If you are a modern day user of a cartridge razor, you probably have not heard of a shaving brush and its purpose. A shaving brush consists of a handle and the tip contains thousands of bristles that is used to mix shaving cream into a thick lather. It is also used to apply the cream or soap to your face before shaving. The price of a shaving brush can vary greatly and is dependent on the material used and also the quality of the bristles. The highest of which is made from a silvertip badger's hair and can cost more than $ 1000 for such a brush. However, do note that such brushes are extremely durable and can be passed down as an heirloom. If you are looking for a quality brush but do not want to unload hundreds on a brush, you can also get brushes that are made from horse's hair or hair from a boar.
Shaving brushes are most commonly used if you prefer a wet shave and shaving cream or foam is involved. The purpose of a shaving brush is used to work soft soap or shaving creams into a foam. This is done by dipping your brush into water and then mixing the cream and water into a thick lather. The more water the brush can hold, the thicker and richer the lather will be. This will translate into a better shave as a result and result in less razor burn. An added benefit that the bristles act as a light exfoliation on your face which can help clear impurities and also dirt. The mild action also softens and lifts hair before a shave, making it easier for the blade to run through and cut the facial hairs as intended.
To achieve the best result, ensure that you do not have too much water content in the cream to get a rich lather and apply a generous amount and move in a circular motion to ensure that it is even spread.
Using a shaving brush to mix shaving cream or soap is still a traditional way of shaving that many still love. The effect and feel of the brush on your face can not be replicated by the modern means of an instant shaving foam and is still a process that I still enjoy especially if I have the time during the weeks. Not only do I feel better during the shave, I get much less irritation that usual and my skin still feels refreshed after a shave.