By now you will be developing some nice heavy peaks in the cream and generating quite a bit of lather. At this point you should have enough lather for at least a 2 pass shave shave, but if you are like me then one more repetition and a few more drops of water and you will have some excellent lather. When swirling my brush I use a fair amount of pressure and will spin my brush clockwise, counter-clockwise, back and forth, etc. Whatever feels comfortable to you will work!
Your lather will start to thicken up and become more rich over the next 2 or 3 repetitions of this process.
Whether creating lather for a shave with a double edge razor or straight razor the process is the same. This process works equally as well with your favorite mug, bowl, or shaving scuttle. In this tutorial I am using a Shaving Scuttle with a vintage Butterscotch Bakelite Made Rite Shaving Brush. This brush has a 2-Band Synthetic 22mm Silvertip knot with a loft of approximately 50mm. Typically I will let my brush soak in my bowl or mug of warm water while I shower. If you will not be showering before your shave and instead prepping with a warm towel then a few minutes in warm water will work as well.
There is more then one way to skin a cat, but this is how I prefer to create my lather. This will work with a soap puck or shaving cream.
Start with a nickle size dollop of cream in your mug and shake your brush as dry as possible. If using a soap puck, swirl your brush for a good 30-45 seconds in the soap and load your brush. I then dip my hand in my sink full of warm water and let 3-5 small droplets of water land in my bowl near my dollop of cream.
At this point your lather is now ready and you have enough for a 3-pass shave and touch-ups if necessary. Remember to always prep your beard properly before shaving and wet your face before applying lather. After all, it is wet shaving.
I hope this helps, thanks for taking the time to read through this tutorial.
Your lather should be dry and paste like at this point. Stir around in circles for about 15 seconds until the soap/cream is thoroughly distributed throughout the bowl and any lumps are smoothed out.
I then take my hand and dip it into the sink of warm water and let another 3-5 drips of water land in my bowl. This process will be repeated several times over the next 2-3 minutes.