It seems the UK is back in love with the barber. The country’s barbering industry is expected to grow over the next five years, as people seek to add touch of class to their beauty routine.

One of the most iconic features of a visit to your barber is, of course, the classic hot towel shave. Not only does it feel fantastic, it also softens your beard, making shaving easier and causing less irritation to your skin. 

While hot towel shaves might seem like the preserve of a luxury barber experience, why shouldn’t you be able to do it yourself? 

The five steps below will teach you how to hot towel shave at home, like a pro.

STEP ONE – GET A TOWEL

Selecting the right towel is an important step in achieving a great feeling hot towel shave.

While hand or face towels often provide the easiest option, to heighten the experience and maximise comfort, why not invest in a professional barber’s towel or high-quality flannel? If you don’t want to go this far, most towels will do the trick.

STEP TWO – ADD OIL TO THE TOWEL

It doesn’t need to be a specific kind of oil. However, according to Men’s Health “Eucalyptus is probably what you’re most familiar with [as] gyms and spas use the menthol scent on their hot towels.”

You can tailor the oils you use to cater for any allergies you might have, or even to help with an ailment. For example, you could add sinus clearing vapour rub to your towel if you are suffering from a cold.

STEP THREE – HEAT THE TOWEL

The towel can be heated up in various ways, the simplest being to run it under the hot tap in your bathroom.

Alternatively, you could boil the kettle and pour the boiled water onto the towel, or even heat the towel up in the microwave for 30 seconds. Just be sure to take caution not to burn yourself at this stage.

STEP FOUR – APPLY THE HOT TOWEL

Place the hot towel on your face for about a minute, by which point the towel should begin to cool down. 

Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the feeling as your pores open and your facial hairs soften. It should be a very relaxing experience, so make the most of it!

STEP FIVE – REMOVE TOWEL AND SHAVE

Once you take the towel off your face and set it aside, it’s time to move on to the shaving stage. Having gone to all this effort so far, it is important to top it all off with great shaving technique.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Discover how to shave without causing irritation here. To heighten the comfort, all of Dorco’s razors are suitable for sensitive skin, featuring an advanced lubricating strip with soothing ingredients to prevent skin irritation.

So, to summarise: 

  1. Get a fresh face towel / face cloth
  2. Pick an oil and add it to your dry towel
  3. Heat your towel
  4. Apply the hot towel to your face

Then go ahead and proceed with your usual shave.

By following these simple steps, you can ditch the luxury barber and achieve a great hot towel shave from home. Already tried a hot towel shave? We’d love to hear how you got on!