How To Make a Hot Towel for Shaving

by Jay Kang | Posted on February 2nd, 2023

Are you ready to upgrade your shaving experience? With a few simple steps, you can make a hot towel for shaving that will give you the ultimate comfort and luxury.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make a hot towel for shaving easily, so read on and get ready to enjoy the best shave of your life!

How To Make a Hot Towel for Shaving

Step 1: Cleanse and Exfoliate

Before starting the shave, it’s important to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. This helps remove skin oils, dirt, and debris for a smoother, closer shave. To do this at home, a hot towel can be used. Fold a small towel in half lengthways, soak it in hot water, wring out the excess, and hold it on the face for a few minutes.

This will open up pores and soften the facial hair, making it easier to shave. Once the towel has cooled down, gently rub the face with a facial scrub or exfoliating brush to remove any dead skin cells. Rinse off any residue with lukewarm water and pat dry before continuing with the shave.

Step 2: Prepare the Hot Towel

You should start by getting a suitably sized towel to wrap around the face. Then, wait until the tap is as hot as it will go and place the towel underneath.

It’s time to grab your hot towel once you’ve waited for the tap to heat up and placed the towel below. You can do this with a kettle or a microwave. If you’re using a kettle, fill it halfway with hot water and bring it to a boil before carefully pouring the boiling water onto the towel.

If you’re using a microwave, heat the damp towel for 60 seconds (1 minute). The hot water will open your pores, soften your hair, and prepare your skin for shaving. Whatever way you use, be sure to wring out the towel, so it is only damp before putting it to your face in Step 5: Applying the Hot Towel to Your Face.

This should only take about 15 seconds to absorb the heat fully. Steam softens facial hair, making it easier to shave, and this hot towel technique greatly boosts your weekend shave routine. After this step, you can move on to Step 2: Cleanse and Exfoliate.

Step 3: Apply the Hot Towel

Once you have prepared the hot towel and cleansed and exfoliated your face, it’s time to apply the hot towel. This will help soften your facial hair for a smoother shave. Take the towel and press it onto your face for about 30 seconds, making sure to cover all areas of the face.

The towel’s heat helps open up your pores and makes shaving easier. After 30 seconds, remove the towel and lather your face with a quality shaving cream or gel.

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Step 4: Lather Up

Once you have prepped the hot towel, cleansed, and exfoliated your skin, it’s time to begin lathering up. Pour your shaving cream of choice into a bowl, and with a shaving brush, create a lather by making circular motions.

Dip the lather into some hot water to replicate the effects of a hot towel at home. This will soften your facial hair and make for a smoother shave. Ensure the water’s temperature is just right, as too hot could irritate. After you have lathered up your face, you are ready to shave with the grain.

Step 5: Shave with the Grain

After applying the hot towel, the next step is to start shaving. It’s important to shave with the grain of the hair growth and not against it. Shaving against the grain can cause cuts and razor burn, so it’s best to go with the flow!

Use gentle, short strokes, and rinse off your razor often. This will help ensure a smooth and even finish without any missed patches. Reapply the hot towel when necessary, as this will help soften the hairs and make them easier to shave.

Step 6: Reapply the Hot Towel

After applying the hot towel and lathering up for a shave, it’s time to reapply it. This will help to soften the skin and open up pores, allowing for a more comfortable shave. Once the towel has been heated, wring out excess water and place it on the face again, pressing firmly to adhere to the skin.

Allow the heat from the towel to seep into your skin for a few minutes before proceeding with your shave. This will help ensure you get the closest, most comfortable shave possible.

Step 9: Finish Up with Aftershave

Once you have finished shaving, step 8 is to finish up with aftershave. Aftershave can help soothe and moisturize the skin, reducing irritation and razor burn. Start by applying a hot towel to your face for a few seconds to help open pores and soften the skin.

Follow this up with a good quality aftershave balm and massage it into the skin using a combination of effleurage, petrissage, and tapotement techniques. This will help hydrate the skin, protect it from infection, and leave it feeling refreshed.

Add an essential oil such as lavender or sandalwood to your aftershave balm for added hydration and scent.

Step 8: Rinse and Dry

After the shave is complete, it’s time to rinse and dry the skin. Start by rinsing the area with a warm cloth or flannel. Then, pat the skin dry with a clean towel. Finally, massage your skin with a few drops of essential oil to help soothe and nourish the skin. This will help you feel refreshed and relaxed after a hot towel shave, leaving your skin feeling smooth and comfortable.


In conclusion, creating a hot towel for shaving is an easy process that can provide many benefits. Hot towels are a great way to soften the hair, open pores, and provide a relaxing experience. Following the steps above, you can create your hot towel quickly and easily. If you’re looking to give yourself or someone else a luxurious shaving experience, creating a hot towel is a perfect way.

Jay Kang

Just because i'm asian does not mean I don't need shaving. I always wanted to grow a beard when I was young, now I need to shave because hair growth for me is a problem. I'm going through what every man will and has gone through before.