Look in the bathroom of any well-groomed European and you'll probably find a shaving brush. These tools have been favorites of the Euro set for hundreds of years, but have yet to go mainstream in the States.
However, with the American male's newfound fondness for the grooming arts, the popularity of shaving brushes is on the rise. Nowadays, more and more American men are realizing the shaving, aesthetic and cultural benefits of using such tools. Let’s get you in the loop right now...
When purchasing a shaving brush, it's simply gotta'be made of badger. Badger brushes will remain soft and pliable over time and come in a variety of grades, including Standard, Best and Super (hair gets softer as you go up and higher-priced brushes are usually hand-assembled).
Shaving brushes improve the quality of every shave by:
Softening Skin: Brushes get underneath the beard, allowing shaving products to further penetrate and tenderize.
Raising Whiskers: While below the beard, the brush stands facial hair at attention, making it easier for the razor to remove it. Brushes also help to lift out stubborn ingrown hairs by acting as a light exfoliant. This is in direct contrast to shave cream application by hand, which tends to mat down facial hair.
Creating A Slick Barrier: The moistened brush, combined with shaving cream, creates an ultra-lubricated coat upon which a razor can glide. Consequently, less razor pressure is required to achieve a close shave.
The Lather: The warm and pleasant lather a brush creates is simply the cherry on top.
Any shave, with or without a brush, should begin with a face that is clean, warm and moist. Then, follow these steps:
After each shave: