Choosing the right shaving brush is key to getting a close, smooth shave. Because they come in various types, sizes and materials, we’ve put together Kent’s guide to choosing the right shaving brush for you. After all, a quality shaving brush is essential to every man’s grooming kit.
Don’t you think buying a good-quality shaving brush is essential? Well, that’s where you go wrong. A good shaving brush helps turn your at-home shave into a salon-quality experience.
How to choose the right shaving brush?
Choosing which type of shaving brush you need can be confusing. There are several options out there to choose from. So how do you decide? What are the settings? Well, here we come!
Here are six things to look for when choosing the right shaving brush:
1. Brush hardness: A stiffer brush will hold less water. This makes lather work more difficult. Shaving with firm bristles would be the best option if you prefer a more durable brush.
2. Handle shape: A shaving brush holder should fit snugly in your hand and offer enough grip during the lather and application process. The brush consists of three parts: bristles, knot, and holder. The width of the knots mainly determines the width of the palm. The height of the brush refers to the distance between the holder and the bristles. Choose a brush with hair that is suitable for your hand.
3. Bristles: Over the past decade, we’ve shifted toward cruelty-free makeup and beauty products. In the past, people used shaving brushes made with natural animal hair, such as boars, badgers, and horses. Although it comes down to personal preference, today’s synthetic shaving brushes are made with high-quality polyester that is soft and smooth on the skin.
4. Scrub: The scrub of the brush is determined by the hardness of the bristles against your skin. A brush with stiff spines and tight knots will have a powerful scrub and exfoliate the skin effectively. Softer brushes with tiny knots are gentler on the skin.
5. Knot size and loft height: These are usually shown in millimeters. The size of the knot is the diameter of the bristles included in the handle. Meanwhile, loft height is the length of hair from the top of the shaft to the tip of the hair. Personal preference will dictate the ideal brush size, especially larger handles associated with larger knots.
6. Using a shaving bowl: Consider pairing your shaving brush with a shaving bowl or cup to get the best lather possible. While using the palm of your hand is okay, lathering shaving cream or soap into a shaving bowl creates a fluffier lather that feels luxurious when applied and makes your shave even more enjoyable. Not to mention less clutter on your bathroom sink.
What types of bushes are available?
Most shaving brushes are made with badger fur, curly hair, or synthetic fiber. Some companies also use horseradish to make brushes.
Badger’s hair is the most popular, greedy, and expensive brush material for shaving. Whiskers are soft and thin on the skin; the fibers contain a lot of water. Badger shaving brushes are renowned for their ability to retain moisture and retain heat.
Scissors badger obtained from curls is stronger than hair and is initially uncomfortably coarse on the skin. The coarser structure of the stitches makes it ideal for lathering soaps, as it allows the surface of the soap to be easily awakened. The tips of the whiskers will soften and feel more brittle over time, but they will never be as soft on the face as badger bristles.
Synthetic brushes have come a long way. It can be challenging to tell the difference between a synthetic brush and, in some cases, a high-quality eggplant brush. For this reason, you should always read the product page/package to ensure that it is synthetic and cruelty-free.
Why use a shaving brush?
Using a shaving brush has many advantages. In addition to helping shaving brushes get under the skin of your face, allowing shaving cream/soap to penetrate the skin and protect your skin from your mustache, they also:
- Help create a rich and warm lather
- It helps soften and lift hair from the face
- Helps to open portions
- Gently exfoliates the surface of the skin to remove unshaven dead cells
How to use a shaving brush for a perfect shave?
If a father teaches his son how to shave correctly, it is a rite of passage from generation to generation. But did your father refuse to focus on properly using the shaving brush and the razor? Do not worry! We got you.
Using a shaving brush is simple. To do all this, follow these simple steps:
- Dip your brush in warm water.
- Apply a drop of shaving cream to the brush.
- Lather on your face using the brush in a thin circular motion.
- Ensure that the face is covered with a generous amount of later.
- Then just cut the lather using a good quality razor and shave smooth!
How to care for your shaving brush?
A decent shaving brush can last a long time if properly cared for. To maintain its excellent quality and appearance, you must take care of your brush. How? Follow the steps below:
- After shaving, rinse the brush with warm water and “flick” the brush bristles to remove any excess water.
- Place the brush face on the shaving stand (or hair) (one is included with the brush) so that the water drips down, not into the brush.
- Keep the brush in a container, not a bowl, so it can “breathe.” You can also get a brush stand that helps keep your bristles dry and clean.
- Pulling or tugging the hair weakens the hair knot and causes the brush to shed more. Brushes tend to shed a little quickly, so keep that in mind.
Final words on choosing a right shaving brush
Shaving your beard is an activity that requires precision, care, and quality products. It’s important to remember that a shaving brush doesn’t have to be super expensive and made with animal hair to be good at its job.
A shaving brush made with synthetic bristles is capable of a clean, smooth shave as long as you maintain it properly.