Face lathering and brush loading (soap)

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Re: Face lathering and brush loading (soap)

Post by slackskin » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:22 pm

Gary - Do you still load the completely dry brush as outlined previously in this thread?

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Re: Face lathering and brush loading (soap)

Post by brothers » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:47 pm

Yes, dry brush, loading on the soap that's been splashed with running tap water, then building the lather on the face. Here's a picture of what this brush looks like right now, a few hours after this morning's shave.
Semogue 2000 boar brush 12Feb2020.jpg
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Gary

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Re: Face lathering and brush loading (soap)

Post by slackskin » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:47 pm

This morning I did as Gary recommended -- dry brush on soaked puck. Used a Fine Clsssic synthetic brush and Cyril Salter hard puck (similar to DRHarris). Worked well, probably would have been better if puck soaked longer. Will try again tomorrow

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Re: Face lathering and brush loading (soap)

Post by brothers » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:09 pm

Various brushes respond differently depending on the amount of water that sits on the soap. When I switch to a different brush I occasionally get a bit too much or a bit too little water in the first few loadings before I get dialed in. In my case I'm guessing it's about 1 1/2 tablespoons to start with most of the time. Other guys may need more or less water to get the results that work best for them.
Gary

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