Shaving 101 — A Primer on Shower Shaving
Yes, there is a gap between shaving in the shower and shaving immediately upon departing the showertime and colder atmosphere (particularly in the winter).
The first requirement for shower shaving is a shower large enough to shave . While its possible to successfully shave in a narrow stall shower it is not really that easy. So for this column I am going to suppose that the shower in question is a tub shower or a booth big enough that there is a space where you could stand where the water only hits your back AND you’re not plastered against the shower wall/door.
Mine is mounted on the wall opposite the shower head. I don’t depart the mirror onto the hook between pops, out of fear that the suction cup will fail and I will have broken mirror. As for counter space” there are lots of possibilities. Only Google (or search Amazon or visit a Bed Bath and Beyond) for shower shelf options. There are free standing units, shelves which hang from the shower head and shelves that suction themselves to tile walls, to mention a couple.
Now, simply enjoy your usual shower – and do not forget to wash behind your ears! When You’ve soaped up or shampooed all of the body parts that you planned to, it is time to return to your
Besides shower property, you’re going to need a mirror (optional to the really brave) and the shower equivalent of counter area.
I maintain a wood lathering bowl, a covered shave soap container, and a shave cream jar (I superlather! ) ) On the top shelf of a free standing shower shelf unit (stall shower, not a bathtub) in the front end of the shower. I maintain my razor and brush at a stand on a shelf below the shower head together with a mug for bleach my brush.
At the beginning of my shower I do two tasks. Water and put my brush in it to soak up water. Secondly, I maintain the mirror under the water for 5-10 minutes; half to front and half to the trunk. The producer’s fog-free claim is really just wishful thinking. Shower mirrors fog up because of temperature differentials: cold mirror, hot air. This assists in warming the mirror up. One may also periodically apply commercial products like Rain-X or toothpaste to a mirror if you wish – that I do not bother. Towel dry, apply your aftershave balm of selection and deodorant (never an antiperspirant!) , and exit the shower convinced no one is going to yell at you for not cleaning out the batter and soap ring from the sink, or even a moist bathroom floor from cluttered post-shave rinsing.
Together with your lathering jar and brush from the water stream, you should enjoy your one, two or 3 pass shave. Blade rinsing involves nothing more than holding the razor over my shoulder for a second or two.
Post-shave cleanup should be a cinch. Before cleaning up, I wash my face. Sadly, this is a hot water rinse, unlike the standard pore-closing cold water rinse you’d like at the sink. I still keep a bottle of witch hazel on a plate along with the shampoo collection. It is a quick task to give the razor a last rinse, run the brush under the shower and provide a vigorous shake or two, place the mirror off, and finally rinse out the lathering bowl. After all is put away, I wash my face (again) along with my bar soap and switch off the water.
Now, things should go pretty much as they would if you were standing in your sink, just you’re at a steam filled shower using a stream of warm water hitting and running down your back. The mirror is mounted on the wall opposite the shower head – remember?
shave. Grab that mirror and spend another 5-10 seconds running warm water on both sides. Pretend you are going to go SCUBA diving and spit onto the mirror surface, rinse and hang on its own hook.
Some lathers, after construction, are more watery than many others. Given all the moisture, water and warm steam, I urge firmer instead of softer creams/soaps. Since you’re efficiently shaving in a sauna, you’ll require a lather that hasn’t dissolved by the time you’re ready for your second or third pass.
Though your mileage will vary, hopefully, you’ll have enjoyed a moist, irritation and nick/weeper totally shave.
Grab your brush, give it a good shake and begin doing anything you do to construct lather, maintaining your brush and lathering bowl out of the water flow. I put a squirt of shave lotion in the lathering bowl, load my brush with some shaving cream, begin building my lather in the bowl and then complete building the lather via face lathering. I enjoy a very vigorous face lathering – no cleanup from flying lather! Singing snippets out of Sweeney Todd helps…