View Full Version : Lather too dry?
02-20-2008, 04:59 AM
How can you tell? I seem to get a good consistancy with my lather, though not much volume. I can get all the nice peaks.. no big bubbles... have gone through the tutorials repeatedly. I have tried both Taylor Lavender Soap and the proraso cream. the cream works better i think with my Vulfix #2234 brush but im still lacking volume i see in the pics here. And by the time i get to my neck a lot of it has dried out.. (which surely means its too dry). But if i add just a little water my lather starts to look like the "over watered" pics... uh.. any advice?
02-20-2008, 05:53 AM
When you say "when I add a 'little water'" what do you mean? Do you add a splash? Or dribble a few drops?
02-20-2008, 05:53 AM
My two guesses are that you are either not using enough soap/cream or you are simply not whipping the mixture enough. When I started out I found that I was shaking out too much water from my brush...now i just give one big shake and there is still a considerable amount in the hair. Now as im whipping lather I usually do not even need to add any additional water and if I do, it is only a few drops.
02-20-2008, 06:03 AM
Have you checked out mantics videos? They're all quite worthwhile, and several deal at least in part with lathering. This one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXVxXvv_8yk&feature=related) would be a place to start.
Best of luck ! :biggrin:
02-20-2008, 06:16 AM
Definitly the suggestions of using mor esoap/cream are worth a shot. Slowly add water to the mix and hopefully you'll get what you a relooking for.
Another possible reason for your lathering challenges is that you may have hard water in your area. Try buying some distilled water from the grocery/pharmacy, heating it up and using that to create your lather. If you get different performance using the distilled water you'll know its your local water supply.
Good luck and post back to let us know how things are working.
02-20-2008, 07:58 AM
hey guys.. thanks for the responces.. normally i squeeze my brush dry like in Kyles tutorial.. but maybe i will leave more in.. I use the same amout of cream this morning as is shown in many pics.. about 1/2 the amount to cover my pinky end joint..lol. if that makes sens.. maybe dime size.. is better idea... when i add water.. is just a dribble.. really.. i run my hand unde the sink and splash a little of what clinges to the skin in the bowl.. (my first attempts had way too much.. water... so im pretty careful on that now) I will watch the vids.. havent done that yet.. thanks for the link.. and will try the hard/soft water thing..
02-22-2008, 01:11 PM
Ok.. i think not squeezing my brush dry.. and still adding a bit more water had helped tons.. I have not tried the distilled water yet.. im hoping thats not it... also, after seeing the videos.. im volumn i reailze.. is just about right.. (guess i was expecting more).. i have seen much better results with the added water.. thanks again for the tips.
02-22-2008, 01:54 PM
Glad you're making progress - sometimes it takes a lot more "work" to get a good wet lather than it does to get a not so good dryish lather. If it looks too wet, just keep working it until it starts to stand up on its own when you pull the brush up to look at it - like whipped egg whites.
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