Choosing the Right Shaving Brush

Sam Frogley, Director of Sam & Son and Shave-Shack.com.au, and expert on men's shaving gives Get Frank some tips on how to choose the right shaving brush.

Your shaving brushes importance is fundamental in achieving the smoothest shave every time, but there is such a variety in shaving brushes and mostly you only get to look at a small online picture that it is hard to make an informed choice, so here is a little about choosing the right brush for you.

Badger hair is the best; it's the hair of choice because it holds in moisture which creates the lather inside the brush, sure the other options (boar bristle, horse hair, synthetic...etc) have pro's but badger is the best. Badger hair is sorted and graded and whilst there is no universal standard it generally follows:

 - Pure Badger (entry level)
 - 2-Band
 - Best Badger
 - Silver-Tip (the softest and most luxurious)

Read more about Badger Hair Grades.

As Badgers are an endangered species in most parts of the world, even if you are buying the most expensive English or European Shaving Brush it will be using Chinese Badger Hair.

If you are looking for your first brush, only spend what you are comfortable with, this first brush will soon become your travel brush when you upgrade to a better brush in the future. When you do upgrade you might want to look at a fan shaped knot, this has a more luxurious feel as more of the brushes tip are lathering on your face. If you are choosing your brush from a store choose a brush with light creamy tips, this will be softer and more luxurious, likewise ask your online vendor to select the best amongst his stock for you as they are a natural product there are slight differences amongst brushes.

The handle was traditionally matched to the quality and expense of the brush and today's brushes are beginning this again and moving away from plastic and resin to more choices being available.

A quality Shaving Brush is an investment that will last for years of shaving pleasure!

 
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