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If you want to know where to buy shaving brushes then read on. There are many brands of brushes on the market and range vastly in price. This is due to the numerous options available for the bristles and then the quality of workmanship gone into the making. At the bottom end of the price range are brushes made from pig hair. These bristles are very stiff and a little bit scratchy. The pig brushes tend to be small in size with the bristles are almost always light brown or sandy in colour.
You will pay more for badger hair and again the price on these varies dependent on which part of the animal the hair comes from. One thing they all have in common is that the hair is all sourced from China. European badgers are an endangered species but in China they are classified as a pest and are a source of food for many people. The pelt is a by product and sold for it's bristles.
Badger is the best hair for shaving due to it's natural ability to retain just the right amount of water at the tip of each hair. To get the most out of a brush you should look for one made purely from badger hair. Badger is the best known material for the retention of water making it perfect for shaving brushes.
When you use a shaving brush you will find that you can obtain a dense lather from just a very small amount of soap so a pot or bar is going to last many months. A relatively inexpensive pot of soap or creme is saving you money and reducing your waste to landfill with no more empty foam cans to throw away.
Badger hair brushes do need to be broken in, this can take up to a few weeks of use before the brush will begin to create a lather at the desired level of performance. You will know if the brush is new because it will have an animal smell about it, this will quickly fade after a couple of weeks use and take on the scent of your favorite product. When you dip your brush into a bowl of hot water, after a quick shake it will still hold enough moisture to quickly whip up a decent lather from either a shaving soap or cream. When you apply the lather use a circular motion as this will lift your facial hair from your skin creating a lubricating barrier for a smooth shave. You need to look after your brush and the best way of storing a it is on a purpose built stand with the brush hanging upside down to dry out.
Score yourself a badger brush today you won't be disappointed.
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