Business Insider: The best shaving brushes you can buy for a great shave
More and more men are discovering the simple, masculine joy of traditional wet shaving, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably one of them. You may have already completed the first part of your wet shave journey — selecting a good blade — but after you’ve already upgraded your routine with a double-edged safety razor, your next step is to hunt down a high-quality shave brush.
A good brush is an essential part of your shaving ritual. When used with a good soap or cream (one that, unlike canned foam, is made for wet shaving) a nice bristle brush is the key to getting a rich, creamy lather that lubricates your face well for a smoother shave. Your brush is used both to generate a proper lather and to apply it to your skin, and the bristles of the brush, arranged into what’s called a “knot,” also help to soften and stand your whiskers up before your razor does its thing.
Ideally, bristles should be soft enough at the ends to not feel scratchy or prickly on the skin, yet feature good rigidity or “backbone” so that they’re not too floppy to work up a lather. The purpose of a brush is also to transfer heat and water to your face, and the different kinds of bristles each have distinct properties that help or hinder this.
Personally, I've always liked a good boar bristle brush, despite having tried silvertip badger brushes. So never just choose by price or perceived quality, rather choose by the category of brush that would suite you best.
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