stray hairs, and ensure the corners are at a perfect 90 degree angle.
But the ProGlider Styler is more than a facial hair tool. I visit to the Gillette facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/GilletteSA ) yielded a surprising find – a video guide to groin styling. Apparently 48% of women like a trimmed groin and a further 21% like a totally smooth basement package (leaving just under a 3rd of women favouring a full bush). The video takes you through each step of grooming your groin area, although I am not sure I would ever consider using the edging blade downstairs. And the video did point out a great point – its fully usable in the shower!
The Verdict. All in all a damn fine product, and one that I will be happy to trade my razor in for. But be warned that while this three in one may only cost around R189 (not bad at all considering what you are getting), it is battery operated, so prepared to pay a little more on batteries. Also, the blades are also on the pricey side, with a 2-set costing around R136, the 4-set priced around R250 and the 8-set requiring an investment of R400. If these costs don’t put you off, then welcome to the Gillette ProGlider Styler club. I’ve been a happy convert for 3 weeks now, and I don’t see myself giving up my morning grooming gadget anytime soon.
Is it the best a man can get? Well, definitely within the top percentile.