Here are some photos of bathrooms that I particularly like. They contain elements which we are incorporating into the design of the ensuites at Willowbrook Park...
Below: In these two pictures I like the molded panels around the baths.
Below: Water and books- not the most practical mix, but it definitely has its style.
1. Hot Water
The first essentials to a perfect shave are water and warmth. When hair absorbs hot water it becomes softer and easier to cut and with warmth the skin and facial muscles become relaxed, making shaving so much easier - thus the best time to shave is after a bath or shower. This effect can also be achieved by soaking a folded flannel or small towel in hot water and wrapping it around the face for thirty seconds or more.
2. Preparing the Face
3. The Lather
4. The Shave
5. Caring for the Skin
General shaving tips
- Shower or bathe before shaving, or warm the face with a hot flannel.
- Use plenty of hot water and shave in a warm environment.
- Protect the skin with skin food or moisturiser.
- Use a quality badger brush with good shaving cream or soap.
- Brush in a circular motion to lift the beard.
- Shave with the beard, never against the grain.
- Rinse the blade frequently in hot water.
- Rinse face well with cool water and gently pat dry.
- After shaving use a moisturiser or skin food.
- Avoid applying alcohol-based products to the face after shaving.
Taking care of your brush and razor
Wash face thoroughly leaving the face damp before you commence lathering.
Lather face with a pure badger shaving brush and decent shaving soap or shaving cream (The cream will give maximum moisturising of the skin) producing a fine creamy lather which softens the beard.
Hang the leather strop on a secure hook or towel rail and pull taut. Use the leather side of the strop first. Apply the razor with the blade side facing downwards and push upwards using firm pressure towards the top end of the strop. Rotate the blade with the sharp side now facing upwards and pull down towards the end of the strop. Always keep the blade flat. Repeat action for approximately 10 times and repeat using the reverse side of the strop.
Place the blade on the face very flat and pull the skin taut at the side of the neck, slide razor down face without pressure: repeat this action on all areas of face. Firstly, in the same direction as the hair grows and then against the direction of the beard growth.
Dry your razor thoroughly using a towel on the back of the blade to avoid cutting yourself. Lubrication of the blade and between the handle and blade areas will prolong the life of the razor and help to prevent any rust forming.
Shampoo: Choose a nice, soothing aromatic shampoo that is appealing to one's taste. The flavor doesn't matter, as long as the shampoo is ph balanced to ensure clean and healthy hair. Shampooing daily with the rinse and repeat instructions is not a ploy to sell more products. A second shampoo gets the job done. The first shampoo prepares the scalp to be throughly cleaned by loosening up all the "cool" products that make hair look and feel great!
Condition: Moisturize your hair. Conditioner is an essential hair product if your hair is dry. An herbal rinse is better for those with oily hair. You can make both products yourself but they can be purchased for a few dollars at any popular pharmacy or salon supply store.
Groom: Get the right tools. You'll likely need the following:
- brush (natural bristles are best)
- comb (wide-toothed if you have curly hair) >
- pick (plastic or metal tines)
- hair dryer (if it's less than 1000 watts, you're wasting your time)