Guys, here’s the deal. If you’re going to do something 20,000 times in your life – yes, that’s roughly the amount of times a guy will shave…crazy huh - you might as well use high quality products and tools to make sure it’s awesome each and every time.
And, one of the best ways to ensure a great shave is to use our shaving brush. Now we know some of you won’t ever give a shave brush a try. We get it. It takes a few extra minutes which is a lot in the morning and it is a small investment. Maybe applying shave cream with your hand is doing a great job already with no shaving pain or ingrown/bumps thereafter. And, if any of those reasons are the case, keep doing your thing. But if you want to step up your shaving game a bit, keep on listening…
WHY YOU SHOULD USE A SHAVE BRUSH:
Shaving brushes come in all different types from Synthetic to horse hair to boar to badger. Badger is widely considered the best of the bunch as the hair is a bit softer and retains the water better making for a fantastic lather and shave. There are different level of badger, of course too, but any and all will provide you the best shaving brush experience out there.
There are some variables involved but all but the cheapest shave brushes should last you for several years of regular use. Some of the super high-end brushes may last a lifetime but most will show a noticeable decline in performance after five-to-ten years.
A new brush will always shed in the beginning, but after 10 – 15 shaves, a good brush will stop shedding. Proper maintenance of the brush after the shave is critical. Keep it bristles down and use the shave stand.
Knot & Loft Size:
All shaving brushes have different dimensions. The two key ones are knot size - the diameter of the knot base, and the loft height, which is the height from the base to the top. As you can imagine, longer hairs will feel softer, but it also depends on the thickness of the hair. Some people prefer a big loft while others prefer a small one. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference, though the big diameter knot brushes with a high loft are generally softer and more expensive than the smaller brushes.
HOW TO USE A SHAVING BRUSH:
The first step to a great shave of course is to make sure your mug is clean and moist via hot water. Clean skin means no infections and the hot, moist skin means softer dermis and open pores. From there, here’s what you need to do:
SHAVING BRUSH MAINTENANCE
If you want your brush to stay high quality and look good you need to take care of it. Doesn’t take much work, but you gotta do the work. Basic steps are: