Another newbie - just did my first DE/wetshave - looking for advice
Hello! First of all, thanks for a great forum with tons of great information!
As the subject says, I'm completely new to wetshaving, and did my first wetshave today. It went... okay. Not great, but not horrible either. I sort of expected that, since it was my first time, and I'm writing this in the hope that you guys can guide me in the right direction for better shaves in the future!
Here's what I did: I took a hot shower, made a nice lather in a bowl, using my Arko stick (love the smell! it reminds me of Italy!). As far as I can tell, it was good lather. Thick, very creamy, stuck to my hand. My brush is an Omega pure badger brush, btw. Used the brush to get a nice layer of lather on my face. I then used my Lord L6 (yeah, I'm starting out with some quite cheap products, will aquire other razors in the near future!) and a BlueBird blade (a quite random choice), and did 1 pass WTG (more or less), re-lathered and did a second pass which was a little bit ATG, a little bit XTG. I think this second pass is what I did wrong. Also, I was a bit excited and impatient, and I think maybe I shaved too fast and didn't pay enough attention. After these two passes I figured it was "close enough", and finished with rinsing + nivea aftershave balm + old spice after shave.
The result: A few areas of my face are quite smooth, other areas are more like, uhm, "sandpaper smooth" (SPS?), with quite visible stubble. Nicked myself a couple of times, but nothing worse than when I first started with a gillette sensor excel 15+ years ago. Also, my face feels somewhat "rubbery", not silky smooth. Then again, I don't know really what to expect here, so that might be normal? Or not?
Anyhow, after my shave I watched some of mantic59's videos, and discovered that he recommends doing just 2 "down-passes" for at least a week, to really learn the technique, and then, after doing that for at least a week, start doing XTG or ATG after those two passes. So that's what I'm gonna do. I'm also gonna shave slower the next time.
My big question is: should I also change other variables? I'm especially thinking of the blade. I think the BlueBird felt kinda not right, I felt some tugging and such, so I'm inclined to try other blades. I've bought a sample pack, so I have several brands to try - Derby, Astra, Shark, Wilkinson Sword, Lord Platinum, Treet & Gillette 7 o'clock. Should I try other blades right away, or do you recommend sticking with one blade until I get my technique right? To my inexperienced mind this seems a little like a chicken-or-the-egg-question, since I don't really know if the tugging was because my technique is bad, or because the blade wasn't right for me/my face. Or some other reason.
So, based on all this, do you guys have any recommendations/tips/advice for how I should proceed?
I'd really appreciate some input!
Feel free to ask if there is something I've forgotten to mention.
Thanks again for a great forum! I'm glad I have joined!
Arko, Boar brush, '59 Fatboy (or Lord L6), Personna Meds/Feather, GFT Skin Food. Smooth!