What is the Importance of Shaving Brushes?

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The Importance of Shaving Brushes

Shaving brushes are an important part of a shaving routine. They are as important as razors and can affect the look and feel of your shave just as razors can. So it is important to know what the different types of shaving brushes are and which one will be suitable for your specific needs.


Shaving Brushes


A shave brush like the Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush helps to mix water with the lather from a soap or shaving cream. You can get a richer lather if the brush can hold more water. When your lather is thicker and richer, you will get a shave that is smoother and closer. You are also less likely to nick or cut yourself if you have a good lather.

Using a shave brush to apply your shaving cream also helps to loosen dry and dead skin cells. This can further help to give you a smoother shave. Using a shave brush also helps to lift up the facial hair. It softens the hair, preparing it for the shave far more effectively than if you were to use your hands to work up the lather. You don’t need to apply a lot of pressure when shaving if you have used a brush to apply lather as the hair and skin has already become softer.

What are the different types of brushes and what are they made of? Modern brushes are often made of four distinct types of fibers. These are:
Hair of badgers  < Click here
Hair of boars      < Click here
Hair of horses    < Click here
No animal hair (synthetic fibers)   < Click here

Badger brush: Badger hair is the most popular and the oldest type used in brushes. Badger brush is made of four distinct grades of badger hair. These are silver tip, super, best and pure. Silver tip is the most expensive. It gives a very luxurious feel and will last for more than ten years. The super grade brush has a good density for holding water and is soft on the face and a little less expensive than a silver tip brush. The best grade brush is softer than the pure grade brush and can last up to six years. The pure grade brush is the least expensive of the four grades and will last up to three years. Although they are flexible, they might be coarser than the other grades of brushes.




Boar brush: Brushes made from boar hair are coarser than even the pure grade of brushes made from badger hair. They are also harder and less flexible. Over time, these brushes will soften but do not become as soft as the others. Still, these brushes are preferred by Italian barbers over other types of brushes.


Boar Brush Shaving Brushes


This is an example of a good quality boar brush Omega Shaving Brush #10048 Boar Bristle aka The PRO 48

Horse brush: Brushes made of horse hair is much softer and finer than those made of boar hair, but are not as flexible as those made of badger hair. They are the preferred brush hair for shave brushes in Spain. Here is a popular horse hair brush Vie-Long 04312 Professional Horse Hair Shaving Brush, Metal/Wooden Handle


Horse Brush Shaving Brushes


Synthetic brush: Synthetic brushes do not have animal hair in them. They are available in a variety of prices with qualities that match. The cheapest of them may have coarse hairs while the most expensive will have a very soft and comfortable feel that matches the most expensive brushes made of badger hairs. They dry faster than brushes made from animal hair. If you are allergic to animal hair or are a vegan or are environmentally conscious, then synthetic brushes are the go-to option. They also require less amounts of shaving cream when compared to brushes made of animal hair.


Synthetic Brush Shaving Brushes


One of our wet shavers here prefers the synthetic brush and to be honest, we found it in the women’s makeup aisle and it works great. Now Amazon.com has tons to choose from.

Choosing the brush that best suits your individual needs will be easier once you know the different types of brushes that are available.

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