How to use and take care of your badger?
The shaving brush (or badger) is an essential part of the traditional wetshaving process. They come in all sizes and materials. The handle can be made of wood, resin, metal; there is something for every taste. The hairs can come from real badgers (from the back of the animal, from its neck, or from its belly), from wild boars, but they can also be synthetic. At Raz*War, we have chosen to offer only badgers with synthetic hair. They are less expensive, easier to maintain and technology has made it possible to manufacture excellent quality.
This shaving tool has many advantages. Rubbing the hair against the skin removes dead skin, cleanses the origin of the hair and exfoliates your skin, helping to avoid ingrown hairs. The harder the hair is, the better it will exfoliate the skin. It is ideal for young people who may have acne problems, but it is actually suitable for everyone. Our Black Fiber badger brush fits this description perfectly. Our Silvertip badger shows much softer hair. Traditionally, the hair from the animal's neck (the "white head" hair) has been the most noble part of the badger's coat. Our Silver Tip Badger Shaving Brush reproduces the softness and exceptional quality of this hair.
How to use and take care of your badger brush?
- Soak your shaving brush in warm water for about 15 seconds to soften the bristles and bring them to the right temperature. This will also allow badgers with real bristles to soak in water. It can't be said enough, water is the key ingredient to a successful shave. It softens the hair, while the badger is used to straighten it, making it ready for the razor to pass.
- Swirl the shaving brush over soap or shaving cream of your choice (forget about supermarket shaving foams!) until you get a nice, creamy lather.
- Use the brush to apply the lather to all the areas you plan to shave, using linear strokes (like painting a wall).
- An ideal shave requires 3 strokes: in the direction of the hair, against the direction of the hair, and crosswise. Remember to apply foam, well moistened, between each pass.
- At the end of the shave, rinse the brush well with warm water to remove all the foam, and if it is very large, you can blot it with a towel. Let it dry head down on a brush holder. It's important to let the water drip off, especially if you're using a natural-fiber badger brush. If the badger is left with its head up, the water will concentrate in the badger's knot (the junction between the hair and the handle) and bacteria can grow.
For badgers with a wooden handle, don't hesitate to apply a little oil to nourish the wood. For handles made of other materials, you can occasionally wipe the handle with a micro-fibre cloth to remove any traces of soap. Finally, you can occasionally shampoo your badger with warm water, especially if you use (pre)shave oil!
One last tip, for those who use pre-shave oil. In such a case, it is imperative to choose a badger brush made of synthetic fibers, because the oil that is absorbed on the hair damages the natural fibers, encouraging bacterial proliferation.