Do not use shampoo or conditioner as shaving cream

I like to read, listen, and watch life hacking tips. The problem is, things get recommended as viable life hacks that really aren’t. Too many times they’re dumb ideas that that don’t do what they’re supposed to do or they just don’t work. It’s as though the person promoting them hasn’t ever tired them. They then get repeated over and over by other so-called life hack experts. For example, using shampoo or conditioner in lieu of shaving cream.

This interested me as a committed head shaver. I’ve often had the unfortunate experience of getting shaving cream in my eyes. It hurts. It’s not as bad as stomach cancer or a kidney stone, but it hurts none the less. I thought that if I can just use shampoo or conditioner as shaving cream, I can use baby shampoo while shaving my skull. If baby shampoo were to get into my eyes, it wouldn’t hurt.

Here’s an actual post from a one such life hacking website:

Shaving Cream Substitute

Shaving cream is one of the products often forgotten during grocery day. Good thing shampoo isn’t. In the absence of a shaving solution, apply shampoo or conditioner on the areas to be shaved. Sprinkle a little water to make the solution a bit thicker. Once done, run your razor on the sections with shampoo. You’ll, then, have a close shave, which rivals the results of shaving cream.

Forgot to buy shaving cream at the grocery store? Here’s a life hack for you: write down the things you need on a piece of paper and then bring that piece of paper with you to the grocery store.

This life shampoo or conditioner for shaving cream hack was either written by a 13-year-old girl or a someone else who’s never shaved before. It certainly wasn’t written by someone who shaves their head.

I tried this awful life hack on my head and this is the result:

my.poor.skull
As you can see from this horrific photo, it hacked a chunk of skin from my skull.

I should note that I used a two-day-old blade from Harry’s and I just shaved my head the day before with the same blade. No cuts, no gouges, and no blood. The difference is I used shaving cream, not shampoo or conditioner.

Author: Rick Rottman

My name is Rick Rottman and I live in Maryland. This is my blog. If you'd like to know more about me, check out my About page.

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