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I used shaving soap and a brush for the first time today, results were not as expected! What happened?

Wow that was a cell phone autocorrect mess. Too late to be able to edit:
face lathering not gave lathering!
I didn't not si didn't!
if I ever not is I ever!
Lol!!

Have you ever, lathered up someone you love? Have you ever, made a mistake you wish you could take back? Have you ever wished you hadn't seen that? Have you ever wished you could take it all back, and not do that?

"Hey, Doc Brown, do you still have that Dalorian?" "Yeah why?" "Hmm, I need to go back in time and tell my past self not to, well, it doesn't matter, I need the car." "OK Rod, just make sure you bring her back full of gas, and don't clip the fuel line like you did the last time, I had to replace the entire line after the last time." "Ohhhhh and Rod, don't kiss your mother this time either." "I won't Doc I promise." 😝

back to the future car GIF by Turner Classic Movies
 
Have you ever, lathered up someone you love? Have you ever, made a mistake you wish you could take back? Have you ever wished you hadn't seen that? Have you ever wished you could take it all back, and not do that?

"Hey, Doc Brown, do you still have that Dalorian?" "Yeah why?" "Hmm, I need to go back in time and tell my past self not to, well, it doesn't matter, I need the car." "OK Rod, just make sure you bring her back full of gas, and don't clip the fuel line like you did the last time, I had to replace the entire line after the last time." "Ohhhhh and Rod, don't kiss your mother this time either." "I won't Doc I promise." 😝

back to the future car GIF by Turner Classic Movies
Very creative!
Yes to everything except lathering someone. I've only lathered my own face. I'm not a Barber, Lol!!
 
I've been at this for a short time (about 4 months) but have already tried tons of razors, blades, brushes etc..
All my brushes have been synthetics due to the ethical (or lack of) aspect of badger & boar.
But if you want to try something different, new and ethical that's actually animal hair, try a horse hair shaving brush. Vie-long makes them (made in Spain). I bought my first one and it's great!
By the way, I really want to try one of the ESC Ultimate G4. They look fantastic!
Yeah... I fell in love with the handle... and watched the owner of Executive Shaving company use it in several videos, so I took a chance and bought one... I just love it....
 
Here is what I used:
The "Winning" razor with a Bic blade
Proraso Sandalwood red soap tub
Razorock "The Disruptor" synthetic brush
Imitation "Amazon special" Captain's Choice ceramic bowl

I left the brush in warm water while I took a shower, when ready I took it out and tapped it a bit to release some of the water, I wet the top of the soap a bit to activate it then drained the water, started loading up the brush by using a circular motion, then transferred to the bowl and continued the same procedure to build the lather. In the end I got "slight" lather and was enough to get a 2 pass shave but I never got the
puffy white lather that I see on videos. The shave was good but not 100%.

What could have gone wrong?
Not enough water on the brush, too much water on the brush, lack of pressure (or too much) while loading up in the circular motion?

I used one of Geofatboy's (credit given to him) you tube tutorials to learn. I watched it a few times beforehand and I watched it while doing my shave as well. I got nowhere near his results!
You weren't using ARKO.
 
From what I've read, I'm fortunate that I wasn't!
Information comes from reading. Knowledge comes from doing.

Simply put; a person can't ride a bicycle until they can do it. Learning to shave is similar to riding a bicycle. Other people's words can get them close, but only practice will get them to do it successfully.
 
Information comes from reading. Knowledge comes from doing.

Simply put; a person can't ride a bicycle until they can do it. Learning to shave is similar to riding a bicycle. Other people's words can get them close, but only practice will get them to do it successfully.
Agreed! With most things in life that applies. But I was just trying to figure out if I was specifically doing something wrong. Sometimes if you're doing something repeatedly wrong, it's difficult to make it right even with practice. That's what I was getting at!
Now in regards to your first post,
I'm still trying to figure out what using Arko has to do with any of this, LOL!!
 
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Agreed! With most things in life that applies. But I was just trying to figure out if I was specifically doing something wrong. Sometimes if you're doing something repeatedly wrong, it's difficult to make it right even with practice. That's what I was getting at!
Now in regards to your first post,
I'm still trying to figure out what using Arko has to do with any of this, LOL!!
I always recommend ARKO for everything. It used to be Williams, but then they stopped making it.

I prefer face lathering. It's simple and it works. However, I can't describe how to do it with your gear. If I did, someone would have the opposite opinion.

Ok, I'll give you something that might help. Rate your shaves using 1 if the isn't even the tiniest bit of blood and 0 if there is. Forget about the quality. I have had one tiny speck of blood during the last 61 shaves.

Ok, two things. Use a light touch.

Oh, and seriously, buy some ARKO and a clothespin.
 
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