01-10-2015, 11:36 AM
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I am 4-5 months into my wet shaving experience and enjoying it very much! In attempting to improve my techniques and experience I would like to know what towels you use and how you use them. Also for what, aside from general clean up.


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 01-10-2015, 01:13 PM
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For my pre-shave prep I use a face (towelling) cloth. I soak it in hot water (as hot as I can stand) and hold the soaked cloth against my face until it begins to just cool. I do this three or four times. Then, I lather-up and hold the hot face cloth on my lathered face and then re-lather for the shave itself. My whiskers are then soft enough for a good shave. I do this prep routine whether I've had a shower beforehand or not.

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 01-10-2015, 01:28 PM
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Hmm.....I have no idea what towels I use. I've had them for a long time. They're just white, rough towels.

I use them to dry myself off after a shower. Biggrin You know: pat, pat, rub, rub ---- dry!

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 01-10-2015, 03:45 PM
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  • SRNewb
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  • No. Va, USA
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Whatever's clean and handy, usually a washcloth. I use it to clean my face between passes and after the shave.

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 01-10-2015, 04:13 PM
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I do not use a towel ( hot towel) before my shave, so basically just a hand towel to dry my face and for a few strops of my brush before setting it to dry when done shaving.

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 01-10-2015, 04:35 PM
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  • Hanzo
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  • Oakland, California
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Yep the Terry cloth towels are what barbers/shavers use for the hot towel treatment.

Link below is to barber towels used for clean up, lather wiper, etc. etc.

http://www.appletonbarbersupply.com/stor...sp?id=1392

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 01-10-2015, 05:03 PM
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  • tave
  • Mr whiskers
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I cw shave and don't use towels. I use cold water soaked face cloths for prep, between passes and clean-up. Good beard removal and no irritation.

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 01-10-2015, 06:41 PM
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Regular towel to dry my hands throughout my shave and my face after my shave. Biggrin

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 01-10-2015, 06:50 PM
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I have a couple of cheap hand towels I use when I shave. One stays on the edge of the sink. At 5 in the morn I tend to lean on the sink so this helps catch any water that might soak me from the waste down. I also use it to wipe everything off when done.

My other towel I soak it in hot water and hold to my face for a few. When all is said and done I rinse and wipe face with a normal towel.

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 01-10-2015, 07:18 PM
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  • kav
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Long staple, Egyptian cotton, white. Shaving is my beachhead to a more gentile lifestyle hampered by the vulgarity of money.I will not compromise in it's practice; no blends,synthetics,mechanic's 12 pack shop towels.

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 01-10-2015, 07:27 PM
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  • sch1989
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I keep a drawer full of white wash cloths so i can bleach them when I get blood on them


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 01-10-2015, 07:31 PM
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(01-10-2015, 06:50 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote: I have a couple of cheap hand towels I use when I shave. One stays on the edge of the sink. At 5 in the morn I tend to lean on the sink so this helps catch any water that might soak me from the waste down. I also use it to wipe everything off when done.

My other towel I soak it in hot water and hold to my face for a few. When all is said and done I rinse and wipe face with a normal towel.
+1 exactly. drip drip drip if no towel

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 01-10-2015, 07:51 PM
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  • KRpdx
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  • Portland, OR
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Some swear by a very hot pre-shave towel for 2-3 minutes, so I bought a 100% cotton terry hand towel a few months ago. Then I thought, That sounds more abusive than a healthy thing to do to my skin. Guess I'd like a dermatologist's opinion before it becomes a part of my regimen.

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 01-10-2015, 07:57 PM
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(01-10-2015, 07:51 PM)KRpdx Wrote: Some swear by a very hot pre-shave towel for 2-3 minutes, so I bought a 100% cotton terry hand towel a few months ago. Then I thought, That sounds more abusive than a healthy thing to do to my skin. Guess I'd like a dermatologist's opinion before it becomes a part of my regimen.
Men and Barbershops have been doing it for decades with no issues. Only make the towel as hot as you can handle. Does not need to be scalding. Softens the whiskers, opens pores, & makes the skin more pliable for your shave. Since I started using it its made a difference in the quality of my shave.

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 01-10-2015, 08:09 PM
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(01-10-2015, 07:57 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote:
(01-10-2015, 07:51 PM)KRpdx Wrote: Some swear by a very hot pre-shave towel for 2-3 minutes, so I bought a 100% cotton terry hand towel a few months ago. Then I thought, That sounds more abusive than a healthy thing to do to my skin. Guess I'd like a dermatologist's opinion before it becomes a part of my regimen.
Men and Barbershops have been doing it for decades with no issues. Only make the towel as hot as you can handle. Does not need to be scalding. Softens the whiskers, opens pores, & makes the skin more pliable for your shave. Since I started using it its made a difference in the quality of my shave.
+1

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 01-10-2015, 08:13 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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I bought a couple of red face cloths made of terry cloth. I bought red so that if...wait....when I got blood on them, I wouldn't have to answer to my wife for her white towels. Wink
I use a hot one before and a cool one after my shave. It's a nice little add on the the ritual.

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 01-10-2015, 10:33 PM
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  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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I shave with straights, and use a towel to keep my hands dry, and dry the blade after I rinse the soap off the blade between passes. It's essential to keep the razor dry, and to dry it thoroughly after use, to prevent rust. I generally don't use a hot towel, as I soak my beard frequently with hot water while showering, but do in those rare incidences when I shave and haven't showered first.

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 01-10-2015, 10:53 PM
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I'm still using the automotive microfiber "chamois" towels that I posted about awhile back ( 2 years? ). They work wet as a facecloth and wrung out they sop up water and dry a face like a dry terry cloth towel. I use it once and it goes into water waiting for the day the laundry gets done. They take forever to dry, or so it seems, and I don't want them to mildew. Submerging them and keeping them submerged does away with that possibility.

After the shave and wrung out they soak u[p water from the brush nicely as well.

For me they are the perfect shave towel and I'm very picky. It's either right or it isn't; no shades of grey and no compromise.

If I remember correctly they are 16" x 16" thereabouts.

I use hot water not a steaming towel for the face and that size or slightly larger covers my entire shave area and the microfiber holds a great deal of hot water and doesn't cool off too rapidly.

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 01-10-2015, 10:59 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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(01-10-2015, 10:53 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I'm still using the automotive microfiber "chamois" towels that I posted about awhile back ( 2 years? ).
That sounds like an interesting Idea. I am going to have to try that.

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 01-10-2015, 11:32 PM
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(01-10-2015, 10:59 PM)jamesrobson5 Wrote:
(01-10-2015, 10:53 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I'm still using the automotive microfiber "chamois" towels that I posted about awhile back ( 2 years? ).
That sounds like an interesting Idea. I am going to have to try that.

If you can find my post from back then there's more info in it. It was posted shortly after this forum began. How long ago was that? A search should find it. I think it was "the perfect shave towel" or some such.

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