Shave Stories - Marc Levi

Some men really dislike shaving. Hard to imagine when you have the right equipment, but it’s the a chore to many, and something that gets very little thought.. Perhaps it’s time for a mindset shift when it comes to our facial hair, something that Shave Union member Marc Levi is all for. From boardrooms to breaking away from the everyday, us men have various scenarios to ‘be men’ in, and that is something a variety of facial hair features are a part of.

TSU: How did it all begin for you shaving wise?

Marc: In the latter years of high school it was about trying to promote growth, so my friends and I started shaving before we really needed to. It was a sign of maturity, and there was certainly some hair envy among the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ back in those days.

TSU: Were you ever particular about your equipment/products used?

Marc: Definitely. You had to go heavy on the brand names and quality. We were all so petrified of getting spots or blemishes on the faces back then so it was all about shaving right with the right stuff. Then it does become more about status, I mean I would never go the disposable razor route. It was important in early adult life that if I girl had to ever enter your en-suite bathroom, that you had a quality razor by the sink. Even if it was past its prime, you had to represent!

TSU: Would you say shaving was a big part of starting professional life, and a daily ritual that quickly became the norm.

Marc: Completely. In the beginning starting out, I wanted to look professional, dress accordingly, not draw too much attention to myself and just get stuck in. So even though I didn't necessarily need to shave, it became a ritual.

TSU: Has that changed over the years? If so, how so?

Marc: Initially I was always weary of people who looked a little different in a professional and social sense. But I’ve come to learn that we have the chance to really be individuals nowadays as shaving isn’t a daily chore anymore, but can rather be something to create a look. Nothing beats that clean cut shaven look, but beards are becoming something that is more common place, and that’s also cool.

TSU: How would you describe your beard history?

Marc: At the end of last year I had a good thing going. It was something I had never done before, but I’m glad I did. But then the times comes to chop it off, and for that you certainly need to know what you are doing shave wise, and getting back to the manly blank canvass was when I rediscovered my appreciation for a good razor.

TSU: Did your wife prefer you with or without a beard?

Marc: Hmm, tough one. I think ultimately she preferred it when I was full beard, but the initial bristly stages weren’t great. I think a lot of good beards don’t get to realize their full potential because of this phase, but we both pushed on through and it was worth it in the end.

TSU: Do you think beard variants like goatees or defined sideburns are still a thing, or did that die out at the turn of the century?

Marc: I’m still all for it. When you think about it, guys don’t have a great many ways of expressing themselves compared to women. Like we don’t do the excessive jewelry thing, our hair isn’t a big thing as many guys lose a lot on top as they get older, which leaves us with nice watches perhaps. So whether it’s a goatee or a little extra length on the sideburns, it’s cool, and I think this is why Movember has been such a big success worldwide as guys have a lot of fun with that.

TSU: Man to man gifting can be a bit of a tough thing, especially when trying to buy something affordable yet premium in nature? Would you say a good quality razor is a good option here?

Marc: I think it’s a great idea. A good razor is a personal item for a guy, so when you combine something of a personal nature that is also of a high quality, you really are giving something of value. It was a go-to gift idea for me over the past festive season, and with the time it saved me, it will be one again in the future for sure.