Revelation of the day:
I was just starting to think that my lathers have been a bit dry. Perhaps not enough water. But I don't want them to be too watery or that won't be a good thing, I'd imagine. While still on the face, the last parts to be shaved would waft into the air and it looked like it was snowing in the bathroom. Lather in the bowl was thick, creamy, and, as I’ve read, yogurt like. My shaves have been OK, but still irritating.
In another thread, musicman1951 suggested making a test lather. Keep adding water into some shaving cream and see how far it can be pushed. Then keep going to see what happens when there is too much water there. Tried it last night. I was pretty amazed at how much water went in. Much more than I have been using, at least by double. Perhaps a wetter lather- but not too wet- might be more lubricating.
This morning I had a shave and made a wetter than usual lather. Things were a bit better. Not a night and day difference. But a notable improvement. Also, the razor did not clog up as much. Rinsing out the lather between passes was a lot easier.
So today’s tip is to make a test lather, see how much water can really go in there. And maybe shave with a different water content than you were using before.
The learning continues…
The other thing you can try is after you have the lather on your face and it feels to thick and pastie you can just dip the tips of your brush in water and work it in until it feels nice and slick. just add a little at a time
Wow what a write up for a first post well done and thanks.
In contrast my first DE shave was a cheap TTO Comoy that my eldest son brought for me to try....
I watched a few videos and I ignored most (all) and shaved in the shower...
It's only very recently I thought I would start doing it properly and I haven't looked back... I really look forward to shaving now and enjoy pampering myself and developing my own shaving ritual.
Now I am on the hunt for a better razor etc. Then come the hurdle of getting the wife to approve the expenditure and release the funds.. probably after the "business case" has been submitted, considered, rejected, rewritten and resubmitted several times.
Liking this thread, so, very, much!
Great article. I too started out with good quality gear and it has made it all so much more enjoyable. Rockwell S6, Sompsons Colonel and Jack Black Save cream. You did, however, tarnish BBS for my wife
Well I was allowed to order some interesting stuff off West Coast Shaving, one of their black razors for me and one for my son who is just started shaving and some interesting looking soaps etc you can't get here is Aussie . $150ish all up. I have never spent that on the multi blade monstrosities in my life. Guess I'm hooked.
I now just have to wait till Christmas
Cheers to a great informative post, quite thorough and great historical documentation of your first month and half with DE Razor experience! Thank you for your time and effort here!