Now that you are clean you will need to turn off the water and dry off. First turn off the water. Then open the curtain or door, and get the towel. I like to do most of my drying off while I am still standing in the shower. It helps to dry off starting at the top and working your way down. Pat your face dry with the towel, and then start rubbing the towel against your arms and chest and other wet body parts. Step out of the shower as you are drying your legs and feet – this cuts down on how much you drip water on the bathroom floor. You can also rub the towel against your hair to get at least some of the water out of it.
If you have sensitive skin and toweling off is uncomfortable, you can try to find the softest, fluffiest towel you can, or you can pat dry your entire body, rather than rubbing. Or, if soft and fluffy bothers you, there are also thin towels or coarse towels. Basically, try to find a towel that feels good against your skin.
Once you are dry, hang the towel back up on the towel rack so that it can dry too. If you’ve been wearing a shower cap, take it off and hang it from a hook somewhere it can dry.
When showering, I highly recommend making a shower routine for yourself, and always doing everything in the same order. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can also interlace many of the above steps. For instance, when I shower it goes in this order:
You can find what works for you and stick with it, or just go in the order outlined in this post. Also, while this was long and detailed, many people can go through all of these steps in only 5-10 minutes, so showering does not have to take a super long time if you don’t want it to.
Notes on hair
If you have long hair – shoulder length or longer – I would not recommend washing it every day unless your hair gets very greasy or is otherwise unmanageable when unwashed. Long hair can get brittle if it’s washed too often, even if you are very good about conditioning. Washing every other day or every three days can be completely ok. If you have trouble telling when your hair needs to be washed, simply choose certain days of the week to be hair-washing-days, and always wash your hair on those days.
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