Newbie's best shave as of yet...
I just had my best shave yet....certainly not BBS...I only do two passes and touch-ups WTG and XTG...so BBS will have to wait...but I feel I found something that may work for me...and some other newbie's who suffer from a lackluster lather may benefit from trying it.
For one...I seperated my cheeks from my neck as far as lathering. I think this helps because my lather isn't great yet and dries out a bit on my cheeks. So I lather above the jawline...shave WTG...lather below the jawline...shave WTG - rinse - Lather neck...shave XTG....lather cheek area...shave XTG - seemed to help my lather survive while sitting on my face for less time...made for a very slick and very cushionie feel. I used the Provence Green Tea I just got from Sullybob - very slick stuff...I liked it a lot.
Also, I don't know if I would suggest this to everyone - I didn't prep my beard at all - in fact, I wasn't planning on shaving.....I was just practicing with the Green Tea and my BK4 (I just put a plumbing o-ring around the base of the knot to try and increase the density - it works) and applied to it my face to see how it felt...it made such a good lather I decided to go for it. This was my first time shaving on back to back days too - no prep...and it was good...make sense? Also it was the third shave for a derby blade...hmm.
My best advice for my fellow newbies and something I've been doing lately......USE THE WITCH HAZEL LIKE IT'S GOING OUT OF STYLE - I apply it before (most) shaves, right after the final warm rinse (to kick off the cold rinse), and right after the alum block prior to ASB. It's just the most wonderful stuff.
The best part...my jawline is finally clean. Underneath my jaw has yet to be figured out, but I'll get there.
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