Barbershop Prep Temperature?

file0001981163802sBobby asks:

“I use the hottest water from my tap onto my washcloth, ring it out a little, then put on my face/neck, but the warmth dissipates quickly and barely lasts for 30 seconds. So I repeat 2 more times. How do you get yours to last 3 minutes?”

From a performance standpoint it is OK for the warmth to dissipate. If you prefer a more luxurious experience then yes, repeat warming the washcloth. Hope that helps!


How To Shave Someone Else?

Taking Care

This morning my wife (an Occupational Therapist by trade) suggested an idea for a shaving video that I thought was really good: how to shave someone else.  Specifically, how to shave a family member who might be too old or disabled to shave themselves.  Sharpologist has had a similar post about this but it was more about the family connection.  This would be a video more about the “mechanics” of such a shave.

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Taking Benjamin Franklin's Advice: Shaving With Cold Water

Cold Water Shaving

I know what you’re thinking. Shave with cold water? WTF? Yes, cold water. It sounds extremely uncomfortable, but it isn’t. This particular method of shaving dates back to the Victorian Era, when getting hot water was a chore. Benjamin Franklin once wrote that: “The act of shaving with cold water is much easier; it allows the whiskers to be stiff; the razor to slice the hair; and obtaining hot water much less of a bother.” [Read more…]

The Distilled-Water Shave

Water, Water Everywhere…?

Actually, a better name would be “The limited-water shave”: how to shave when you have only a small amount of heated water—as when camping, for example. But the most common use of this shaving technique is for shaving when the tap water is insufferably hard and thus cannot produce good lather from a soap because the minerals in the water immediately bond to the dissolved soap, forming a sticky scum that clings to bathtub, shower walls, sink, and your skin.

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