A good quality shaving brush is a key component in achieving a smooth, close, satisfying shave.
A shaving brush helps to produce a rich shaving lather, lift and soften the beard hair, and improve the overall wet-shave quality. If you use a hard shaving soap, use of a shaving brush is absolutely essential.
Shaving brushes also help to reduce the chance of in-growing hairs, stimulate facial blood supply, and gently massage and exfoliate your face, removing dead skin cells that can cause irritation. This results in a great post-shave feel-good factor.
The English Shaving Company offer shaving brushes with a number of different fills, including both synthetic fibre and badger hair. Badger hair shaving brushes come in different grades, with the highest grade having the finest and softest hairs. From lowest to highest the grades are: pure badger, best badger, and silver-tip badger. If you prefer a stiffer, coarser feel to your brush, we would suggest a pure or best badger shaving brush. If you like a soft and luxurious feeling brush, we would recommend a super badger or silver tip shaving brush.
Previously, synthetic shaving brushes could not rival the lathering qualities of natural badger hair. However, advancements in synthetic fibres have come a long way in recent years and it is now possible to achieve a similar level of performance with a synthetic shaving brush. Also, no animal product is used in the production of a synthetic shaving brush, making them ideal for vegetarian or vegan shavers.
A shaving brush produces a thick and creamy lather which is simply impossible to recreate with your fingers. The construction of the shaving brush with hundreds, if not thousands, of individual hairs allows it to hold plenty of water and agitate the soap or cream at many different points, creating a wonderfully unctuous and luxurious lather.
You can check out our blog post for more information along with a few suggestions of our favourite shaving brushes.