The Magic of the Shaving Bowl
Factors and Techniques to Consider in Using a Shaving Bowl
- Shaving Bowl Selection
To become an excellent member of the bowl using community, you need an excellent bowl. If you are not interested in getting a new bowl or making changes to your current one, you may as well skip this part but if you want to be the best you need the best.Don’t worry, selecting a bowl is not as complicated as I’m making it seem. Just get one with a rough and consistently textured inside. It may seem easier to walk into that kitchen and pick up any old bowl but trust me, using a dedicated shaving bowl specifically designed for lather formation will change your shaving game.
- Lather Source
It’s either shaving cream or shaving soap.I know this is an easy point of conflict at the initial stage of the shave but it all comes down to personal preferences and availability. For this reason, I will address both factions of the argument.
My preferred choice is the shaving cream due to its easy mixing property. However, soaps have been argued to provide a better lather, a fact I’m willing to accept, but in this case, the structure of the soap should be taken into consideration. I strongly favor the use of soft soaps over hard ones since they also provide some form of ease in mixing.
- Lather Formation
This is the point where the major differences regarding the lather source comes into play. Starting with the easier of the two, squirt your shaving cream into the bowl in preparation for the mixing. Soak your shaving brush (preferably with a badger hair bristle) in a container of hot water or simply run the water over it for about 30 seconds.
Once the water is completely absorbed by the brush, simply squeeze or shake off some of the excess water. Mix the shaving cream with an alternating rotation pattern (clockwise and anti-clockwise) of the brush.
If the mixture appears to be dry or with an irregular consistency, add few drops of water into the bowl and continue mixing as described. However, excess water in the mixture may result in the formation of large bubbles which can be fixed by consistent stirring, addition of more cream or complete disposal of the mixture based on the water content. Moving on to the shaving soap. I would like to iterate that for this, a soft soap will produce more desirable results for the required time and effort involved.
Begin by running the soap over warm water in the case of a soft soap or by soaking it in a bowl of hot water if you decide to take the path of most resistance. This gives the soap some time to soften and ease the formation of lather.
Add a few drops of water to your shaving bowl then begin swirling the surface of the soap with your brush in an alternating rotation pattern. The swirling will create some lather on the surface. Continue swirling until sufficient lather has been collected on the bristle of your brush. Dip the brush into your bowl and swirl once again in an alternating rotation pattern until lather begins to form in the bowl. Repeat the process of transferring the lather from the soap surface to the bowl until a sufficient amount appears in the bowl.
- Applying Lather
- Cleaning and Storage