Why Is It Called Badger Hair Brush?
In America, a tool made with a handle, a head of hair and that is used by a man to shave is called a shaving brush. However, the only tool that would be acceptable to use for shaving is a badger hair shaving brush because badger hair is the only type of hair that retains water and keeping hot water on the face is the secret to getting the perfect shave.
Interestingly enough, the French, in a very purist way call a shaving brush blaireau, which is the French term for badger. There is no word for shaving brush in French, because quite frankly – if its not made of badger hair- its not a shaving brush.
A shaving brush is also called a shavers best friend because really, a badger brush will make the whole difference in your shave. Your grandfather knew it, your father probably rejected it, and you are now rediscovering it!
As mentioned, badger hair is the only type of hair that retains water and using warm water is the professional barber’s secret to a great shave. The combination of hot water mixing with the shave cream and the brush results in a thicker, richer, more emollient lather thats impossible to get with your fingers alone.
Now, not only will the brush help prepare your skin, but it also exfoliates as it raises and softens the hair for a smooth, close shave.
In short, using a badger hair shaving brush will not only make you look good, but its also good FOR you!
What Makes A Badger Hair Shaving Brush Good?
A shaving brush is made up of the handle and the bristle load. When trying to decide which brush is right for you, consider these three points:
Density- Density is important but frankly, its better to have a brush with fewer hair of high quality than a brush with lots of hair of poor quality.
Head- There are many ways to assemble a badger hair head. And depending on the type of assembling, you will either get a good full head or a flimsy shaving brush after some use. I will compare a shaving brush head to a flower bouquet or arrangement. The bad head will look like a flower physicians : it looks nice the first few days, and then you realize its just a few flowers plugged into some foam. How do you know what youre getting when it comes to your badger hair brush? Easy, stick your finger in the middle of the head to touch the hair, you will feel a prick (its a plug). Stay away from it! If all you feel is hair when you press down, then you know youre getting a good head: a head that is made exclusively of badger hair, no plug, no filling, no extra glue, just all hair.