For people with full beards that never find themselves using a razor, badger or boar hair brushes can still be a useful tool. When using a shaving brush prior to a shave, the brush exfoliates the skin, opens up the pores, softens, and stimulates the hair. The greatest benefit of using a shaving brush to clean facial hair is the prevention and treatment of beard itch. Beard itch is the all-but-unavoidable itch that bearded men get. You might find this happening when first growing your beard, or after a trim. Maybe you feel it after a change in weather or after a long day. Shaving brushes will penetrate layers of hair to clean and exfoliate at the base, soothing irritated skin in the process.
If your primary purpose for your brush is cleaning your beard, we recommend some of the coarser grades of hair that we offer. AAA or “pure” grade badger hair is thicker and stiffer than best grade or silvertip, and will have an easier time getting through layers of hair and cleansing the skin underneath. Boar’s hair is perhaps the best option for beard cleaning, and is the toughest, strongest hair you will find on a shaving brush.
To clean your beard with a shaving brush, wet your brush and beard with hot water. Use your brush to work you favorite mild soap or facial cleanser into a rich lather. Apply the soap on your face and beard using your brush like you would shaving cream. Rinse with hot water and pat dry with a warm towel. Follow up with your favorite beard oil or balm.