So one big thing I've never liked about synthetics is that they're a pain to splay initially when face-lathering, for me anyways. I recently saw a YT vid (can't remember the exact one to attach for reference) that said to start on the very tip of the chin, instead of the cheek, where I normally start. So today I tried this and oh my, total game-changer! I got my lather done in even less time than normal (which is fast anyways) but most importantly didn't have to fight with my brush and swear during the first 5 seconds of my shave. I highly suggest those of you with SSS (Synthetic Splay Syndrome) to try this, it is a most excellent of methods and makes the lathering process way more fast and enjoyable.