Sunday, 3 August 2014

The Common Sense Approach To Lathering

Many people who are new to wet shaving may feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of information and techniques out there when it comes to lathering (with a shave brush and soap). Everybody seems to have their own 'trick' or formula for doing it the right way. 

The truth is that there is no magic. There are no tricks. One simply has to  to take a common sense approach, and be humble enough to learn from ones previous mistakes. Keep what works and discard what does not. 

I found this wonderful video on lathering from Michael Freedberg. While watching this video:

  • See how simple his brush technique is. 
  • Watch how easily he builds up his lather using feel and common sense. 
  • Lather too dry? Add more water. Lather too wet, add more soap.  
  • Note how quickly the lather builds up. No need to take up hours working the lather. 
  • Note how smooth and thin the layer of lather is. He doesn't lather too thick or try to end up looking like Santa Claus. :) 
The same common sense approach should apply too all aspects of wet shaving. Keep it simple, and your shave experience will be most pleasant. 

Have a a great day and a fantastic shave. 

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  1. Hello, Michael Freedberg here, just wanted to say thank you for the kind words, and very happy you found the video useful!

    1. Hello there Michael, I trust you are well. Thank you very much for the great video. It has been extremely helpful.