Do you mean thick as in "thick layer" or thick as in stiff, not very liquid? You don't need a big santa claus beard of lather. Just cover the face.
Originally Posted by Bourbon & Bowties
A quick review of basic face lathering technique:
1. Run hot water until it is good and hot. Run some on your puck and let it stand. Hold your brush under the hot running water so it gets warmed and hydrated.
2. Pour off water. Flick excess water out of the brush. One good flick should do it.
3. Swirl the brush lightly around the top of the puck, about 40-50 swirls, to pick up soap.
4. Swirl wet, soapy brush over face and distribute soap.
5. Re-wet brush with a quick dip of the tips in hot water. Don't wash away the soap from the brush... just add water to it.
6. Work brush on face to introduce more water into your face lather. Repeat as necessary until you have a good, slick lather.
Do you have the VDH boar kit, or badger? The boar doesn't hold nearly as much soap and water as the badger. It is still usable but the results will be different and your technique will be slightly different. Boar is somewhat scrubbier and will not need as much swirling on the soap due to the stiffer more abrasive bristles of the new, not yet broken in, boar.
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