When I was about 10 or 11, my favorite TV show was "The Untouchables" w/ Robert Stack as Elliot Ness. Every episode would include a scene w/ someone in a barber chair, a hot towel wrapped around his face. This guy would be a judge, or a police chief, or some other enemy of Al "Scarface" Capone. While he is in the chair w/ his face completely covered, the barber slips out a back door, & a mean looking guy carrying a sub-machine gun enters & lets him have it. This would happen on every show, w/ only one exception . . . the manner of the execution. Sometime he would use a switchblade (a stiletto), a .45, or a straight-razor. But in every episode there would be a killing in a barber chair while the victim was blinded by the hot towel. So I ask my dad: Why would anyone cover his face, only to get shot or knifed or stabbed?? And my dad would say to me:
But son, everyone knows that a hot towel is the secret to a great shave!! It was dangerous, the best way to get killed in Chicago in 1930, but it was the risk one took to get the perfect shave.
So if you haven't tried it yet, heat a cup of water in the microwave, pour it over a wash cloth, lay it on your face for 3-5 minutes; but only after you are sure that no one is lurking around carrying a violin case. Let me know what you think.