Listen guys…we know it’s easy to say “to-may-to”, “to-mah-to” when it comes to shaving. We live in a word with a plethora of cheap disposable razors, abrasive after shave lotions and itchy synthetic shaving brushes. But when it comes to your face, there is no reason to endure red, bumpy razor burn for a few bucks. Although it may not be as inexpensive as using your fingers, we love a genuine badger hair shaving brush.
It may sound a bit over-the-top…like your Grandmother’s giant mink coat, but a genuine badger hair brush can better be compared to a genuine pig skin football. It’s the real thing, it’s high quality and it handles quite nicely!
Use a genuine badger hair brush rather than a cheap boar’s hair brush (take a second to think of boar’s hair…yes, it is stiff and prickly). Badger hair is comfortable on your face and holds water to ensure the perfect lather. Bigger badger hair brushes hold more water and create a thick later more quickly, but a smaller one will work too. Just soak your brush in hot water for a few seconds, get some shaving cream on there and brush it up and down your face until you’ve got a nice, frothy lather.
At Weldon we’ve got all kinds of badger hair brushes (some available at our locations and some we can order special for you!) in different prices and levels of quality.
Here are your options for a nice shave.
Pure Badger Brush: The hair for this brush typically comes from the tails and the back of the badger The hair is gray and it is an ideal option for a great shaving brush without a huge price tag.
Fine Badger Brush: The fine badger brush comes from the back of the badger. It has a cone-like structure so the tips are thinner than at the base of the hairs. Fine badger brushes are softer and create a better lather. They are more expensive because the hair is rare! You’ll be able to tell if you’ve got this kind of brush because the color gradient is light-dark-light.
Silvertip Badger Brush: The ultra-premium, rather expensive brush is the Silvertip. The hair comes from the neck and is the softest, rarest and most expensive kind of badger hair. This is the most luxurious option of Fine Badger Brushes. In the winter this neck hair gets extremely light tips-hence, the Silvertip.
Now that you know more than you ever cared to learn about shaving brushes and badger hair, ask our barbers about the amazing Art of Shaving brushes and make your morning shave a pleasant experience. No disposable razors of rough shaving brushes allowed.