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SHAVING BRUSHES

A shaving brush is essential to getting a close and comfortable shave. The shaving brush is used with a traditional shaving soap or shaving cream to produce a thick and creamy lather to help soften the beard hair and protect the skin during shaving. The bristles work around each beard hair to lift and saturate with water.

THE BEST SHAVING BRUSH

H&K offers shaving brushes with a number of different fills, sizes and finishes to suit all beard types. Using the best shaving brush is key to achieving a smooth, close and satisfying shave as it helps produce a rich shaving lather, lift and soften the beard hair and gently massage and exfoliate your face. Your skin will thank you for adding one of our quality shaving brushes to your wet shaving routine.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A LATHER WITH IT?

The most common way to do this is via a shaving bowl.

The technique you use will vary depending on whether you're using shaving soap or shaving cream:

HOW TO USE IT WITH SHAVING SOAP?

Soak The Brush - if you are using an organic animal brush, you should soak it in warm water for a few minutes before you start (not required with synthetic brushes).
Bloom the soap - this means adding a small layer of warm water on top of your shaving soap puck. This will start to soften it.
Squeeze off excess water from your shaving brush.
Swirl your brush over the soap puck for about 30 seconds, or until you have a good coating on the bristles.
Transfer over to your shaving bowl, and start to swirl for a further 30 seconds.
Now wet your brush again, and repeat the process until you have a thick, bubbly shaving lather.

HOW TO USE IT WITH SHAVING CREAM?

Soak The Brush - if you are using an organic animal brush, you should soak it in warm water for a few minutes before you start. For synthetic brushes, simply wet it before using.
Apply a small amount of shaving cream to your shaving bowl.
Squeeze off excess water from your shaving brush.
Start with quick circular motions in your shaving bowl over the cream, and as you build up the lather you can slow it down.
If it's not building well enough, you can add some more water to your bowl and continue (and if it's too damp, add more cream!).

HOW TO CLEAN, DRY, AND STORE YOUR BRUSH
After every shave, you should properly rinse your shaving brush with warm water, shake off excess, brush with a soft towel, and leave bristles facing downwards to air dry naturally.

If doing a deep clean, you can soak the brush in a cup filled with warm water and washing up liquid. Then rinse and dry as usual.

To store your shaving brush, it's best to do so with the bristles facing downwards on a stand.

CAN YOU MAKE A LATHER WITHOUT A BRUSH?

It is possible to lather shaving cream and soap without a brush, but it is more difficult. You can use your hands to apply the product to your face, then work it with water into a lather from there. However this is a difficult technique, and so it's always best to use a brush.

HOW LONG DO THE BRUSHES LAST?

There is no definitive answer on how long a shaving brush can last, with answers ranging from 10 - 30 years for a high-quality brush. You will most likely know when it's time to replace your brush.

WHAT ARE THE BRUSHES MADE FROM?

The material used to make the brush depends on the type you purchase. Synthetic brushes are made from synthetic materials, badger brushes are made from badger hair, and boar brushes are made from boar hair.

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