Hey AOM-members,
what do you guys think how thick a shaving-lather should be. Some make it more airy and bubbly, some so thick that I am feared their straight razor gets stuck (hope you know what I mean) and hurts them. So what do you guys think is the perfect consistence and how do you apply the lather to the face the best way? Half of my lather is allways stuck in my brush. Thanks Max

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I'm using Williams right now.  I like to get it to where it bubbles on the brush, but doesn't look like there's anything in the cup.  It seems to all go up into the brush.  I usually brush the lather on back and forth and then make pressing circles to massage my face.  I use Merkur Supers in a Merkur 34C.  One set of downstrokes, and then one set of upstrokes.  Splash on some Bay Rum and that's all I need.

Okay and how thick is the lather copared to whipped cream?

Maximilian, check out Mantic59's videos on  Youtube he does a great job on showing you how to make lather.  I use shaving soap and load up my brush then mix it up with water in a mug.  I use a straight razor so I like my lather a little more on the wet side.  The straights usually perform better this way.

I also use one and in the beginning when I made my lather really thick I got stuck with it and cut myself really badly. Never tried to make some solid lather first and then lathering it with much more water in a mug without any piece of soap, but I tried it and it works best for me but nevertheless I am interessted in how you do it go on with telling me. Greets Max

These are the steps I take when I shave in the morning to build lather.

1) Let the brush soak in hot water while I shower and cover the top of the shave soap with hot water

2) Squeeze and shake out brush until nearly dry; pour out water from the soap into a mug.  The more water you use in this step the thinner your lather will be.

3) Swirl brush on soap for about 60-90 seconds.  Make sure you are getting the brush completely loaded with soap.  You should be able to hear the friction between the soap and the brush.

4) Take your fully loaded brush and whip a lather lather up in your mug.  If you find that you didn't use enough water you can always add more, but do it slowly.

5)Apply to face and shave! This makes easily enough for a 3-4 pass shave.

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