Choosing a Shaving Brush. Badger, Boar, Horse or Synthetic?
The traditional favourite
Affordable alternative with its own following
Unusual alternative, unique characteristics and animal-friendly
The modern choice, now on a par with natural products
Are you looking to buy your first shaving brush and bamboozled by all the choices? Or perhaps looking to upgrade from your first brush? Read on, hopefully we can clarify things for you!
SYNTHETIC SHAVING BRUSHES
No longer just a tiny yard brush!
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These days things have changed completely and quality synthetic brushes rival badger hair for softness and water retention, whilst also being more resistant to the effects of damp (e.g. when thrown into a wash bag without being properly dried out).
Names to look out for are Kent's "Silvertex" and Muhle's "Black Fibre" and "Silvertip Fibre"
BADGER HAIR SHAVING BRUSHES
The Traditional Favourite
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BOAR BRISTLE SHAVING BRUSHES
Traditional, affordable alternative to badger hair.
Boar bristle shaving brushes have been a popular choice for many years, and for good reason. A key feature of boar bristles is their stiffness, which makes them ideal for exfoliating the skin and lifting facial hair for a closer shave, not mention picking up soap from a hard puck. Boar bristles, once broken in, also have natural split ends that help to hold water and create a rich lather with shaving cream or soap. They are also highly durable and can withstand frequent use without losing their shape or texture.
Boar bristle shaving brushes are an affordable option for those looking for a quality shaving brush and have their own devoted following.
HORSE HAIR SHAVING BRUSHES
The animal-friendly natural choice
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THE SHAVING BRUSH HANDLE
What about the brush handle material? Does it matter?
Frankly, no, it doesn't. Handle material is more of a personal, aesthetic choice and will make little difference to performance.
Having said that, it should be noted that wooden handles require more care than other materials. They should not be soaked in water for any length of time, nor dropped. Furthermore, paint finishes inevitably have a limited lifespan - but they can look great and generally are not too expensive.
ANY BRUSH IS BETTER THAN NO BRUSH!
Whatever cream, soap or gel you use, you'll get better results with a shaving brush
That's our final message - if you don't have a brush, just get one!
By all means spend money on one with stunning handle material, a unique style or top of the line knot, but if you're on a budget, just get something cheap.
A brush will both improve your lather and help to lift the hairs of your beard before shaving. Once you go brush you won't go back!