You’re probably going to agree with me when I say that, when it comes to shaving, using traditional methods always make it a lot more fun.
A big part of traditional shaving is wet shaving, and a big part of wet shaving is the shaving soap.
If you don’t know how to use a shaving soap, just keep reading. We’re going to cover five easy steps to help you get that beautiful lather and get going.
Shaving soaps help you get the best and closest shave possible with much less irritation. They are mostly made of natural ingredients, making them the better choice for those with sensitive skin.
The way they work to hydrate and nourish the skin make the razor glide gently and smoothly over your skin.
Also, let’s not forget that their scent is way more pleasant than shaving creams!
Make sure you have what you need
First, you need a quality shaving brush.
A good quality shaving brush will make your life easier and help you build a better lather. Good brushes tend to keep more water than low-quality ones, and that helps a lot.
While the brush quality matters, it doesn’t matter as much as the soap quality.
A bad shaving soap will be hell to build up a lather with. So make sure you have the right soap before starting.
I love building the lather into a mug, rather than putting it directly on my face. This way you can have a lot more lather, and you won’t have to apply it until you’re satisfied with it.
So, you need a shaving bowl. If you don’t have one, you’re fine using any bowl or mug.
How to Use a Shaving Soap Easily
If you’re all set, you can start right away!
1. Soak the brush
Soaking the brush is the first thing you need to do whenever you’re going to use a shaving soap.
Fill the mug or bowl you’re using with hot water (not boiling) and put in the shaving brush.
I usually do this right before I take a shower, leave the brush soaking for the whole duration.
I like doing this for two reasons. First, after the shower, my face skin is going to be in its best state for shaving, so I don’t have to prepare it again. And second, the brush is going to be thoroughly soaked and ready to use.
If you’re not going to take a shower, just leave it for five minutes or so.
2. Remove the water
Now you want to remove the water from your shaving brush. Shake it a couple of times and squeeze it gently to get rid of the most of the water.
You don’t want to remove the whole water, though. Keep it somewhat wet.
Having too much water in the brush will make the lather thin and forthy, and not having enough water will make it almost impossible to build lather.
So stay in the middle.
You’ll also want to empty the bowl you used to prepare it for the next steps.
3. Load the brush with shaving soap
Now it’s time to use the shaving soap that’s been sitting there this whole time.
Make sure that the top of the brush has some water in it before touching the soap.
Grab your shaving brush and start swirling it on the soap for about 20-30 seconds, and don’t forget to alternate the swirling direction from time to time.
You also need to make sure that you’re only pressing hard enough to make the brush bristles splay out slightly.
Ideally, by the end of this process, you want to have a thick lather covering the top of your shaving brush.
When you’re done loading the soap, move on to the next step.
4. Build the soap in the bowl
Now that you have your brush loaded with some soap, grab your mug or bowl to start developing the lather.
Add a couple of drops of hot water to the bowl and start swirling the brush rapidly over it.
You’ll notice that the bubbles are so large at the beginning, but as you keep pushing the brush harder and increase the speed over time, they’ll disappear eventually.
If you want more lather, just apply more pressure and be faster.
Building the soap in the bowl may take from 3 to 5 minutes or more, depending on the shaving soap.
If you end up with a thick lather, which is not ideal for shaving, add a few drops of hot water. Don’t be afraid of adding water when you need to.
You want to look for a shiny, soft lather, which has the consistency of toothpaste and doesn’t have any bubbles.
5. Apply the shaving lather to your face
Now that you finally have that sweet, beautiful lather that you’ve been striving for, start applying it to your face with your shaving brush until it covers all the areas.
Don’t forget to prepare your face for shaving first. You should be okay with just washing it with some warm water.
You don’t need to swirl here or make any special moves, just apply as much as you need and you’re ready to go.
Another Approach: Building the Lather in your Face Directly
Some people do not like making the lather in a bowl and prefer to apply it directly to their face, skipping step 4.
If you’d like to go that way, here is some help.
1. Soak the brush
First, you need to soak the brush in hot water, just like in the first method.
Leave the brush in a mug or bowl for about 5 minutes and continue to the next step.
Once the brush is soaked, shake it once and then squeeze it to get rid of the water. Be careful not to make it too dry.
2. Add some water to the soap
This time, you need to make the soap a little bit softer before building it. Pour a couple of drops on it and move on.
3. Swirl it on!
When both the soap and the brush are ready, it’s time to start swirling.
Grab your brush and start swirling it on top of the soap for about 20-30 seconds.
Pressure isn’t necessary for this step. Just swirl the brush gently until it gets some thick water on top of it, then move on to next step.
4. Apply the lather to your face
You need to wash your face with some hot water before applying the soap. Don’t dry your face. Keep it wet.
Now grab your shaving brush and start swirling it on your face for a good 20-30 seconds, until you get the perfect lather you’re looking for.
If you end up with a thick lather, just add a few drops of water to the brush and keep swirling.
If the lather is too watery, you may want to go back to your soap and swirl it a little bit again.
The next step is, well, is to shave.
Put that brush away and grab your razor.
Enjoy your wet shaving!