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What is a shaving brush?
Shaving brushes are made with various hair types including synthetic hair, boar’s hair, badger hair and horse hair. A shaving brush helps in the process of creating a thick lather from soaps and creams. The shaving brush prepares the stubble by gently lifting the hairs on your face and exfoliating the skin while applying lather to the surface. The perfect brush helps apply the soap to give your razor the slip it needs to give you the closest shave possible.
What if I don’t use a straight or double edged razor?
Even if you decide that a DE or straight razor is not for you and you go back to a cartridge style razor, you can still benefit from the use of a shaving brush with soaps and creams to get better results. Never use your shaving brushes with canned foams or gels. These have ingredients that are very harmful to the hairs on your shaving brush and can destroy your investment.
Caring for your brush and razors is an important step!
By taking the time to thoroughly rinse your brush and razor after every shave and taking care to properly dry them with the use of towel and/or stand will prolong their life and use. Improperly cleaning your brush can cause mildew, mold, and unwanted damage to the hairs deep within the knot. This can make the hairs loosen and destroy your brush. Hang your brush inverted during drying to help keep water from settling deep down in the knot where it can cause the most damage. Once dry, using a comb to lightly brush the hairs back to its uniformed shape, untangling any small knots, and cleaning any leftover soap is a great way to keep your brush looking its best and in good working order. Your brush is now ready to store. Never store your brush in an air-tight container, medicine cabinet, or travel bag if it is damp or just been in use. Leaving the blade in your razor for your next shave can damage your razor and promote rust and tarnish. Remove your blades and store them on a magnet in your medicine cabinet to be used again or discard them in a blade bank. This is an easy way to keep your razors clean and your blades safe. Cleaning your razors and brushes every few months is a great way to help them lasting for a lifetime. Most soaps and creams will leave behind a film that can build over time and cause wear and damage to your razors and brushes.
Cleaning your Shaving Brush: Soaking your shaving brushes in a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water for 30 mins just up to the end of the knot before reaching the handle. Rinse and wash in a bit of warm water with some mild shampoo to help wash away all the loosen soap left behind between shaves. Comb and let the brush air dry it will feel like new for your next shave.
Cleaning your DE Razors: A proper rise and wipe with a towel between shaves will help cut down on soap build-up. Using a bit of warm water with some liquid dish soap while scrubbing lightly with a tooth brush will help remove build-up while maintaining your razors and keep them clean every few months or as needed.
Is there a break-in period for a new brush?
When you purchase and start using a new shaving brush, there is always a break-in period. Most often, this takes up to a 2 months, but the length of time may vary. During this time, it is common for a brush to lose some of its hairs, soften at the tips or get split ends in the case of most boar hair brushes. The brush will shed loose hairs and the loft will bloom into its stable shape. After this break-in period you wont see hair loss and the brush will be a pleasure to work with. Most boar hair brushes have a strong odor that can make it unpleasant for some users. Soaking a boar hair brush in vinegar for thirty minutes followed by rising with warm water and washing with your shampoo and conditioner is a quick and easy way to eliminate any unpleasant odor.
How do I make the perfect lather?
Heat and moisture are essential for making a perfect lather. Water temperature is a critical factor in making lather. Hot bathing or soaking your brush in small cup of warm water prior to shaving allows the hairs to soften and soak up water and heat needed to make a usable shaving lather. If your brush is not soaked properly, you run the risk of damaging hairs that have not softened and increase the risk of hair knot breakage. Never use water that is scalding hot as it will make the bristles weak and cause hairs in the knot to loosen. The amount of pressure used to build lather and apply to your face can negatively affect your brushes knot and cause unwanted damage. Do not use excessive pressure to apply and make your lather. Moderate and even pressure can help add years to your brushes life. Use an up and down painting-like method or a light circling scrubbing motion with the brush to apply lather to avoid unnecessary wear. Avoid using excessive pressure. This spreads the inner core of the shaving brush into your soap or your face when making lather and can distort the shape of your brush. Pressing your brush down and lathering with hard circular motions will cause the bristles to twist, especially in the center core of the knot, and will cause damage. You will end up with a brush that has poor performance. Proper heat, moisture, and pressure are critical when loading your brush. Remember that creating the prefect lather takes time, don’t rush it!
What type or brand of razor should I use?
With so many great products to pick from, I would recommend to start by evaluating how much you want to invest. If you are like me and tired of paying upwards of $35.00 monthly for blades, factor this in your cost. Double-edged blades can save you a lot of money. Spending a bit more on a good quality razor is a great option. Whether you go out and find that awesome vintage razor your after or pick up something new, there is something out there for every budget. I started off with a vintage adjustable razor and still prefer an adjustable razor over most fixed-head razors. Maybe you want to go with a straight razor? Learning how to shave with a DE razor first, using proper pressure and technique, will help you master the art of wet shaving for when you decide to go even more traditional in the future. You just have to find what suites you. What works best for one does not work for all. Have fun experimenting with different options.
What kind of blades should I use?
Getting the right blade that works for you is a feat in its own right. With so many differing opinions in the market, it makes it hard, yet fun, to find the blades that work best for you. For beginners, I would suggest trying Red Personna, Gillette and Feather blades to start. These blades are readily available, easy to find, and are great for your first wet shave experience. I would stay away from most off-brand drug store razors as I have found that they are not up to par. A quality blade will enhance your shaving experience.
Soaps or Creams?
There are hundreds of choices of various gels, foams, creams and soap pucks. This can make it overwhelming and difficult to choose where to start. Unfortunately, many products include artificial chemicals and additives to help them last longer on the shelf but are not doing anything to help your skin feel and look its best. We at Local Gent Shaving Co only use high quality ingredients to promote skin health and to give you a clean shave. It can be frustrating learning to use a shaving brush for the first time. Not knowing how much water to retain in the brush before making lather or how long to whip your soap or cream before shaving can all be a daunting task and many give up in this step. I would recommend using a shaving cream to start. Creams are already sustainable and need little working time to work into a suitable lather. Less work, more practice is all that is needed with a cream. Most soap pucks tend to have a longer working time to get a good lather. It takes patience, time, and practice to achieve a perfect lather.
What Does Pre-Shave Oil Do?
Our Pre-Shave oil helps people who want some extra razor slip or have sensitive skin get the extra protection they need by adding a hydrating layer to the skin's surface, that also helps soften the stubble. Adding extra razor slip helps prevent most causes of razor burn and helps you get a closer, smoother shave.
Applying our pre-shave oil is easy. Use only about a quarter sized amount of the oil in your hand and message the oil into your face, really working it into any trouble spots. Let the oil hydrate your skin as you make your lather. Apply lather right on top of the pre-shave oil with your shaving brush. Make your first pass with your razor going with the grain. You should note that the razor glides through the hairs much easier, without hesitation. You do not need to reapply the pre-shave oil for your next pass.
Blooming Your Hard Soaps And Pucks
Our shaving soap and pucks work best when bloomed with a bit of warm water either in its container or with one of our pucks in your favorite shaving bowl. Blooming helps soften the soaps surface while drawing out the scent of the soap. Helping aid with the water retention needed to create your perfect lather in conjunction with soaking your shaving brush. Prior to taking a shower or shaving bloom your soap and soak your brush in warm water for about 10 minutes or until your done showering. When your ready, use some of the bloomed water as a pre-shave wash rubbing it into your stubble and any trouble spots, letting the water soak into your face as you make your lather. Pour out the bloomed water and shake out some of the water from your shaving brush but not all. You should have enough water retention between both the brush and the soaps now softened surface to start creating your lather. Adding just a few drops of water at a time to achieve the desired balance and the perfect lather.