Preparation is everything! This is especially true with shaving. So looking after your shaving brush is an essential part of ensuring you have a good close shave every time.
A badger hair shaving brush is a natural product that with loving care should last ten to fifteen years. When you get a new brush it is quite natural for a few loose hairs to come away from the brush in the first few weeks; these are shorter hairs that did not quite reach the glue in the base and this should not be a cause for concern. This will mostly be the case for brushes with hair other than badger too. (See our guide "Traditional English Handmade Badger Shaving Brushes")
Before use, wet your brush thoroughly in warm water, for a couple of minutes if possible, then dip the tip of your brush into the shaving cream or soap and lather gently on your face using a light circular or up and down motion. When applying the shaving cream do not apply too much pressure and cause the badger hair to splay...be gentle. Remember, it's only the tips of the brush which produce the lather. Take your time and work the lather in , you'll get a much smoother shave if you do!
After shaving, rinse the brush gently but thoroughly in clean water, flick the excess water away and place the brush in a stand with the hair pointing down. If you do not have a stand, leave the brush pointing up rather than horizontal, so that air can get to all the hairs and dry the brush naturally.
Natural hair that is left wet can develop mildew; try to avoid enclosing a wet brush in too small an enclosed space. If you keep it in the bathroom cabinet ensure that it has sufficient space to dry. If you shave away from home and keep your shaving brush in a travel tube or kit bag, give it an opportunity to dry as soon as you can. If your brush becomes affected by mildew or a build up of soap, soak it in a solution of Borax, which can be obtained from a pharmacy.
Here at Razor Sharp Male we stock shaving brushes and razors by Edwin Jagger, manufacturer of the world's finest hand made shaving accessories!
How to look after your shaving brush!
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5 February 2007
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