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The history of the shaving brush
The shaving brush is a great tool for building a good lather from a shaving soap or a shaving cream. The modern shaving brush has its history traced all the way back from the 1750s in France. Take your time massaging the lather with your shaving brush on your face and give your skin proper lubrication. The shaving brush prepares your skin and lifts the hairs so that the razor can get really close. It also softens your skin and removes dead skin cells.
There are shaving brushes of badger hair, shaving brushes of bore bristles or shaving brushes of synthetic hair. Badger hair shaving brushes are of different types - pure badger, fine badger/ best badger or super badger/silvertip badger. Silvertip badger is the finest hair of the badger and binds water very well. The size of the shaving brush head ranges from small, medium, large and extra large. A shaving brush of badger hair can last up to 10-15 years if you take good care of it. Avoid pressing the shaving brush at the bottom when you lather and rinse it after you have used it. Wipe it lightly with a towel and puff it nicely. Keep your shaving brush airy with good ventilation and not trapped in a closed environment if it is wet.
Pure badger - shaving brushes
Shaving brushes of pure badger often comes from the underbelly of the badger and are often black in color. This type of hair cover about 60 % of the badgers body. Pure badger shaving brushes are stiffer then other badger hair shaving brushes and gives a greater "peeling effekt". Many of todays pure badger brushes are trimmed to shape and that makes the end also a little bit rough.
Fine and best badger - shaving brushes
Fine and best badger hair comes from more pliable and finer hair compared to pure badger. These finer hairs cover about 20-25 % of the body and are longer and lighter in color. Fine and best badger shaving brushes are often not trimmed.
Super and silvertip badger shaving brushes
Super and silvertip hair comes from the neck of the badger and are thes finest and softes badger hair. These shaving brushes binds water very well. There are different opinions among the experts of which shaving brush that has the finest hair. A common difference between super and silvertip badger shaving brushes is that silverip hair i natural white a the tips. Super badger hair brushes can be of high grade badger hair that has been bleached to look more like natural silvertip. Bleached badger hair tend to look more grey white and a little "sterile" a the tips. But now are into small details. Super and silvertip badger hair are excellent hair, soft and nice.
Bore hair - shaving brushes
Shaving brushes of bore hair are stiffer than other badger hair shaving brushes. Some wetshavers only use bore hair brushes because they find the badger hair brushes to be too soft for their taste. A bore hair shaving brush works very well when you use a shaving soap. You also get a great "peeling effect" when the shaving brush prepare both your skin and beard for shaving.
Synthetic shaving brushes
Shaving brushes of synthetic fibre are the future! The development has improved a lot and Muhle from Germany are the leading company in the world. They produce two types, Black Fibre and Silvertip Fibre. The fibres are very long-lasting, soft and less sensitive for everyday use. A synthetic shaving brush needs less shaving cream or shaving soap to lather up and dries faster then shaving brushes of natural hair. The solid fibres make synthetic shaving brushes easier to clean and more hygienic.
Which shaving brush you choose depends a lot on your preferences. Generally, one can say that if you use shaving cream, a brush with long hair is suitable. If you use a shaving soap, a shaving brush with shorter hair is better. This is not set in stone as all shaving brushes will work with both shaving soap and shaving cream.
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