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How To Use a Shaving Brush

July 14th, 2016

Knowing how to use a shaving brush is a key element to getting the perfect shave

Shaving is a ritual. And like all rituals, it takes time. But, man is it worth it.

One of the key elements to getting the perfect shave is knowing how to use a shaving brush.

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Why should you use a shaving brush? Plenty of reasons. It softens your skin, raises your whiskers, provides an extremely lubricated surface for your razor and produces some amazing lather.

Here’s our guide on how to use a shaving brush properly.

Wet the brush. Start by running the brush under some warm water to saturate the bristles. This will prime it to accept the shaving cream or soap. Shake of any excess water.

how to use shaving brush

Add shaving cream or soap. Put a small amount of cream onto the middle of the bristles. Or run the bristles over the shaving cream or soap if you have it in a tin, bowl or cup. If you’re dealing with a quality cream or soap, you actually don’t need to use much to create an amazing lather.

how to use shaving brush

Work into a lather. Using circular motions, work the brush around your beard area. If you’re not getting the desired amount of lather, simply add a bit more water to the brush. Take your time here and enjoy the scent of your shaving cream or soap.. This is one of the most fun and relaxing parts of the shaving ritual.

how to use shaving brush

| LATHERING UP |With some Lea shaving cream and a Parker badger brush | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Shave. If you’ve made the choice to use a shaving brush, you’ve likely gone all-in with the commitment to the complete shaving ritual. And, as such, you’re probably using a safety razor. If you’re just getting started with one, be sure to check out our safety razor shaving tips.

how to use shaving brush

Rinse the brush. After you’re done shaving, run your shaving brush under some cold water. Use your fingers to separate the bristles to get all of the soap out of the hair. Squeeze the excess water from the brush and set it back in its stand.

Stay tuned for our guide to shaving brush care!

And thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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