Soak your brush in hot water 20-30 seconds to soften the bristles & let the brush retain water. Gently shake excess water out of the brush and apply your choice of shaving soap or cream. Work lather in a bowl/mug, in your palm or directly on the face by using gentle pressure in a circular motion. Add water or soap as needed. A brush not only helps produce great lather, it gently exfoliates the skin & lifts whiskers in preparation for being shaved. Be aware brand new brushes will go through a break-in period. Don't panic if your brush looses a few bristles, this should end after a short period of time.
- Badger brushes are the benchmark, mostly due to their water retention properties & softness. Badger bristles come in several grades, rated from lowest to highest: Pure, Best/Standard, Super/Deluxe & Silver-Tip.
- Boar or Natural bristle brushes are stiffer than badger and recommended for those with heavy beards. Affordable & great for hard soaps.
- Synthetic brushes are gaining popularity because after several generations, as they're really starting to become great performers. While not holding as much water as badgers, they're just as soft & dry quickler, making synthetics a great choice for travel. Many prefer using a non-natural derived bristle, as no animal is used or harmed in its production. Plus, it won't smell like a wet badger when new. Should outlast natural bristle brushes.
Note: Natural bristle brushes may have an unpleasant odor when brand new. To break-in your brush, we recommend washing the brush with dishsoap several times & then soaking it in dishsoap water for several hours or overnight. Rinse & then build-up a healthy lather with your favorite shaving cream/soap. Leave the loaded brush to dry overnight & rinse the next morning. In some cases, a soak in vinegar may be helpful.