Can I use shaving foam as a shampoo?

Wet shaving without shaving foam: What temporary solutions and alternatives are there?

Imagine you urgently need to shave, but you run out of shaving cream. I'll show you how wet shaving works without shaving foam. (Source: Boris Bulychev /

When thinking about a wet shave without shaving foam, most men get razor burn on their own. In this article, I'll show you which alternatives you can use when you don't have shaving cream on hand, but you still absolutely have to shave.

Disclaimer: As shaving foam, I summarize here all products that prepare the wet shave. So, for example, also shaving gel and shaving soap.

Alternatives: This is how you can shave without shaving foam

Shampoo and shaving gel are not that dissimilar. Both come in liquid form from the bottle and can be foamed very quickly with the hands.

So if you don't have shaving foam on hand, just use your shampoo. This doesn't work as well as real foam, but the shave is still more comfortable than completely without it.

By the way: it doesn't necessarily have to be shampoo. Basically, you can use pretty much any care product that somehow creates foam. For example, conditioner or washing gel.

It is best to take a hot shower beforehand or to prepare your skin with a warm, damp towel. This will open up your pores and make shaving even easier. Of course, this also applies in the event that you have shaving cream there. Hot water is mandatory to avoid razor burn.

This is why shaving foam is so important for wet shaving

Shaving foam provides the necessary lubricity when shaving. Without this foam, your razor gets caught in your whiskers and tears at it wildly. This creates razor bumps, razor burns, skin irritations and even cuts. It also makes the shave extremely messy.

After all, there is a reason for shaving foam:

  • It softens your whiskers so that they can be more easily grabbed and cut off by the razor
  • Shaving foam provides the necessary lubricity
  • When you apply the foam, your whiskers straighten up. This also makes shaving much easier
  • It contains nourishing ingredients that soothe your skin

Conclusion: There are alternatives for wet shaving without shaving foam

As you can see, all you have to do is show a little ingenuity. In the end, many care products can be converted into shaving foam. If you have the choice, you should of course prefer the classic shaving foam.

This article was last updated on February 02, 2021.