First off, my friends and family already think I'm a geek for being into Apple Macintosh and music so much. Joining a shaving board puts the icing on the cake.
Using the techniques from the boards:
I let my beard grow for a couple days and really looked at how it grew to be able to shave with the grain on my first pass.
I filled my bowl with water and microwaved it to get it steaming hot.
Soaked brush in bowl while I took a shower.
I left my face wet after showering.
Emptied bowl and gave a couple flicks of the brush to get excess water off.
Inserted brush into cream and gave it a twist.
Started swirling in bowl, and swirled, and swirled.
Rewet my face with hot water just before lathering.
Lathered face with circles and paint strokes.
I did the first two passes of guenron's excellent Four Pass thread.
I rinsed and relathered between passes.
Rinsed, relathered and cleaned up a couple patches I missed.
Rinsed face with cold water and patted dry.
Applied Thayer's Witch Hazel alcohol free original scent. (Don't like the smell).
Today was my second shave and nicked my neck, but overall two great experiences. The shaves were closer than anything I've ever had and felt great. I was nervous as hell on my first one and took 45 minutes, but today it took 30 minutes to shave. Hopefully, I can “shave” more minutes off as I learn the proper angle and get comfortable.
I really need to work on the lather and it did get cold by the time I did my second pass. It's hard to tell if I'm getting the angle right, but my face feels smooth so I must've done something right. :) I also am going to have to find an aftershave balm. I get dry white patches around my mouth and chin. Doesn't look good when you're Mexican, summer and really tan. Using some sort of balm or lotion helps better than anything. I've used the Fusion aftershave up until my first couple of wet shaves, but would like to find something better.
I've read some great threads here which helped me out with my first couple of shaves and really hope to learn more. A lot of helpful members here, but especially would like to point out guenron, Kyle, Leisureguy, Scotto and his FAQ.
Yeah, I'm a geek.