Hello practiced shavers,
I am extremely new to wet shaving and am a little perplexed on generating lather. My problem is that after applying the lather to my face it slowly becomes transparent and evaporates. To say by the time I get to my chin, where I shave last, it wants relathering. I've searched around without a difinitive answer and understand that I will figure it out with time, however.. do any of you know if this means I need more/less water in my lather? more/less water on my face? am not whipping the lather long enough in the bowl? on my face?
For reference this morning was my second wet shave, tomorrow will be my third. My tools are Proraso cream, Merkur DE Classic (long arm), Roger & Gallet L'Homme after shave, and the recommended $35 C&E Best Badger brush. My first exposure to wet shaving was Mantic's videos (yay mantic) followed by lots of reading on this forum and a little reading on others, then visiting shops to see/feel different brushes, creams, soaps, etc.
For my first shave I heated the bowl and brush together, let the brush drip dry, a dallop of cream then lathered in the bowl. After about 4/5 passes I had something resembling a shave complete with nicks. My second shave I heated together, shook the brush, used less cream added water then lathered in the bowl. I ended up with only enough lather for 1.5 passes and a sketcy shave but no nicks. My showers are the night before. My cream is always cold by the time I'm done.
I know this might not be much to go on but if there are questions I will be glad to answer. Any advice is very much appreciated.