Strangely enough, the use of shaving soap is one of the most difficult things to learn about wet shaving. The first few weeks I tried it, I was just awful – I did not know how much to use, when I was done, how to shave it over my face, or whatever. Eventually it was just a huge gang, with shaving cream on my face in weird bumps, and it hurt quite a bit.
Luckily, I have mastered the whole process of the process after a few years of practice (I think), and I believe I have the right advice for every wet shearer in attendance. Whether you’re just starting out, or the idea that you can use some advice, keep reading!
Step 1: Choose A Good Soap And Mug
Anyone with experience in wet shaving knows that you are lost without the right tools. It is vitally important to have the right brush, soap and mug when trying to make foam. As for the shaving brush, I would find a good, simple brush with badger hair – that is the softest type of brush you can get, and it holds water very well. Also make sure you have a shaving mug that you can use – I prefer the kind with a ball-shaped handle, because it is just cool and offers more stability when you are actually shaving.
As for the soap itself, I recommend trying a few samples if possible, to see what works best for you. Not every soap works equally well for everyone, and everyone has different ideas about the smell, texture, and so on. I think it is especially important to choose something that suits you; try to go for natural ingredients if that is possible, because they are simply healthier, simpler, and more affordable than the tattered stuff that might ruin your face and dry out. The best shaving soaps have only natural ingredients and essential oils that are meant to properly care for your face; that way you will not get a red rash or irritation.
Step 2: Wet Your Brush
Once you have chosen the right equipment, it is time to really learn how to use shaving soap. But to start with, you have to make your shaving brush wet. First, close off your sink and pour hot water into the sink until you can insert your shaving brush completely. As soon as you have done that, let him sit in the sink for a minute to take up the water. That way it is a lot easier to make the foam.
Do not shake too much water from the brush as soon as you take it out of the water – there must be enough to sit on to soften your hair and open your pores. This is absolutely necessary to get a good, healthy shave, so do not race through this step.
Step 3: Make it foam
Once your brush is wet, it is time for the shaving soap! Put your soap in your shaving mug. Insert the brush and quickly move it in circles; the round inside of the mug should help the brush and ensure that the soap is beaten in a good foam.
In the beginning you will see much larger bubbles, but keep going – as you keep turning the brush, the soap will form more and more smaller bubbles, until you see no bubbles at all. The whole process takes a maximum of 30 seconds, and towards the end you have a rich, luxurious foam that works great on unstable stubble.
Step 4: Throw It On Your Face
Now that you have the foam, it is time to actually apply it to yourself. Make sure there is plenty of soap on your brush, and use that same twist to spread it over your face. In different ways you are now also increasing the density of the foam, so it is still part of the foaming process.
The shaving soap is great to keep your facial hairs upright, and make them softer and easier to cut. Keep doing this until everything you want to shave is covered. (If you want to, you can also add some water and two or three more times, the more soap, the easier the shaving is, so you may be generous.)
This was it; so use shaving soap in four easy steps. It is not exactly tricky; actually we only say that you have to put the soap in, it has to rotate until it looks nice, and it should smear on your face. However, many things can go wrong in the process of soap application, so we thought it would be a good idea to show you step by step how to do it. Shaving is after all almost an art, and without the principles you can never master the discipline. So look for a good soap and clean that head!