The shaving brush is an imperative necessity when using a safety razor to create the ideal lather for the greatest shave.
You have plenty of options, with prices ranging from the regularly accessible to the outright opulent.
No matter what you decide, if you take good care of your shaving brushes, they can last for a very long time.
We’ll go over some crucial maintenance advice in this post that you can quickly put into practice to make sure you get the most use possible out of your shaving brush.
6 Ways to maintain your shaving brush
1. Do: Use it with Grace
Both creating the lather and using it on your skin fall under this category. When loading the brush with soap or cream to make a lather, try not to press too hard.
Although it may be tempting to mash the brush to extract as much product as possible, doing so leads to issues in the long run.
First off, entering the knot will cause the soap to dry up and stop lathering, and wasting product.
Second, using too much effort stresses the bristles, causing them to become loose from the knot and shed too soon.
2. Do: Allow Natural Drying of Your Shaving Brush
After thoroughly cleaning the shaving brush and shaking off any leftover water, hang it upside down to let the bristles dry naturally.
Any moisture or water will be able to escape in this way, away from the handle.
Although a shaving brush stand is advised, if you don’t have one, lean the brush upside down at an angle against a stable object with the bristle tip resting on a tiny towel to catch any water that drips out.
If a shaving brush doesn’t dry completely, moisture that collects in the knot might cause the adhesives to loosen and even encourage the growth of bacteria.
3. Do: Periodically Clean the Shaving Brush
After every shave, always completely rinse the brush. Additionally, we advise deep cleaning the brush once a month.
The simplest solution will do; just use your normal hair wash and lukewarm water. Doing this will help remove any remaining lather on the bristles and knot.
4. Avoid Using Very Hot Water
Instead, while preparing the brush for a lather or cleaning the brush after shaving, use lukewarm water.
The bristles are delicate, even though a hot shave may sound fantastic (especially in the winter).
The ends become damaged with time and begin to curl if the water is too hot.
Not to mention that hot water might weaken the glue holding the brush together, eventually causing it to fall apart completely.
5. Do Not Manually Twist or Ring the Bristles
Some men unknowingly engage in this behaviour, particularly when they’re attempting to wash shaving cream or soap off the brush after a wet shave.
You are harming the brush follicles by doing this. Instead, place the brush under the faucet and let the water flow through the bristles to do its job.
When the product is taken off, quickly flick the water away rather than handling the bristles yourself. Your shaving brush will last longer if you don’t touch, wring, or twist it as much.
6. Do: Pass It By!
Finally, take pleasure in the shaving brush. They are an essential part of every man’s grooming regimen, not just because they are attractive to look at in the bathroom.
Once you’ve used them, you won’t ever want to lather your face by hand again. Therefore, use them slowly; don’t rush. Be kind. Enjoy the journey.
Check out our guide if you’re unclear about which brush will work best for you.
Otherwise, it’s time to start shaving if you already have the required tools, which include shaving soap, a shaving brush, and a loaded safety razor.
Written by: Ridhiman Das
Edited by: Aniket Joshi