Second & Third pass lather

Discussion in 'General Shaving' started by RandySp, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. RandySp

    RandySp Legendary Member

    Let's make a small or big discussion here about this one.

    Do you prefer the lather thinner or you load more to be thicker on the subsequent passes?

    I find that if I have a thicker lather the moment that most of the hairs are gone, I tend to press down the razor more. When it is thinner, I get better slickness, but again the protection is not that good for me.

    So I haven't decided yet!

    So.... I leave the shavers to answer!
  2. Jacobite

    Jacobite Legendary Member

    Lacrimarum Valle
    My second and third passes usually have thinner, but slicker lather. It's all about lubrication.
    Edit: My lather is thinner for later passes because I'm not building the lather on my face as I am doing for the first pass. I am simply applying it to my face from the brush.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  3. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    Same lather all three or two passes. It's all about finding the best lather type for your preferences, which in turn is dictated by razor and technique.

    Thick, slick and shiny is my preference, unless using a straight then it's pre shave oil and a thin, super slick lather over 2 passes.
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  4. vita

    vita Mach 5 Turbo Fusion

    I use the same lather (i.e. from the bowl) for all passes, yet the 2nd and 3rd always go on thinner.

    I've always wondered why this is... Hmmm..
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  5. MntnMan62

    MntnMan62 Über Member

    New Jersey
    I usually whip up far more lather than I need for my typical 3 pass plus touch up shave. Therefore I like to lather up my face nice and thick for each pass, including the touch up. I try to use up most if not all of what is in my bowl but I always have enough left in my brush for another full pass or even two after the 3 passes and touch up.

    Do you rinse off your face with water between passes? If so, you are introducing more water to your lather with each subsequent pass. That may be it.
  6. jeepie

    jeepie Guru

    I face lather for the first pass. I use a lot of water and prefer a thin slick glassy lather.

    The more passes I do the quicker I shave and so I have a progressively thinner lather.

    I read a really interesting article on paradigm shave ware about this. My lather looks crap but shaves great

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  7. RandySp

    RandySp Legendary Member

    Definitely a good thought man. That's why I always leave the lather more pasty when bowl lathering, in order to tolerate the water from rinsing my face later. Or else it becomes airy and frothy and disappears.

    Ps Did you use the Maca Root Older Formula, like you said a few days ago?
  8. Grishnak

    Grishnak Guru

    I’m the same and I always start from a wet / rinsed face and rinse between passes.
    I always assumed it was because the first pass has a better “Key” to adhere to.
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  9. Wayne

    Wayne Forum Sod

    I usually apply a thicker lather on the second pass as I always squeeze out the knot to release the lather onto my hand and apply it from there. It is amazing the quality of lather the knot holds on to.
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  10. Grishnak

    Grishnak Guru

    I do this on my third pass (I’m not as good at it as @Wayne), it also let’s me feel where I have been less than efficient
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  11. Eddyb

    Eddyb Well-Known Member

    Kent, England
    Lots of lather for me, you can never have too much!!.
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  12. vita

    vita Mach 5 Turbo Fusion

    This is what I'd assumed also, a hairy face is akin to a brush of sorts so holds the lather better I suppose.
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  13. TheGreekShaver

    TheGreekShaver Über Member

    When I lather for the second or the third pass I do build my lather but not a lot like the first pass. When I finish a pass I apply some water to my face and apply the lather to my face. If it seems to me pasty I introduce a little bit of water to the brush to hydrate it a bit.
  14. R181

    R181 Grumpy old man

    I face lather and try for the same consistency of lather for all 4 passes. I like my lather thick, slick and with a sheen to it. I wet my face before I start and between passes. I will add soap if necessary as I go and use the same type of lather regardless od shaving instrument used.

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  15. Mr Bigmem

    Mr Bigmem Forum GOD!

    North London
    I'll keep the lather the same thickness on all passes, and post shave squeeze out the last from the brush and place it on my face like a mask. I'll then let it sit as I soak in the bath and wash off before I get out. At that point its dehydrated and just what I call bubble dust lol.

    I know @Fox likes to water down his later after the first pass.
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