Getting the perfect lather can be an elusive affair. Yes you can shave without it and some even prefer a dry shave but for a truly trans-formative experience a good rich lather is essential. Try it once, hopefully with a soft brush, and it will instantly a be part of your routine thereafter. If you are still using shaving cream from a can of compressed air stop now and read this guide.
USE A GOOD SOAP
A good shaving soap is a mandate, we like all natural solid soaps to be used in a shaving mug, but some soft soaps and oils are just as good. Soaking the soap is important, as it softens it up to allow it to be loaded on the shaving brush. Start by soaking a small piece of the puck in a bowl or shaving mug in an equally small amount of warm water. Its important to note the more water you use the more lather you get so it is also a matter of preference. Most men do this first step while they shower allowing the mixture ample time but a minute or two is all it takes.
LOAD THE BRUSH
Using a brush is another essential for getting a good lather. We don't care what type of brush you use but please use a good one! If you think the $20 brush you got at target will work think again. There is nothing worse rubbing a stiff, straw like brush on your face. Silver tipped badger brushes are renowned for their shaving prowess, but again get true silver tipped not dyed. Synthetics are now just as good, or even better, than natural brushes if you get a high quality, well made brand so its all preference. Run the brush under water and flick it once to remove any excess. Drain the water from your mug of soap and plunge the brush into the bowl. A quick circular motion and a few plunges will build up a good head of foam. Your brush should be well coated at this point but remember the main part of building the lather happens on the face.
BUILD THE LATHER
It's time to build the final lather by swirling the soap and water mixer in the cup or on your face. This process should take about 30 seconds, dip the brush into water as needed. Its important to note the lather will not be a dense as the grocery store can foam but it will give you a much better glide. The final texture should form small peaks when you draw the brush up but don't worry if its a little loose.
APPLY TO YOUR FACE
Small circles will help you draw the hairs up. The more you use your soap and brush the more you will learn the sublty of mixtures and timing. This is a process to enjoy, make it a thoughtful ritual that makes you slow down in the rush of a hectic morning. This is how men are meant to shave and once you try it we know you won't go back.