If you are wanting to remove all or even just part of your facial hair, then wet shaving is the best option for you as it is least harsh on your skin. When using a natural soap like the Mein Herr Shaving Bar Soap for wet shaving, it is essential to lather up with a good-quality shaving brush. We provide a badger-hair shaving brush as part of all our shaving kits. Badger hair is superior for this purpose because it is particularly absorbent and lathers up well. It is also hard-wearing so if you care for your shaving brush properly it should last you for a good number of years.
Wash your shaving brush before initial use
A new shaving brush should be washed gently, but thoroughly in warm soapy water before you use it for the first time. You may find that some loose hairs come out of the brush. This is normal. These are shorter hairs that did not get firmly stuck in the glue base.
Allow your shaving brush to dry completely
It is important to allow your shaving brush to dry completely before you store it. Since it is made from a natural material it will become mouldy if left damp. The best way to dry your brush is hanging upside down as the water can then drip down and away from the brush. If it dries standing upright the water soaks down into the handle of the brush and could soften the glue so that the bristles are released. A brush stand is ideal for this purpose.
How to use your shaving brush
Before use, wet your shaving brush thoroughly in warm water. Then rub the tips of the bristles over the surface of your shaving soap. Lather up in your shaving bowl or in the palm of your hand using gentle circular motions. Avoid applying too much pressure. The bristles should not splay.
The problem with applying excessive pressure when lathering up is that the inner core of the brush gets crushed. The bristles twist, especially in the centre core of the knot, causing them to break off. Also, the full brush loft should be utilised to lather up. If the brush is pressed down aggressively the outer bristles spread and shafts of the inner bristles are then used rather than the tips.
When applying the lather to your face, it is preferable to use back-and-forth motions as this is less damaging to the bristles, although circular motions are also acceptable. Remember that even a light pressure will be enough to gently exfoliate and lift your whiskers allowing a close shave.
Clean and dry your shaving brush
After use rinse thoroughly in warm water. Be sure to remove all soap scum as this too could deteriorate the hair. Allow the brush to dry thoroughly as after the initial wash. Then gently press the bristles together with your fingers to reform the shape of the brush. You could also run a comb through the brush to straighten any bristles that may have got kinked or twisted during shaving.
Where to store your shaving brush
Always store your shaving brush in a place where it can air. If you have to put it in a closed container when travelling, be sure to take it out to air as soon as possible to reduce the chance of developing mildew.