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    Hey guys, I've been shaving with a straight since June. The thing that's got me wondering lately is how much of creating a good lather is a) Brush related b) Soap/Cream related and c) technique related. I have been struggling for a while, my lather's have been hit and miss. I am not sure if it's the $5 brush I got with my crappy starter kit, the soap I got with that starter kit,(Smells amazing btw) or my lathering technique. It just seems some days the lather dries out in a matter of 30-40 seconds and so help me god if I'm working on a difficult part that takes a few extra seconds. I find myself some nights re-lathering about 3 times per pass. Any insight on my recent problems or past experience would be greatly appreciated.

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    If I had to bet it would be that it is technique related. It is hard to consistently get the soap to water ratio correct. What brush and soap are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    If I had to bet it would be that it is technique related. It is hard to consistently get the soap to water ratio correct. What brush and soap are you using?

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    Should the lather be disappearing very shortly after going on? :l I currently (until Christmas) am using a no namer that loses bristles like its balding. And I have TOBS almond and a Blades Grimm Smoulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S0LITARYS0LDIER View Post
    Should the lather be disappearing very shortly after going on? :l I currently (until Christmas) am using a no namer that loses bristles like its balding. And I have TOBS almond and a Blades Grimm Smoulder.
    No it should not be disappearing shortly after going on. Sounds like you have a brush that is on the way out but should still produce a lather unless it is really bald. I don't have either of the soaps/creams you have but TOBS is a recognized name so you should be good there.

    There are lots of vids on how to lather. You might find this one useful.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4zESTQWDuw


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    Some guys have no problem with it. I wasn't one of them. First of all there is the water. If it is hard water it is more difficult to generate good lather. Mine is not hard water, but I had a long learning curve anyway. This was with quality soaps and brushes. BTW, I never had a problem with creams. Anyway ....... put a puddle of water on the puck, let the brush stand bristles down in a tea cup or mug with water enough to almost, but not quite, come up to the handle.

    Walk away for 5 minutes, take a shower first, whatever you can do to give the water time to soften the surface of the puck. Proceed from there with shaking out the brush and twirling for maybe 20 circles each way, clockwise/counter clockwise. From there it is a matter of getting the water to soap ratio right for you. If you still have problems with the lather disappearing quickly I'd suspect the soap may be lacking.
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    If you have a $5 dollar brush that won't hold water you cannot build lather that will last.
    I've tried recently with a Marvy brush I brought in as a give away with no success.
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    There are many possibilities. There are some soaps the best latherer in the world couldn't get a decent lather with.
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    I just practiced making lather with my soap for a little while. Here are the results. It makes a lot of suds. They just seem a lot thinner then when I make a lather with my TOBS cream. They also start fading away, How long should I be swirling for until the lather is "maxed" out in thickness in your experiences.

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    You have to load the brush well from the puck and add a bit of water from time to time as you build up your lather. The lather should be thick and and creamy when ready to go. When you pull the brush away from the lather it should leave a peak in the lather. Hard to describe. Here is a guy bowl lathering your soap.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpfhqeGPKvA


    One to show you how to load the brush.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icTC...AYHiXYBRrIMYJQ


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    You have to load the brush well from the puck and add a bit of water from time to time as you build up your lather. The lather should be thick and and creamy when ready to go. When you pull the brush away from the lather it should leave a peak in the lather. Hard to describe. Here is a guy bowl lathering your soap.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpfhqeGPKvA


    One to show you how to load the brush.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icTC...AYHiXYBRrIMYJQ


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    Bob the first video exceptionally helpful. I know now it is not the soap it is my technique. Error #1 I did not load properly i.e. I did not do enough swirls in the soap bowl. Error #2 He attacks that soap with his brush, I haven't been going 1) that hard and 2) for that long making my lather. Thank you so much for that. I guess I could have googled but haven't seen much talk of it around the forum.
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