You’ve just got off a six-hour flight. You didn’t get a window or aisle seat. (You probably shouldn’t have had that glass of wine.)
There you are: a few minutes – maximum 15 – to freshen up before a big meeting, appointment or, most importantly, date.
Life in transit calls for resourcefulness. Sure, freshening up with barebones supplies isn't pretty, but it can be done.
We’re not going to pretend you’re carrying around a stick of deodorant or hair product with you at all times. While they would obviously be useful in a situation like this (and can be bought just about anywhere) from here we’ll assume you only have a sink, soap, a hand-dryer and paper towels at your disposal.
Solution: Sure, we don’t know what your hairstyle is. But pretty much every man can neaten up his hair by doing three simple things:
1 | Run some warm water through your hands. You don’t need a lot – just get them wet.
2 | Run your hands through the sides of your hair, through to the back. You want to flatten the sides and tame any tufts that might be sticking out. Put a bit through the top too, but the sides are the important bit.
3 | If you have product in your hair, you don’t want to wash it out – but rather dampen it and re-work it so your hair keeps the right shape.
If you have a hand-dryer at your disposal (especially if it’s omni-directional), blowing some hot air on your hair can help soften and add volume.
Solution: Put a bit of water on the wrinkles, pull the fabric taut and hold it under the hand dryer. Stubborn wrinkles may require you to work the fabric flat with your hand as the heat is applied.
Solution: Give it a makeshift wash. This really only works if you’re in a bathroom that allows you some privacy – because you’ll be taking your shirt off. Run some warm water from the sink and apply to the underarms of your shirt. If the situation is really bad, use a bit of soap as well and work through the offending areas, then rinse off with water. Try not to get the fabric too wet, as it will take longer to dry.
Once the shirt is clean, wring it as dry as possible then have at it with the hand-dryer. Don’t focus the heat on one specific area for too long – spread the heat around evenly. Once it dries your shirt will feel (and smell) significantly more fresh.
Solution: It happens: you've spilt coffee, tomato sauce or other equally-staining things onto shirts or pants and need to get them clean right away. It’s simplest to use the method outlined above – spot-wash the area with a bit of soap and warm water, agitating the stain by rubbing the fabric into itself. Rinse it off, check your progress, repeat until the stain is no longer visible in the wet fabric. Then dry, as above.
If the stain is on your pants, we do realise we're recommending you wet your crotch and hold it up to a hand dryer in a public bathroom. Nobody said looking pulled-together would be easy – use as much discretion as you see fit.
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