While modern day foams and shaving soaps seemed to have made the good old fashioned shaving brush obsolete, many men still prefer it as one of the most efficient tools for preparing before the shaving process.
Using a shaving brush along with quality shaving soap can be somewhat of an art, however, and there are a few important considerations you will have to take into account in advance before starting out, especially if you've never used a shaving brush before.
Using Your Shaving Soap and Brush
The best shaving soap you can find is generally designed to be used together with a shaving brush to produce a thick, rich lather that you can then use to shave your face. Depending on the type of brush and soap you use, it can be quite easy to turn the soap into the right consistency of lather, and once you're done, you'll find you can get the smoothest and closest shave through this process.
That being said, let's take a look at the actual steps associated with using your shaving soap and brush:
- The first step is to acquire your soap and brush, and place the soap into a mug or bowl, preparing it for the lathering process.
- Wet the brush under running water, then fill up your sink with water and leave the brush there for about a minute. Make sure you're using hot water.
- Check to see if the brush bristles have soaked up a good amount of the water, then begin using the brush to lather the soap using slow, circular movements.
- It should only take about 30 seconds to achieve the right thickness for your lather, so you can begin using it on the area you want to shave.
- Apply it gently on your face with the brush, making sure it is evenly placed on the entire area.
- You can then begin shaving, and subsequently add an additional touch of hot water in case you want a second or even a third pass.
How to Look After Your Brush and Soap
After you're finished shaving, always make sure you empty excess water, while also cleaning your brush and leaving it to dry up properly. Both the shaving soap and the brush need to be stored in a clean, dry location when you don't use them.
It's also a good idea to keep your shaving mug clean and even clean it after every shave. Unlike shaving cream, the soap can easily be affected by stray debris, and if you're using concentrated soap, maintenance and proper storage is of the essence, if you want it to last longer.
Finally, keep in mind that new shaving brushes can shed in the beginning, but after about 10-15 shaves, a quality brush will stop shedding, and you'll be able to continue to use it just as well. Continuous shedding is generally not a problem caused by improper use or maintenance, and if you notice it, you simply need to return or replace your shaving brush.
Learning to use a shaving brush and soap can be a very good idea if you want to improve the quality of your shaving experience. Promoting a closer, as well as smoother and more enjoyable shave