Badger hair shaving brushes explained


Shaving brushes are often over looked by most men but the benefits are bringing the old stalwart back to life. Why? Well, a good quality badger hair shaving brush has excellent water retention properties as well as being able to hold your desired shaving cream – all added up it creates a rich lather resulting in less razor skipping and dragging, both of which can cause a poor quality shave and or irritation. The shave brush will also mildly exfoliate your skin which is important for removing dead skin cells and debris before you shave. Finally, a shave brush, applied in a gentle circular motion, will soften and lift your beard, raising hairs individually, allowing for a clean, thorough and less irritating swipe by your razor. Applying shave cream by hand can flatten hair and cause it to plat together. Always remember to shave with a clean and sharp blade.

The benefits of a shaving brush are clear, the next question is which one do you choose? We’ve enlisted the help of shaving experts eShave to explain:

Fine Badger

Best suited for first time users. Better than a pure badger this good quality badger hair is available at an affordable price. It is a good quality hair that will soften with time. This brush should last several years with minimal maintenance.

Finest Badger

Best value for money, the finest badger hair is a high quality hair that is hand assembled. It is soft at the tip yet resistant enough to last many years. Upgrade to it as soon as you know you will be using your brush regularly.

Silvertip Badger

A must have for the serious shaver. It is the ultimate quality in badger hair. It is the softest and has the most resistance to hair. Silvertip brush heads are hand assembled and should last 10 years or more when used properly (without pressure on brush when lathering), stored adequately ( hair down to dry in an open space) and with minimal maintenance (no pulling nor twisting of hair. Just rinse, shake excess water and hang hair down to dry).

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Chris Beastall

Chris is the Founder and Editor of Ape to Gentleman. His interests lie in men's style, male grooming and leading a better lifestyle - through minimalist, basic and clean design.