If you want to have your best experience each time you shave you should develop a routine and make it a habit to do the same thing daily. Chaos when you are getting yourself ready to tackle the day does not start your day well but a well-organized experience that is enjoyable starts your day out well and can help you have a great start to the day even though you will encounter many trials though out the day. There has been many an afternoon when I was trying to solve a problem and rested my hand on my cheek and noticed the smoothness and the aftershave, I'm not saying that it will solve your problems but it will decrease some of the stress you may be having at the time because you started your day with a good experience your brain will relate back to that time for an instance. Back to shaving - When I switched over to wet shaving and its process developed a routine your routine will be different from mine but it should still be a regular not rushed event that is not stressful. If you already have a shaving routine it is not hard to switch over but when I do my morning prep for the day. I do the same things, in the same order, and have my "tools" layed out in the same place each time, and I shave in the same sequence each time. I do not have a lot of counter space for my use as most married men will already know.
- When it is time to shave I already have my equipment placed out before me in the same spot each day. I have my shave cup for my brush - fill it about 3/4 full of warm/hot water and put my brush in it to soak up water. I brush my teeth. The point being that I want the brush to sit and take water in the hair bristles of the brush so that when I get to the next step the brush is ready to go. When I was laying out my tools I decided then which soap/scent combination I was going to use for my shave. my chosen soap is there already open and wafting aroma in to the sink area.
- I place the soaping container in my left hand ( I'm right-handed ) and take my brush out of the cup with my right hand. You will have to get a feel for how much water you like to have on your brush, I just let the water run out of the brush for a few seconds and give it a little flick of the wrist to get rid of the excess. You do want water in the brush though.
- The next step is to "load" the brush with soap, this is simply putting the brush into the soaping dish and swirling it around letting the bristles pick up soap. If a pool of water comes out of your brush you may have too much water. The brush being the great tool it is will start to make your shaving cream almost immediately. Loading the brush should only take less than a minute.
- Then it is time to apply the soap. You take the brush and apply it to your cheek and swirl make small circles with the brush if you have too much water loaded in your brush you may get some run off. If you have everything close the more you swirl the thicker the shaving soap will get on your face, for me this is a time to really work the brush and build up a thick cream, this also is working the whiskers and getting the protecting part of the cream prepped to do its job. next Best Wet Shave - " The Shave"