Introduced by the French in the 18th century, shaving brushes have revolutionized the art of shaving. Before they were introduced, men would actually use sea sponges to create that perfect lather. Today, you will find most of the brushes out on the market will either fall under badger, boar, or possibly horse hair, the most common being badger and boar. If you are looking to get into shaving brushes for the first time, a boar bristled brush might be right down your alley. It is coarser than badger as well as stiffer but that only means a cheaper price tag, which is why it is a good idea for your first brush.
It’s important to get a feel for as many different quality brushes as you can, so you can find what works for your skin as well as your pocket. Badger hair brushes are higher quality, with a softer bristle, and a soothing feel against the skin. Badger is a little more advance of the shaving brushes because there are four different types of badger hair; pure, best, super, and silver tip. This ranges from pure being the lower quality, and silver tip being the highest quality you can buy. If you invest in a silver tip shaving brush, you can be safe to say that you won’t have to buy another one for the rest of your shaving days.
These, unlike the friendly badger the hair was taken from, are meant to last. The reason why men have put down the aerosol cans and picked up the brush and cream, is because of the quality of shave you will receive with a wet shave. When using a brush you will notice that it will generate a warm, thick lather as well lift and soften the hair to be ready for shaving. Using a brush will also gently exfoliate the skin and get rid of those dead cells left on your face. You will find all your shaving needs, from introductory brushes starting at $15 all the way up to the highest quality silver tips at $160 at Uomo Modern Barber.