Traditional wet shaving hobbyists are inveterate "tryers". We are always trying out new products and equipment, even though most of us usually have an adequate supply of "stuff" in our shave dens to last two lifetimes. Even though trying new products and equipment seems to go hand in glove with this hobby there are some who don't know how to approach these new experiences very well. Then there are the newbies for whom everything is a new experience. We all had to have that "first time" for everything.
So this poses the question: What is the best way to approach a new piece of shaving equipment or new shaving product? The simple answer is to jump right in and use it and basically that is what you have to do. Yet, there is a certain frame of mind you need to have during this "trying it out" period. A brand new product that you are unfamiliar with will not perform and function like your old familiar ones. Even a new product from a familiar supplier or manufacturer may not function the same way as the old products. So what do you need to do?
The first thing is to go slowly. Go back to the basics. When trying out a new soap or cream you need to start dryer versus wetter. Bowl or palm lather in the beginning. Learn what the characteristics are of the lather. Does it like a lot of water? How much product do you need to load on the brush? Do you need to work the lather a long time or does a shorter "whipping" work better. You have to learn the "secrets" of that particular product. What kind of brush works better or does it work well with all kinds of brushes and fiber types. Each soap or cream has it's unique personality. If they didn't it wouldn't be interesting to discover and use them. But don't give up on a new soap or cream if things don't work out well right out of the starting gate. Experiment and take your time. Give the product time to "speak to you" and you take the time to listen.
The same principles apply to just about everything whether it is a new razor or brush, aftershave or balm. It takes time to learn how those products work. You have to learn the right combination to unlock the jewels hidden from sight. New brushes all have a break in period. It takes some time and some loving care to get them "developed" and "conditioned" into their best performance "groove". Do your research and learn how to properly care for and break in your brushes. They are all different and they differ one from another even if they are from the same batch, same brand, same type of fiber, etc. Just like you are different from any other shaver, each brush has its own character and personality.
When using a new razor take your time and be careful. If one blade isn't working well try another one. Not all blades will work equally well with all razors. A favorite blade for one razor will perform terribly in another. It's not the razor's fault nor the blades. It could be your fault and the first place to look when a product or piece of equipment if performing poorly is not the product or equipment but the operator. That's why in the aftermath of a plane crash the first factor examined is "pilot error" and not mechanical issues. It doesn't mean there might not be a flaw with the product or piece of equipment. It's just that the highest probability of error is firmly in the human factor arena.
Well, I did a video talking about these things and some other stuff. Trying to get back in the saddle of writing the blog and doing videos. It's not one of my best videos but probably not the worst either. Of course it is sorta long, as most of my videos are usually long. Watch it. I hope you enjoy it. Make comments here or on YouTube or the shave forums. Subscribe to the blog and my YouTube channel. If you like the video, please click on the "Like" icon in YouTube. If you want to share it with others, feel free to do so. I had one of my videos recently shared (posted) on reddit_wickededge and the number of hits went up significantly. There must be a ton of wet shavers using it.
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