If soap is your shaving lubricant of choice, then a brush is crucial for ensuring proper application
If soap is your shaving lubricant of choice, then a brush is crucial for ensuring proper application. The traditional shaving brush has been around for centuries, with a design that has remained classically consistent; long bristles and a smooth handle that can be held between thumb and forefinger.
The most important part of a shaving brush is the bristles, with the finest brushes made with real badger hair, used for its ability to hold significant amounts of water which can be mixed effectively with shaving soap to create the perfect, rich and luxurious lather. Thicker and more emollient lather translates to less razor skipping and dragging; resulting in a closer and cleaner shave.
Bristles have the ability to lift hairs and stubble up off the skin, which leaves facial hair softer and more easily removed by a razor. This process also leads shaving brushes to act as an exfoliator, as they help to remove dirt and dead skin and reducing blemishes.
The final benefit of a shaving brush is perhaps less quantifiable, but we think using a brush definitely makes shaving more enjoyable. Using a nice, effective piece of equipment improves any task, so invest in a badger hair brush and start looking forward to your daily shave.
Here's a quick summary of the badger hair shaving brushes available at Murdock:
Mountbatten badger hair brushes use coarser hair due to its larger shaft and is darker in colour due to the natural markings of the animal. It is excellent at retaining water and providing an impressive lather. Often preferred by men who prefer a slightly stiffer texture. The fine tips of the hairs help to make a smooth and creamy lather, while the remarkable softness of badger hair cleanses the face gently, ensuring a comfortable and close shave.
Windsor badger hair brushes use hair that has been graded and selected to provide a superior performance over other grades of badger hair. It has a softer feel on the skin and is excellent for lifting and preparing dry beard hair. These brushes create an excellent lather so are perfect for men with sensitive skin.