@baqui63 Been shaving in the shower for decades now. I figured if blind men could shave without a mirror, so could I. I mean it’s my face, my head, and I can feel what needs to be scraped and what to leave alone.
So I still have eyebrows and a nose, mostly. And best of all, no more soap in the ears, when done.
And I love the warmth on the back while shaving, which doesn’t take all that long really.
Shaving is one of those very personal subjects that many love to talk about. With the advent of super sharp, multi-blade, replaceable head, razors and most of all shaving gels, which lubricate and soften unlike shaving soaps of yore, shaving in the shower is the best of all worlds. You get the beard wet and softened much, much better than one can do standing at a sink. There is less mess to contend with when the job is both on-going and done.
@baqui63@Jackinga I shave after showering with one of my collection of new and antique double edged safety razors. I have several excellent soaps (Pre de Provence No. 63 and some hand made craft soaps) as well as some nice lotions that make for a very smooth glide. With soap, having a good brush makes a big difference. I have a quality English made full badger brush. In addition I have a couple kinds of shave oil that I use only occasionally. I have a large assortment of blades but my favorite is Gillette Silver Blue. All of this sounds like a lot of bother but honestly, it has brought the fun back into shaving for me. I love checking antique stores for razors. I hope to find a good quality Rolls Razor someday for a fair price.
@baqui63@Jackinga@tweezak when I used to shave. It’s been a few years. It would be with a merkur DE razor, feather blades, a ~$25 badger brush, and Taylor of old bond street. Sort of decent stuff that was satisfying. Take your time and enjoy the ritual. Mirror optional.
@baqui63@Jackinga I shave in the shower, without a mirror. (I can’t even imagine what I would need or use a mirror for.)
I also tie a tie without a mirror, though I will sometimes straighten it up at the end using a mirror for a few seconds.
I do use a mirror for the second half of combing my hair. (1st half is getting it all straight-ish and mostly in the right direction; 2nd half is creating the part and making sure there aren’t egregious directional violations)
@zinimusprime Same. That’s why I shower first thing after getting up in the morning. Otherwise, I’ll keep putting it off throughout the day and I hate showering last thing and going to bed with wet hair.
If I’m mostly asleep, autopilot gets me through pretty quickly.
If I’m fairly awake, I second-guess myself a lot and end up repeating a lot of the steps unless I feel confident that I really, actually, for real just did them (and not just think about doing them). That can end up a lot longer.
If I’m completely awake, and I’m trying to be quick, it’s as fast as when I’m mostly asleep.
@unksol Well, there’s the general rinsing off (and enjoying the warmth of the water). That one’s basically impossible to miss (unless the kids have recently used up all the hot water).
But there’s also washing the hair with shampoo and washing the body with soap. Those are distinct steps, at least for me. (one could even say that washing different areas of the body are different steps, since they involve separate doses of soap)
I’ve never stepped back into the shower because I couldn’t remember if I’d done that yet — that would be a lot more concerning (for one thing, being wet or holding a wet towel are both good signs of having finished a shower). But I have many times shampooed an extra time “just to be sure.” And I probably over-soap some part of me at least a quarter of the time, because it’s easier than trying to remember if I already washed that area.
@unksol Oh, I always soap and shampoo. (I don’t have any situations where just rinsing makes much sense, though I recognize they exist.) But I always intend for it to be just once.
The problem (if it’s a problem) is that sometimes I can’t remember if I’ve already done it. Except for rare cases, I don’t really need to wash twice.
@unksol Conversely, in my family, the watchword was that if you didn’t use a washcloth or something equivalent, you weren’t actually getting clean. And considering the way that I sometimes have to scrub an area twice before dead skin stops sloughing off, I think we had the right of it.
The shower is my coffee. Sometimes I’ll be in there awhile. My family says I get lost in the shower. I’ve been better about time since I put a clock in the bathroom that I can see at all times while showering.
all of the above? showering is really annoying so I put it off until it’s more uncomfortable to not shower (or like if I have to leave the house to interact with other people and don’t want them to think I’m a gross goblin)
I try to shower as quickly as possible but it always ends up taking a long time