Shaving in the shower carries many benefits, not the least of which is the fact that you’ll save yourself the job of cleaning up a dirty sink. In addition, the hot water and steam from the shower will open up your pores and soften your beard to make shaving easier. This is one of the reasons why professional barbers often apply hot steam towels to your face and neck before they perform a straight razor shave. While a hot steam towel is definitely helpful, once the towel is taken off, the sudden temperature change can cause your skin to tighten, which may make achieving a clean shave a little more difficult. Unlike a traditional shave, the shower offers a consistent temperature and moisture level that is conducive for shaving.
So how do you achieve a clean shave in the shower? Below is a practical guide you can use to rock an awesome shower shaving session.
Tools You’ll Need To Shave in the Shower
1. Corner-ready shower rack
You can pick one of these up at any retailer, or if you’re feeling the handyman vibe, you can make one yourself. Just be sure that the unit has several shelves and baskets for maximum storage capability.
2. Fogless Shower Mirror
This special mirror is guaranteed not to fog and will give you a great view of the finer details of your facial hair situation.
3. Other tools
Brushes, soap, scuttle, mug, and any other shaving tools that you deem necessary.
4. A small tube of non-gel toothpaste
Why, you ask? If you have a standard mirror – it will fog up. It turns out that you can polish this mirror by coating it with a small amount of non-gel toothpaste and then wiping it off right before getting in the shower. This will actually keep your mirror from fogging once the hot water starts flowing.
If you have a fogless mirror, you are permitted to skip this step!
Some Tips to Remember
- It’s always best to wait until the end of your shower to shave, because you will have given your skin and beard ample time to soften up.
- Ditch the razors that have egregious amounts of blades; basically anything over three blades is not necessary for a wet shave. For the most part, razors containing four, five or even six blades only add more friction, which in turn means more potential irritation to your skin.
- If you’re working with a raggedy, old, partially-dull razor, toss that bad boy out and get a new one that’s fresh and sharp. Old razors will tug at your hair and agitate your follicles, which can lead to ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
- The best place to mount your shaving mirror is on the wall that is opposite to the shower head.
The Procedure: 7 Step Process
1. As soon as the water is nice and warm, go ahead and fill your scuttle. Also put your brush and shaving soap in your mug.
2. Some guys shampoo and condition their beard every day, while others do it every other day. If you happen to be shampooing on this particular day, leave the conditioner in during your shave; this will help soften your facial hair even more.
3. At this point, turn the water down to a small trickle (a conservation move) and dump the water out of your scuttle and mug. Squeeze out your brush (not too hard) and load it up with soap. Start lathering up the soap using the scuttle.
4. Use your shaving mirror to apply the nice sudsy lather to your face. Once you’re all lathered up, return the scuttle to the shower rack. Thoroughly wet your razor. You’re now ready to begin shaving.
5. Using the mirror, shave in the same direction that your hair naturally grows. You can shave “against the grain” if you choose, but if you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne outbreaks, you might want to rethink that approach. Use only as much pressure as you need to use to get the job done. Many times, too much pressure (or too many strokes) can cause irritation that can lead to razor burn or razor bumps.
6. Once you have finished shaving, turn the water back up to a higher level of pressure and thoroughly rinse out your razor, scuttle, brush and mug. Stand under that water and let it wash all of the conditioner and stray hairs away.
7. You are officially done! Just think: You won’t have to worry about cleaning up afterwards, because it’s already been taken care of during the shaving process.
Simple as that.