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The best shaving brushes and associated pros and cons!

by Jeroen Convens on Oct 07, 2022

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The best shaving brushes and associated pros and cons! Which one should you choose??

The average man's beard growth can vary considerably. Some men therefore find it extremely difficult to find a set of decent shaving products. A high-quality shaving brush should certainly not be missing from this selection. If you are curious about the best shaving brushes of the moment, then you have come to the right place!

In this blog post you will find more information about these products and the associated advantages and disadvantages. Hopefully, after reading the article below, you can find the perfect shaving brush that fully suits your personal wishes and needs.

What characterizes good shaving brushes??

Since there is quite a bit of variation within this range of products, a number of features of the shaving brush are described below. Based on these characteristics, you can usually quickly determine whether the shaving brush suits you.

Of course, the hair on the shaving brush is important. This largely determines the quality of the product. Depending on your personal preference, you can now choose from shaving brushes with pig bristles, synthetic hair and badger hair.

The difference is mainly in the softness and thickness of the hair. In addition, some types of shaving brush hair retain more moisture than others. The amount of moisture largely determines how much shaving foam is created when tapping the brush.

In addition, a high-quality shaving brush ensures that the shaving foam is evenly distributed over the man's facial skin and beard. The resistance of the hair to the skin is also important, as it removes excess and dead skin cells.

Badger hair shaving brushes

A shaving brush made of badger hair usually offers the most comfort while shaving. Badger bristles are soft and therefore the favorite choice among men who shave wet. The hair can also easily absorb moisture, creating a large layer of foam in no time.

In addition, the quality of badger hair is usually very good, which means that the shaving brushes last longer than others. However, badger hair is less easily available, which means that the price of these shaving brushes is on average slightly more expensive than normal.

There are usually three different options within this category. There are badger hair shaving brushes in the form of a Silvertip, Super badger and Best badger. The Silvertip variant consists of incredibly soft badger hairs that come from the back and neck of the badger. The Super badger contains relatively soft hairs from the back part and the Best badger also has soft hairs, only these come from the belly part of a badger. Below are a brief overview of the pros and cons of these shaving brushes!

Benefits of badger hair

  • Very soft hair
  • Absorbs a lot of moisture
  • Produces rich shaving foam
  • Soft and comfortable on the skin
  • Durable

Disadvantages of badger hair

  • Duration
  • Less and less available
  • Animal hair

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Boar bristle shaving brushes

A shaving brush made from pig hair is usually cheaper than badger hair shaving brushes. In addition, the hair of a pig is usually a lot rougher and thicker, which makes the skin feeling a lot more intense during shaving. The advantage of this is that a pig bristle shaving brush easily absorbs hard soap.

With regular use of these shaving brushes you will notice that the roughness decreases slightly. This is because over time the bristle ends will split. Pig bristles also retain a relatively large amount of moisture, so it is no problem at all to develop a large amount of foam.

Most boar bristle shaving brushes are yellow or white in color and are available at an affordable price.

Benefits of boar bristles

  • Cheap
  • Easily absorbs hard soap
  • Produces shaving foam easily

Disadvantages of pig bristles

  • Rough hair
  • More intense skin feeling
  • Animal hair

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Synthetic hair shaving brushes

If you prefer not to use animal products while shaving, choose a shaving brush that consists of synthetic bristles. These products today have a softness that is almost indistinguishable from badger hair. The price of a synthetic shaving brush is also affordable. The price range is on average between that of badger hair and pig hair..

Since these brushes usually retain sufficient moisture, you will notice that the difference in the amount of shaving foam you can develop with them is almost the same compared to the competition.

In addition, synthetic hair shaving brushes dry faster than others. Ideal for when you are on the road or traveling to a distant country. Synthetic bristles are also ideal for people with sensitive skin, acne or allergies.

This is because this brush takes less time to dry than shaving brushes made from badger or pig hair. You can clean synthetic shaving brushes in no time. This means that bacteria are less likely to accumulate between the brush hairs, which reduces the chance of irritated skin after shaving.

Benefits of synthetic hair

  • Long lifespan
  • Soft bristles
  • More hygienic to use
  • Produces rich shaving foam
  • Soft and comfortable on the skin
  • Affordable

Disadvantages of synthetic hair

  • Absorbs moisture slightly less easily
  • Less resistant to hot water


Which shaving brush do you choose??

Ultimately, the question is of course which shaving brush suits your needs. This largely depends on your personal preferences. For example, if you are vegan or strongly against the use of animal products, then logically use a synthetic shaving brush..

Do you prefer the authentic way of shaving? You will probably still choose a shaving brush made of badger hair. If you are more inclined to choose the cheapest option, then go for a shaving brush made of pig bristles!r!

However, keep in mind that manufacturers of synthetic shaving brushes have gained a lot of ground in this industry in recent years. This is largely due to the fact that more and more men prefer not to use animal products, but prefer a sustainable shaving product that does not involve animal cruelty.

Knowing more?

If you would like to know more about the best shaving brushes and the associated benefits, do not hesitate to contact us! We will be happy to answer your question quickly and efficiently..