The 2 most common types of shaving brushes are the badger bristle and boar bristle. Less common are synthetic bristles and horsehair. Boar bristle tends to feel coarser against the skin but is very effective at lifting the hair up from the skin in readiness for the shave. Badger bristles are softer by nature and give the feeling of luxury. They can also hold moisture in the bristles better than boar bristle thus assisting the shaving cream in providing a thicker lather on the face. This in turn softens the bristles and makes the stubble more susceptible to be shaved. Good preparation for your shave will ensure less irritation will occur. Always finish with a good moisturiser or gentle balm to calm the skin.
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