If you’re a fan of a wet shave, then chances are you will have used a shaving brush in conjunction with a razor. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which ones are the best for you? A great debate rages in the shaving world, and it centres around whether or not badger hair shaving brushes are the best ones for the job, or whether the more modern synthetic options can match their traditional counterparts. We had a look at what each type of brush has to offer your shaving routine, along with a few of our favourites for the job.
Badger hair brushes
Badger shaving brushes are the ultimate traditional grooming tool. There are various different types of badger hair brushes. Best badger brushes are made with the finer, more pliable hairs of the badger’s body whilst Pure badger brushes use the most common hair from the underbelly of a badger. Silvertip badger brushes tend to be the most expensive, as it’s the most rare type of badger hair used, and these differ slightly in appearance from the other two as the tips of the hair are naturally white.
The benefits of using a shaving brush in general are that it works your preferred shaving foam or soap into a rich lather. However, due to the slightly coarse nature of badger hair, badger shaving brushes also act as a mild exfoliator. This means a pre-shave routine of washing and exfoliating skin isn’t necessary.
Often finished with an ivory or porcelain handle, a badger hair shaving brush is the ultimate luxury item.