Make your daily ritual even more pleasurable with a top notch wet shaving brush.
Perhaps it’s that feeling of reaching a level of sophistication only seen in old movies. Maybe, it’s that pampered spa-like feeling you get as you swirl the soft bristles over your skin.
Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure, every man deserves a quality wet shaving brush.
How do you know which one to purchase? Here are a few tips to help you make the right decision.
Boars, Badgers, and Bristles…
Ask this question before starting your search: What type of bristles do I want my wet shaving brush to be made out of? There are positives and negatives to each, so let’s review some of the key points:
Synthetic Positives –An obvious pro to purchasing a synthetic brush is its affordability. With prices starting as low as $5 nearly anyone can fit a shaving brush into their budget. On the plus side, many synthetic brushes are actually quite good!
Synthetic Negatives – Unfortunately, sometimes you get what you pay for. Synthetic bristles are nylon, Luma, man-made, and hypoallergenic. Poorly made synthetic bristles also don’t hold water very well, which can make it difficult to generate a thick and luxurious lather.
Boar Positives – The natural bristles are higher quality than those in synthetic fibers, and tend to be more durable and water retaining. Their price may be slightly higher, but the results will be as well.
Boar Negatives – Unfortunately boar bristles are apt to a scratchy texture and brittleness. Both of which can cause skin irritation if you’re not careful.
Badger Positives – For the shaving connoisseur nothing compares to the famous bristles in a badger brush. Its softness will never cause skin irritation and irritability. Moreover, it’s capacity to hold water ensures a barber-shop-quality soapy lather.
Badger Negatives – Depending on the badger bristles, prices can shoot as high as a whopping $1200.
Choosing the right wet shaving Brush Handle
As you expertly slather the suds on your face, you’ll want a good grip on your sophisticated shaving tool. Finding an amazing handle is the next step in choosing the right brush. From durable plastic, to refined wood, manly metal, and even top-notch tortoise shell, the array of options are endless. Choose based on your wants, needs, and style. Have fun with this!
Maintain your wet shaving brush like a pro
Once you’ve chosen the perfect brush for you, it’s important to take good care of it. After use, make sure to thoroughly cleanse soap from the brush with warm water. Never twist or wring the bristles. Instead gently flick the excess water off before storing the brush upside down on your shaving stand.
Which style do you prefer? Have a favorite brush? Share in the comments below!