How to choose the right shaving brush


The art of getting the perfect shave at home can seem difficult to master, but it’s all about having the right tools. While we’re all focused on getting good quality razors and buying shaving creams that suit our skin type, the one tool that doesn’t get the attention it needs is a shaving brush.

Don’t you think it’s important to have a good quality shaving brush? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. A good quality shaving brush helps turn your at-home shave into a salon-quality experience

How to choose the right shaving brush?

Choosing the type of shaving brush you need can be confusing, there are an array of options to choose from. But how do we decide? What are the parameters? Well, that’s where we come in!

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Here are the 3 elements to consider when choosing the right shaving brush:

1. Brush stiffness: A harder brush will retain less water. This makes it harder to lather. If you prefer a stronger brush, a shaving brush with strong bristles would be the best option.

2. Shape of the handle: A shaving brush handle should fit snugly in your hand and provide adequate grip during the lathering and application process. The brush is made up of three parts: bristles, a knot and a handle. The width of the node most determines the width of the handle. The loft height of the brush simply refers to the distance between the handle and the bristles. Overall, pick a brush with a handle that fits your hand.

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3. Hairs: Over the past decade, we have seen a shift towards cruelty-free skincare and beauty products. While people of old used shaving brushes made with real animal hair like boar, badger and horse. Although it depends on your personal preference, today’s synthetic shaving brushes are made with high quality polyester that is soft and smooth on the skin.

What types of shaving bushes are available?

Most shaving brushes on the market are made with badger fur, boar bristles or synthetic fibers. Some companies also use horsehair to make brushes.


Badger hair is the most popular, coveted, and expensive badger material. The bristles are soft and skin-friendly and the fibers contain a lot of water. Badger hair shaving brushes are popular due to their ability to retain water and retain heat.

Wild boar:

Hair obtained from wild boars is firmer than badger hair and is initially coarse, which is uncomfortable for the skin. The coarser structure of the bristles makes it ideal for lathering soaps as it allows you to easily stir the surface of the soap. The tips of the bristles will soften and feel more broken over time, but they will never feel as soft on the face as badger hair.


Synthetic brushes have come a long way. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a synthetic brush and a high quality badger brush in some circumstances. That’s why you should always read the product page/packaging to make sure it’s synthetic and cruelty-free.

Why use a shaving brush?

Using a shaving brush has many advantages. Besides the fact that the shaving bushes help to reach under your facial hair, letting the shaving cream/soap penetrate the skin and protect your skin from the blade, they:

1. Helps form a rich, warm lather

2. It helps soften and loosen facial hair

3. It helps open pores

4. It gently exfoliates the surface of the skin to rid it of dead cells before your shave

How to use a shaving brush for the perfect shave?

A father teaching his son how to shave properly is a rite of passage that has been going on for generations. Did your dad forget how to properly use a shaving brush and focus on the razor? Do not worry! We have you.

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Using a badger is very simple. All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

1. Dip your brush in lukewarm water.

2. Place a drop of shaving cream on the badger.

3. Lather onto your face using the brush in a light circular motion.

4. Make sure the face is coated with a generous amount of lather.

5. After that, simply cut the lather using a good quality razor and enjoy a smooth shave!

How to take care of your shaving brush?

A good badger can last a long time if properly cared for. You need to take care of your brush if you want it to maintain its great quality and appearance. How? Just follow the steps below:

1. After shaving, rinse the brush with warm water and “flick” the bristles of the brush to remove any excess water.

2. Place the brush face down (or hair down) on a shaving stand (one is included with the brush) so that the water flows down rather than into the brush.

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3. Keep the brush on the counter instead of in a cupboard so it can “breathe”. You can also get a brush holder that helps keep your bristles dry and clean.

4. Pulling or tugging the hair can weaken the hair knot and cause the brush to lose more hair. The brushes shed a little early, so keep that in mind.

To wrap up

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 take care of it properly.

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