How to use a shaving brush the right way
Shaving is a ritual. It’s an art form.
It’s also important for every man to cultivate this habit of doing so to looking and feeling your best.
We talked about the necessity of adding a shaving brush to your toolkit recently. Hopefully you’ve read that and helped yourself to the finest brush on the market.
Your enthusiasm is admirable.
But you also need to know how to use the brush well. So, here’s how you use a shaving brush the right way.
Start with the right brush
The market for shaving is improving daily, which is a good and a bad thing. The wonderful thing about it, is that you as the consumer are exposed to top quality products in the market.
The flipside, however, is that you’re also exposed to a lot of knock offs that are simply in for a quick buck.
Which is why when it comes to the shaving brush, choosing the right one is an essential key to your shaving ritual.
See also: why you need to start using a shaving brush.
Wet the brush
Pretty simple, but often overlooked step with regard to the brush. You have to warm up the beaver-like bristles of the brush using WARM water.
Not hot water, not cold water, the happy middle – warm water.
This primes your brush for the shaving gel.
Start by running it under warm water for a few seconds. Shake off the excess bit and apply the gel.
Apply the Shaving Gel
If it’s a top quality gel, you don’t need a lot to create strong, powerful lather. Apply it on the middle of the brush and brace yourself.
Create lather on your face
You have to create the lather for the benefits of the brush to really be felt. Do so by working the brush around your bearded area using circular motions.
Don’t rush this step.
Enjoy the process, breathe in the aroma of the gel, and bask in the warm-cold feeling the brush and the shaving gel gives your face.
Work it around until you can feel a solid layer of lather. If you don’t get the amount of lather you want initially, add a bit more water to the brush, and repeat the process.
Shave and Rinse
If you’ve gone far enough to purchase a shaving brush, you’ve probably also invested in great razors.
Take your time shaving, and when your done be sure to rinse the lather off the brush as well. You don’t want to leave it on and allow it to sink in between the bristles.
Shake off the excess water and you're good to go.
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