I have no doubt that many of you with teenage daughters will be able to relate to this episode. It’s a Wednesday morning and after having hustled my son out the door for school, I see that I have time to shower and wash my hair before having to drive my daughter to school.
I get my clothes ready before grabbing a towel, heading to the bathroom and climbing into the shower. As I am showering I notice that my legs could do with a shave, something that I am not overly worried about during the winter as I figure that the extra down helps to keep me warm during the cold months – but there is a limit!
Reaching for the shaving gel I find that although it has been put back in its place, it is empty. Not a total surprise and something that we are noticing as parents to teenage children, seems to be quite a normal occurrence. I am pretty sure that our children are not the only culprits of this bad habit. In our house it is quite normal to find things that are not put away, put away in the wrong place or put away in the right place but they need replacing. Oh the joy of living with teenagers.
Since my daughter started to shave her legs last summer, the shaving gel is being used at an alarming rate. I know it’s not me using it up, or my husband as he never ever emerges from the bathroom smelling of flowers and my son is not yet hairy enough to shave, so I know it’s my daughter and as far as I can see she is not shaving her entire body and even if she were, she couldn’t possibly go through any more gel, she’s just not that hairy.Hair conditioner makes the perfect
shaving foam substitute
Shaking the can and pressing the nozzle on the shaving gel with as much strength as I can muster before having had my second coffee of the morning, I manage to squeeze out enough gel to cover roughly one square inch of leg. Not a good start to the morning!
Taking deep breaths I look around for a substitute shaving gel, I don’t want to use my husbands gel as it smells too masculine and I don’t want to leave my leg hair for another day for fear of having to use sheep sheers instead of a razor to do the job. What is a woman to do? My electric shaver is resting for the winter and is in need of a charge – that will teach me!
Desperate, I reach for the hair conditioner, my reasoning being that conditioner is sleek and slippery, so when applied to the skin instead of shaving gel it should form a friction free surface to run my razor over. I squirt a decent amount of hair conditioner into the palm of my hand before smearing it all over lower legs and cautiously shaving my legs with my razor……..The hair conditioner worked a treat and not only did I not end up with chunks of flesh missing from my legs, but my legs are now silky smooth and they actually feel much smoother than when I use the gel.
Note to self; stop paying far too much for shaving gel and start buying cheap hair conditioner to use instead. I have no doubt that my daughter isn’t going to like it, but until she starts paying for her own shaving gel it’s tough luck.
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