You know… when you want it sudsy, soapy, and silky smooth!
Whether you use triple milled soap, shaving cream, or a combination of the two in the form of croap, the most important aspect is the lather.
Creating the perfect lather is an art in and of itself. It takes time, practice, experimentation, and skill to create the consistency of foam that suits not only your preference, but your skin.
In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say the well-being of your skin is at stake! It’s the classic example of the Goldilocks effect; too much froth is futile while too little foam is fruitless. Just right and you’re in bubbly business!
Nobody likes razor burn, acne, or an inconsistent shave. Think of lather as the white knight of your wet shave experience. It helps to prepare and protect the skin from the pitfalls shaving potentially poses.
It’s also used to soften the hair follicle, making it easier to achieve that baby smooth shaved feeling you’re searching for. Basically the lather is imperative.
Traditional artisan shaving soaps, creams, and croaps create ideal shaving conditions. Although some will argue that certain options are better than others.
Purists swear by shaving soaps as the one and only way to go. However, for newbies trying to simply master shaving with a safety or straight razor, shaving cream is an easier and more efficient option to assist you through your wet shaving journey.
For those of you who feel comfortable with wet shavers, it’s time to step up your game from creams to croaps or even to soaps! Try out the different soap options available including triple milled and semi hard. Although these options may take more effort than you’re accustomed to and may initially be more expensive, they offer positive qualities like a more luxurious lather and longer life per puck.
Here are some lather tips:
#1: Before you begin your shaving experience, soak your badger brush in warm water for a few minutes. This gives the absorbent bristles time to soften and imbibe plenty of water; all of which is necessary to achieve the ideal ratio of water to cream/croap/soap.
#2: After allowing the brush to soak, remove excess water by gently wringing the bristles. Although you want the brush to be saturated, you don’t want it to be sopping. Too much water will cause the lather to be too thin while too much soap will cause the lather to be sticky.
#3: Time to create a sudsy heaven! With the perfect amount of water and the perfect amount of soap, use swift, circular motions in a separate bowl. This should take a couple of minutes, the time of which may vary, depending on what medium you are using. The resulting product should resemble meringue or whipped cream. Lather should be bouncy and cushiony and should easily sit on your skin throughout the entire shave.
Mastering the perfect lather can only mean a more enjoyable wet shaving experience. It may take some practice and a couple of failed attempts, but once you find the necessary balance of water and product it will become second nature.
Lather up and, as always, happy shaving!