A key element to getting the perfect shave is knowing how to properly use a shaving brush. We covered the benefits of shaving brushes along with a brief overview of the various types of brushes available in the marketplace in A Guide to Shaving Brushes: Part 1, but today we’re going to spend time reviewing proper lather building technique, tips for ensuring a longer-lasting brush, as well as our favorite way to clean your shaving brush.
6 Steps to the Perfect Shaving Lather
For the sake of this guide, we’ll be following a “face lathering” approach which is simple to learn and works extremely well with softer shaving cream formulas like our Black Tie Shaving Cream.
What you’ll need:
You want to make sure that the water used here (and anytime with your shaving brush) is warm to the touch and not too hot (if it’s too hot, you can actually damage the brush hairs, which gets translated into “splitting” or “fraying” of the tips of the bristles). A good rule of thumb is any water that is too hot for your skin is too hot for your brush.
You’ll know you have a good lather when it’s rich and you can no longer see skin — typically 20-60 seconds worth of lather building. As a rule of thumb, the longer you whisk, the richer the lather, the smoother the shave and the more your skin will be protected.
For even better results, allow your brush to dry vertically such that the bristles are pointed down, which will ensure little-to-no moisture buildup in the brush’s knot ( we have a great stainless steel universal brush stand for this purpose pictured below with our Thater x OneBlade Silvertip Badger Brush).
And voila — with these steps, you’ll be on your way to building incredible lathers for better shaves and better skin.
7 Tips to Ensure a Longer Lasting Shaving Brush
The following tips are general instructions on how to get the most use out of your shaving brush. Keep in mind that a brand-new brush will naturally shed some bristles — these are likely shorter hairs that did not quite reach the knot’s adhesive base and this should not be a cause for concern.
A Super Easy & Highly Effective Way to Clean Your Shaving Brush
If your brush begins to smell, becomes affected by mildew, or seems to have a build-up of dry soap, it’s a good time to give it a nice cleaning. The below Castile Soap + White Vinegar method works great, is ultra-affordable, and will ensure that you’re not damaging your brush with harmful chemicals.
What you’ll need:
With the above method, it's important to always rinse the brush thoroughly in between your Castile soap and vinegar steps as these do not mix well (Castile soap is a base and vinegar is an acid that, when combined, create unsaponified soap). But used individually with water rinsing in between and they're a perfect pair.
Hopefully we have addressed every question you may have about shaving brushes in this post or our part 1 blog, but if you’d like any additional assistance, please don't hesitate to comment below or email us at email@example.com.
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