How To Shave In The Shower (If There’s No Other Option)
Shaving is an integral part of a man’s grooming routine. However time too is precious and no one can afford to be late for work and appointments. So sometimes, a man may have no other option than to shave in the shower to make ends meet, and be on time for all this commitments.
There is no ‘fixed’ or ideal routine to follow while shaving in the shower. It’s just that there could be different and better ways to do it, which we plan to show you through this article. And of course any woman will agree that shaving in the shower does save time.
First, a disclaimer…
Now if you have been following our blog, our supporting shaving in the shower actually goes against our principles. This is a half-hearted joke from our part as our blog is indeed all about the traditions associated with shaving and the pleasures you should actually derive from the simple act of everyday shaving.
We actually consider and propagate that shaving is more of a hobby, than an everyday chore, which is why we enjoy spending time on it and not shaving in a hurry. And while we do agree that it’s chic to shave in the shower, it’s not actually what we support because it does not bring out the best in your shave.
This is why we don’t actually advice or support shaving in the shower everyday or every time. It’s okay doing it once in a while, when you have no other option. however if you are restricted by your time table and have to shave in the shower most days of the week, we suggest you at least set aside a few days of the week to give yourself a proper shave. This is something you and your facial hair deserve!
Same shaving rules applies
When you shave in the shower, it’s only the environment that changes and not the shaving technique. You just need to use the right tools and techniques that sure the best results without making you late for your important presentations and appointments.
As you know by now, the best time to shave is after a shower as this is when the pores are open and you have soft stubble. The only difference here is that instead of shaving after your shower, you are now shaving while you take a shower.
So instead of just steaming and wetting your face before you start shaving, when you take a shower, your skin pores automatically open up with the heat of the water. So in other words, to learn how to shave in the shower, you just have to take your shower as you always do. You will then be considered ready to start shaving.
This means that you can still use the face scrub for skin exfoliation and do it while showering. It’s also in a way cleaner for you if you opt to wash your face while showering. This way you don’t end up leaving a mess like you usually do all over the sink as you splash water onto your face.
You anyway need water to wet and wash off any soap or cream you use. Water is the basis of your wet shave, and you have lots of water in the shower. So you can safely wet your shave soap in the shower just like you do at the sink without any problems. Remember that just because you are shaving in the shower doesn’t mean that you should use regular soap for shaving! Shaving cream or soap is a must for shaving.
Shower mirror and perhaps a shelf
You may know by now that whenever you get out of a shower, your mirror ends up all fogged up. It’s a natural phenomenon, and all due to water condensation, and something unavoidable. So if you plan to shave in the shower, the first thing that you require is a good shower mirror that doesn’t end up foggy while you shower.
You have to look around as there are such fog-free mirrors available. Without a mirror, you won’t be able to shave properly and will probably end up giving yourself a few unnecessary nicks and cuts. A fog-free is in fact the only and main piece of equipment you need if you are contending shaving in the shower.
As a suggestion, you have the ZandroZ Fogless LED Lighted Fog Free Mirror that costs less than $35, and is a necessity. It has built-in LED lights which ensure you can properly see your face while shaving. It’s virtually impossible attempting a clean shave with a foggy mirror- you can ask anyone if you want!
While buying a mirror, buy one that comes with a small shelf or caddy to use for holding your razor. And if small are not enough and you need additional space, look for a mirror with a caddy that will be able to hold all your shaving supplies.
And if possible, it’s a good idea to install a separate shelf in the shower where you can safely store all the more expensive and better products, without the risk of shower water reaching it. You can easily buy a plastic caddy with suction cups for less than fifteen dollars and fix it in a corner of the shower. Of course, if you can afford it, there are also fancy brass shelves costing a few hundred dollars. It’s up to you to choose and buy one based on your budget.
Alum or some glycerin
The biggest risk of shaving in the shower is the fact that everything is wet and slippery. You never know when you may drop the soap, and one thing you never want to do is end up dropping the razor while shaving! This is best avoided by getting a good grip on your face, which you can do by keeping your skin taught as you shave.
However you may find this to be a little difficult to do while shaving in the shower. The remedy for this problem is found in glycerin or alum. Your fingertips become really sticky upon applying either glycerin or alum to them. In fact, if you have never used alum while shaving before, you should really try it out.
Get a handle on a proper razor
As mentioned earlier, everything gets wet and slippery in the shower. And you don’t want to risk accidentally dropping your favorite razor while shaving. You needn’t use duct-tape to tape the razor to your hand. Instead, you should look around for a rubber handle you can attach to your safety razor.
The rubber handle gives you a good grip that prevents any slippage, and any accidental shaving nicks on your face or any other part of the body. You can get a handle from Edwin Jagger for about forty dollars which is quite effective in giving you a good grip on the razor.
However if you don’t like the feel of rubber much, but you do want a safe grip on your razor, then you should look around for a razor with a texture handle. There’s one from Fendrihan that costs less than fifty dollars, is made of stainless steel and offers a textured grip.
Talking about stainless steel, it’s okay if your razor is made of it. If it isn’t, then you have to properly dry it off after use, especially if it can get rusty. All you have to do is give the razor a good shake and then store it in a safe, dry place where there’s no risk of condensation rusting your razor.
Now that you know how to shave in the shower, remember it’s practically following the same shaving rules. This rules help save time, is less messy, all while giving you a good, clean shave. There’s no need to refurbish your bathroom, or buy new shaving equipment just because you want to shave in the shower.
Just stick to the basic essentials like finding a suitable mirror, and making provisions for easy access to your shaving equipment. With this taken care of, you will be able to shave in the shower and still be able to leave home and reach your appointments on time.