When you wake up in the morning, what do you do first?
You check your phone. Obviously!
After that, you freshen up and admire yourself in front of the mirror!
Then and there, you decide whether it is THE day to get rid of that facial hair or keep it as a crowning glory, right?
Let’s say, you decide to shave.
From now on every time you decide to shave, this article is going to be your go-to mantra for shaving. I want you to pay attention to the How, Why and What of using a shaving brush and appreciate the simple but powerful shaving tool.
Talking of the Who, the obvious question is Who should use a shaving brush?
Well, anyone who has facial hair to shave off.
On a serious note, gents these days are more inclined towards aerosol can with foam or gel that has consistent lather. I would tell these gentlemen to experience a true shave the old fashioned way with a shaving brush and shaving cream or soap. And the ones who appreciate the art of creating lather everyday know the benefits of using a shaving brush.
Now speaking of the whys, the answer is quite palpable.
While shaving, you need to create a rich lather for a smooth shave and a shaving brush is your real savior. Pairing a safety or straight razor with a shaving brush is a deadly combination. And leads to a super smooth shave…plus admiration from all around you.
Many people ask me this question, “Why use a shaving brush when you can apply lather with your hands?”I tell them in simple words.
“Treat your face well. Buying a shaving brush isn’t expensive, neglect is!”
We generally tend to neglect the fact that using a shaving brush can be a boon for the skin.
How? You ask!
A shaving brush will gently exfoliate your skin, remove the impurities and increase blood flow to the face.
Isn’t that a great thing for you?
And guys, anyway don’t go that extra inch to take care of their faces.
Now that you are well-versed with the Who, Why and How of using a shaving brush, you want to buy and use it.
But how to get the perfect shaving brush?
A task in-itself?
Yes and No.
Yes, if you are scrolling down the various e-commerce websites to get one and No, if you are looking out for guidance that educates you well about the type of shaving brush you should buy.
The difference between something good and something great is the attention to detail.
The fun part where you use a shaving brush to generate lather from a shaving cream or soap. The brush helps exfoliate your skin and lift the hair for a smooth, close shave!
In a shaving brush, you need to be particular about two distinct parts of the brush: handle and the bristles.
You should want your shaving brush to look good and have a great grip with the bristles blooming!
Today, we see witness that the handles material is synthetics like nylon or plastic as they last longer. If you need something better, then go for resin, wood, alloy, marble, or tortoise shell.
Coming to the bristles part, there are two main yardsticks of the bristles –
1. Loft: This is the length of the bristles from the top of the handle to the top of the hair. The average loft size is ~ 50 (+/-5) mm.
2. Knot: How many bristles are packed into the handle and its width. The average knot size is around 20 (+/- 2) mm.
As a precaution, you should take a step back from using shaving brushes whose width of bristles at base and top are exactly the same. All good brushes will have a width at the top that is 1.5 to 2X of width at the base. A greater width will allow for more face pampering via better control.
This is it.
I hope you now know the A to Z of using a shaving brush.
After all, we all search for answers when in a fix, right?
Whether you are new or experienced, you can always learn a thing or two and create superb lather with a shaving brush. Experience the #PinkWoolfShave
More on this amazing wet shaving tool called shaving brush, let us know what you think in the comments below. Till then, Happy Shaving!