Hot towel tips?

#21
Johnus said:
How does this work at home. Procedural question. You heat up the towel; wrap it on to your face; But what do you do while it's there softening your beard. In the barber shop you sit there in the chair. At home Do you just Stand there in the Bathroom doing nothing??
Hi fellow Yankee Doodler,

Well, I stand at the sink with the towel on my face, thinking about petting bunnies. They are so soft and fluffy.

I figured everyone did the same thing.
 
#22
Canuck said:
Not a massive subject I know but it's one that I've not yet seen discussed on TSR so it might be worth a natter about.

How many people use a hot towel?
Daily or once in a while?
Microwave or tap? Or stove?
Do you notice a huge difference in the shave?
Any tips?

I use one only once in a while to be honest, I do find it makes a little difference in the speed of prep (it's quicker to soften hair) but that's about it. If I have more time I just have a long shower.
My tap water is pretty hot so I just run it under that and be done.

The only tip I can offer is that I find that bar towels (Those that catch the drips in the pub) are an ideal size... not too big. Fold them once lengthways and wrap against chin. Once done, hang it on the towel rail and the whole thing is dry by evening. I've often wondered what sort (and size) of towels other men use.
This has always been part of my daily ritual:
* Shower.
* Fitjar black soap.
* Castle Forbes pre-shave, sometimes Truefitt & Hill Coral Skin Food.
* Always use, Irish 100% pure HuckaBack linen shaving towels. Size: 51cm x 36cm
soaked in very hot water, leave for 3 min's.

Note: after shaving use the towel too clean the sink surface up.

Charles U.K
 
#23
dodgy said:
Johnus said:
How does this work at home. Procedural question. You heat up the towel; wrap it on to your face; But what do you do while it's there softening your beard. In the barber shop you sit there in the chair. At home Do you just Stand there in the Bathroom doing nothing??
Hi fellow Yankee Doodler,

Well, I stand at the sink with the towel on my face, thinking about petting bunnies. They are so soft and fluffy.

I figured everyone did the same thing.
Wow someone else; I thought i was unique and special with the bunny thing!

I always use a hot flannel held until it begins to cool (x3). If I don't I always end up sore on my neck.
.
 
#24
RE: Hot towel tips?

I'm very new to DE shaving (2 shaves in) but I do use a hot towel, I didn't while using disposables however. I find a warm rinse then a hot towel then another warm rinse gets my face properly prepared, just using my hands and water doesn't feel like I get a properly moistened and warmed face.
 
#26
RE: Hot towel tips?

antdad said:
I 'm a bit hooked on Vicks atm, smear a bit on the hot towel for that menthol blast.
Jeeez Tony, don't be putting images like that in my head,

Isn't the main ingredient camphor? You actually huff that stuff eh? We are talking about Vapo Rub here....right?

Because I like you, here's an actual warning from Wikipedia about Vicks being safe or not. Makes you think, since ferrets are so close to humans in every way. I hope this doesn't make you ascairt. Hey, maybe that's what's causing the wheezing during your shaves!!!!

Here's the quote: Vicks VapoRub creates labored breathing in ferrets because it stimulates mucus production and airway inflammation, which can have severe effects on the breathing because of the small size of their airways.[2]
 
#29
Wish I could use a hot towel and have a hot, steamy shave but with my girly sensitive skin I only dare cold shave at the moment. Cold wash, cold lather and cold rinse. I don't like cold water but the resultant shave for me is excellent. Over time will my skin toughen up? Wouldn't mind but I'm nudging 50!
 
#30
RE: Hot towel tips?

First go at this (got the idea from a thread on the site that remains nameless!):

Brief warm water rinse
Face lathered T&H 1805
Rubbed lather in for 2 minutes with fingertips
Damp hot towel covering the entire shave area for 3 minutes. Towel got lukewarm after a couple of minutes, so I re-warmed it & rung it out again
Wiped off excess lather
Re-lathered & did WTG/XTG/ATG passes using DE89 + Personna Platinum Chrome
Alum
Shower
Proraso splash & Proraso AS lotion

I have to say, the results are excellent. A very even, close, near BBS everywhere. Just as good if not better than usual. It did add at least another 5 minutes on to my usual method, but even so, very encouraging.
 
#33
I am personally of the belief that if you cannot take a hot shower first and only have time to shave at the sink then that is the perfect moment for a pre-shave cream such as made by Proraso or 3P or perhaps some pre-shave oil. I have tried the wet towel/washcloth technique sans shower and for my tough wiry beard it just took too damn long to get good results. As a note, this is the only time I feel a pre-shave cream/oil treatment is necessary. YMMV.
 
#34
I'm new here, but can I make a little suggestion - something that I tried the other day and it worked wonders.

The issue I had with a hot wet towel is that it would lose it's heat very quickly as the water evaporated. So I took a flexible wine cooler sleeve and instead of freezing it, heated it in hot water. I figured the gel inside must be designed to hold its temperature somewhat, so surely should work the other way too. I wrapped a hot, somewhat damp (but not wet) towel around it and moulded that over my face and it worked wonders. Kept the towel nice and hot and moist for several minutes while I sat back in a little slice of nirvana.

You could also substitute the wine cooler for 2 or 3 of those gel ice packs I suppose.

Anyway, just a little idea that worked for me :)
 
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