WCS Beacon Black Synthetic Brush" If you are new into Wet Shaving world, we recommend the WCS Black Black Synthetic brush, it comes at a great price and is a best seller on our store. Click here to buy. Click here to buy.
Shaving Brush Education
- What is a Shaving Brush for and what are the benefits?
- How to use a Shaving Brush
- Differences between types of Shaving Brushes
- Shaving Brush Terminology
What is a Shaving Brush for and what are the benefits?
- Essential Tool: The Shaving brush is an essential tool in the traditional wet shaving process. Shaving Brushes are used to first and foremost create a thick and creamy lather that you will use for your shave. And Traditional Wet Shaving gets you the best shave of your life.
- Better for Your Skin: Shaving Brushes help exfoliate your skin with the gentle scrubbing motion you use while making your lather. The shaving brush also helps to get rid of dirt and oil buildup on the surface of the skin therefore making the skin as smooth as possible. This helps prevent ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and any irritation that you may be used to.
- Better for Your Shave: The bristles from the shaving brushes help lift and suspend your facial hair into the shaving cream, making the hairs easier cut during the shave because they standing straight up.
- Reflects Who You Are: Because of the wide variety of shaving brushes, not only will you find one that is going to be just right for you your face, you can also find one that matched your personality. From faux ivory shaving brushes for that classic look to wild resin designs that will make your brush pop in the middle of all your shaving toiletries, you will find the perfect shaving brush for you.
How to use a Shaving Brush
Check out these videos with Aviv and Jared from our team that help walk you through how to use a shaving brush.
Differences between types of Shaving Brushes and Picking the right Shaving Brush
There are a few different type of shaving brushes. Check out the video where we walk through some of the differences and read our recommendations and breakdown below.
Synthetic brushes have come a long way in the last few years. Previously we might have only recommended these brushes to a traveler or a value shopper, but now we think these brushes are great for almost everyone. They are both a good value and provide excellent quality. Synthetics are made of a synthetic nylon fiber and contain no animal hair.
Synthetic Shaving Brush Recommendations
WCS Ancient Stone Torch Synthetic Shaving BrushLooking to step up you synthetic brush game? Then checkout out our WCS Ancient Stone Torch Synthetic Shaving Brush. We source material from Europe to make some special looking brushes Click here to buy.
Badger Hair- Highest Quality (Silvertip)
Badger hair comes in a variety of qualities. We are going to describe them in groups of Highest and Beginner. Highest includes Finest, Super and Silvertip. These are the creme de la creme of shaving brushes. These shaving brushes provide the feeling of a Barbershop shave right at home. The highest quality badger brushes are great at retaining heat and water (just soak your brush in warm water for a few minutes before your shave) and this heat will transfer over to your lather. The Finest, Super and Silvertip shaving brushes all have soft tips that provide a luxurious experience while lathering, silvertips being the softest.
Highest Quality Shaving Brush Shaving Brush Recommendations
WCS Beacon Shaving Brush, Silvertip, IvoryIf you want the luxurious Silvertip hair at a great price, we recommend the WCS Silvertip with this faux Ivory handle. Click here to buy.
Simpsons Chubby 3 Shaving Badger Shaving brushIf you want the best of the best, we recommend the Simpson Chubby 3. These knots are hand tied in England and are some of the densest knots in the market. Click here to buy.
Badger Hair- Beginner Quality (Pure Badger)
These include Pure & Best Badger Brushes. Beginner Quality badger brushes are still great at holding heat and water retention like the Highest Quality counterparts but lack in the soft tips. The tips on Beginner Quality badger brushes have more of a scritch to them and will not be as soft on your face while lathering. The Beginner Quality badger brushes are the perfect place to take a dive into the world of badger without breaking the bank.
Pure Badger Shaving Brush Recommendations
WCS Beacon Shaving Brush, Pure BadgerIf you want to try out a badger hair brush at a lower price point, we recommend the WCS Pure Badger, black handle. The 24mm Knot will provide you with a great lather. Click here to buy.
Edwin Jagger Best Shave Travel Brush with CaseIf you are a traveler, there is a great Best Badger brush that we recommend. Edwin Jagger Best Badger Travel Brush with Case, Ivory. This brush comes with a plastic case to make it easy for storage and travel. Click here to buy.
In the beginning of using a boar brush you will notice it is stiffer and a bit scritchy. These shaving brushes have a break in period to them, meaning that the more you use them, the softer the tips will get. Make sure to soak your boar brush in warm water for at least 5 minutes before your shave, this will help the boar bristles soften up for a better face feel. Boar Brushes are great for someone who is looking for more scrub on your face during the lathering, great backbone, and some heat retention.
Boar Shaving Brush Recommendations
Semogue 830 Pure Bristle Shaving BrushThis is by far our favorite in this category. Semogue makes an excellent Boar brush, and this specific one is loved by all wet shavers across the world. Click here to buy.
Abbate Y La Mantia Boar Shaving BrushMeet our new high end boar without the high end price. This boar features a larger 26mm knot compared to most boar knots and has a stunning purple handle.Click here to buy.
The bristle in a Horse Hair shaving brush comes from horse hair trimmings. This is great for someone that wants a natural hair brush, but is more concerned about the animals well being. Horse hair shaving brushes are softer than their boar counterparts. While they do not have the same water and heat retention as many of the Highest Quality badger brushes, they do an adequate job in that area.
Vie-Long 1408 Horse Hair brushVie-Long is an industry leader in the horse hair world. One of our favorites that they make is the 14080 Horse Hair Shaving Brush.Click here to buy.
Shaving Brush terms
There are a few terms that are important to understand, and because they will get thrown out there a bunch it may be hard to keep up. Check out this video or read the definitions below.
What is a Handle in a shaving Brush?
The part of the brush you hold onto while use.
What is a Knot in a shaving Brush?
The top portion of the brush comprised of the bristles.
What is the Knot Size in a shaving Brush?
The diameter of the base of the knot.
What is the Knot Loft in a shaving Brush?
The distance between the top of the handle to the top of the knot.
What is the Glue Bump in a shaving Brush?
The hard part in the base of the knot that contains the glue that holds the fibers together.
What is the Free Loft in a shaving brush?
The distance between from where you feel the glue bump end to the top of the knot.
What is Backbonein a shaving brush?
The amount of resistance felt when the brush is splayed on your face.
What is the Splay in a shaving brush?
How far the bristles widen when the brush is pressed up against your face.
What is Scritch in a shaving brush?
The roughness on the tips the fiber/bristle when lathering against your face.