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    I have been straight razor shaving for a few years now. I find the preshave prep is a very important part of my shave. I like to keep it simple. I apply a warm face cloth to my beard (something similar to a hot towel prep in a barber shop), then I apply either Proraso white or green preshave cream, massage it in well and wait a few minutes then lather up. If I am in a rush I will skip the Proraso...but I never skip the hot towel. And in winter that hot towel is particularly pleasurable.
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    My preshave is....
    Wash my face! A shower works too.
    Dont want my razor to deal with dirt.
    Then lather up and shave.
    It's just Sharpening, right?
    Jerry...

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    I always shower before shaving. Well almost all the time. On the rare occasion I don't I wash my face, load the brush up and lather up. Let it sit for a minute and then wash it off and lather up again. The thing here is the time it takes to do this is almost the same time as I need to shower. Plus the brush has to soak anyway. I have in the past done the hot towel thing. But it takes more effort to do that than to just take a shower.
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    Wet face with hot water ~ lather up ~ go

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    I shower before I shave, so the hot towel is a bonus measure.
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    No prep, just get the lather in the brush and face lather.

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    Funny, I figured most of yall went all out and was ashamed to admit it is usually shower, lather, shave, rinse, leave. Sometimes aftershave if I feel uncomfortable.
    If you're wondering I'm probably being sarcastic.

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    Everyone eventually develops a routine that works for them. Personally, I don't like to do anything that does not improve my shaves just because it's common practice for others to do. That has left me with a very simple shave routine.

    Bob
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    My routine has gotten much simpler over the years. Sure, i used to hot towel, pre-shave oil, lather and rince than towel again. Then lather and shave but I found after I learned how to properly shave I didn't need all the non-since in the beginning and just showered or just washed my face. A little warm water on the face is what I found was all I needed. And the time it takes to shave now has gone down alot.
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    I've never tried the hot towel thing at home. Shaving takes long enough as is, I've never wanted to add that extra step. I don't have a microwave (and don't want one), so heating up a towel would take a significant amount of time.

    If I don't shower before I shave, I wash my beard with soap and warm water. If I bowl lather (rare these days, due to lack of time), I lather up and let it sit while I strop my razor, then rinse the lather off and reapply. If I face lather, I strop first so that I can shave as soon as I'm lathered up - the lather being scrubbed into my beard for a longer period of time is enough, I find.
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