First I want to say that the past 3 weeks I've spent lurking, reading posts, watching videos and just learning have been very helpful. Although I have to admit, I was cocky and stupid, thinking to myself "bah, it can't really be that hard, I mean it is "just" shaving"....heh, I'm sure you can guess the rest of my post.
I bought a Merkur HD set from vintage blades, Vulfix 1000A, and Conk BayRum. Went for a run, came back hot and sweaty, hopped in the shower, rubbed some head and shoulders on my face in the shower (I figured it's shampoo and conditioner in one, that should help...) got out, tossed the soap/brush in the sink with hot water, dried off for about a minute then got to work.
I tried making lather, although I took the soap out of the plastic container and dropped it into the cup that came with the set. So I was trying to whip up lather ontop of the soap, which now I know wasn't working (tommorrow I"m going to use a soup bowl). I put, what I thought was an ok amount of lather on my face and went to work.
The cheeks and upper lip seemed easy enough, 1 WTG, 1XTG and I felt almost perfectly smooth. Then I went to the scary part, the neck. I did a WTG and didn't feel like I had really shaved at all, so feeling confident I did an ATG. WOW
WOW again, it was the closest shave ever, then the bleeding started. I think I ripped the entire top layer of skin off my face. I rubbed the heck out of it with the Alum, and let it bleed some more then more Alum... Finished the process with Neutrogena Triple Protect
I was sore and the skin felt tight/raw all day.
This morning, was day 2, I realized that day 1 I used too much pressure, so I held the HD almost at the very tip, on the knob that loosens the top. This made the pressure just the weight of the razor. I also did a much more conservative, WTGx1 and a XTGx1 on my entire face, neck included. Then I stopped, went on with my day.
It wasn't a perfect shave, very presentable looking, but not that smoothness I wanted, but at least I don't feel like a bruised, shaved sheep.
So thats my saga so far, I'm having fun, the sound is satisfying, and the idea of making shaving personal is a very Hegelian concept.
Question is, when done shaving, I wash out my brush, shake it and then pat it dry on a towel and hang on the stand. I wash off the soap and the bowl, too easy. But the razor, I wash it in some water..and then just leave it on the stand? or do I need to dry it as well?