A shaving brush is the second most important tool in your shaving tool box, but it is often the one that is least thought about. The best shaving brushes are made with badger hair (called badger hair knots). A badger hair brush, when correctly used, exfoliates the skin, opens up the pores, and stimulates the hair follicles so the hairs stand up straighter which gives a gentleman a closer and more comfortable shave.
Between shavings, badger hair brushes can be used with mild soap to clean beard and mustache hair as the bristles can reach below the hairline to the hair follicles and properly exfoliate and clean the skin.
One frequent problem for many individuals are ingrown hairs, otherwise known as shaving bumps. Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it. Anyone can have ingrown hairs, but they occur more often in African-Americans, and Latinos. People with thick or curly hair can develop a type of ingrown hair called pseudofolliculitis. This is where a badger hair brush can really come in handy, as the best treatment for pseudofolliculiti is prevention by keeping the area clean and hair follicle stimulation. As you use your brush regularly, you should have less ingrown hairs.
So What Type of Badger Hair Brush is Right for You?
That depends on your skin type:
- For dry or sensitive skin: choose Super Silvertip. This grade is very soft while still providing plenty of exfoliation. It is good for middle-aged and older clients who need exfoliation but have slightly more delicate skin. It is also our most luxurious shaving brush.
- For skin that’s right in the middle (not too oily, not too dry): choose Best grade. It offers less exfoliation than the AAA grade, but has nice soft tips. Great for young thirty somethings whose skin is no longer oily but still needs proper exfoliation without being too abrasive.
- For oily skin or skin prone to shaving bumps, choose AAA Pure grade. This type of hair is great for exfoliation - it opens the pores and cleans them really well, but can be abrasive on sensitive skin.