Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question 1: What is a shaving brush?
Answer: A shaving brush or shave brush is a small brush with a handle, loaded with bristles, which is used to make lather from shaving soap or shaving cream and apply it to the face when shaving. Shaving brush bristles are made from several natural or synthetic materials.
Question 2: How to use a shaving brush?
Answer: Step 1. Wet your brush. Water temperature is important, make sure it is hot enough to soften your brush but still be suitable for contact with the skin. Once your brush has soften enough make sure to flick off any excess water.
Step 2. Add the soap. Place your soap in your bowl and dip your brush to get some soap in your bristles.
Step 3. Work it into a lather. This can be done into the bowl or directly into the skin. Gently move your brush in circular motions until your soap starts forming a thick foam. If needed add more water or soap to the mixture. Enjoy the facial massage and get your skin primed for shaving but be careful not to overdo it – you are aiming for a thick lather to lubricate your skin, if the mixture is too runny it will lose the desired effect.
Step 4. Ready to shave! It is now the time to set your brush to the side and pick your razor.
Step 5. Rinse the brush. Rinse your brush thoroughly with cold water, separate the bristles with your fingers gently to ensure you get any soap residue from the bristles.
Step 6. Dry the brush. Ensuring your brush dries properly is one of the most important steps of brush maintenance to ensure your brush’s longevity. To avoid water damage to your brush it is imperative that your brush dries with the bristles pointing down the easiest way to achieve this is by always placing your brush in a brush stand in a well-ventilated area after use. This will ensure the brush dries properly in between uses and avoid bacteria and damage to the bristles.
Question 3: What is the best shaving brush for you?
Answer: Every shaving brush is designed to deliver great results, however, depending on your requirements and personal preferences some might be more adequate for you. For instance if you are a frequent traveller you might want to consider a synthetic brush as these dry much quicker between uses and are less prone to damage.
Question 4: What is the purpose of a shaving brush?
Answer: A shaving brush is central to getting the best possible shaving experience. Firstly it guarantees you have the best lather by whipping air into your soap creating a smoother foam composed of many smaller bubbles which will protect your skin more efficiently. It will then soften and lift your hair while gently messaging and exfoliating your face ensuring better results and making your skin less prone to irritation and ingrown hairs by getting rid of dead skin cells. The resulting heat will open your pores leading to lubricated and rejuvenated skin free from rashes and burns.
Question 5: What is the best shaving set?
Answer: All our shaving sets aim to deliver an excellent shaving experience, however there are two main things to consider when selecting a shaving set:
- What type of razor are you looking for? You can choose between cartridge razors, Double Edge Razors or straight razors. These are all good choices depending on the preference of the user.
- Are you looking for natural badger brushes or a synthetic option? Once again the user is key as both options offer great brushes. Silver Tip is generally considered the best badger grade and synthetic brushes offer an excellent alternative to shavers preferring to avoid animal based products or looking for brushes requiring less maintenance and less prone to damage.
Question 6: How do I choose a shaving brush? What are the differences?
Answer: Choosing a shaving brush that best meets your needs might sound tricky but it's actually quite simple. There are two main things to keep in mind when making your choice:
- Bristles material: Badger or synthetic? Silver Tip Badger is generally considered the best badger grade with Super Badger offering a very proficient cheaper alternative. Synthetic brushes offer an excellent alternative to shavers preferring to avoid animal based products or looking for brushes requiring less maintenance and less prone to damage.
- Handle Size: Your shaving brush should fit comfortably on your hand.
Question 7: Why choose a synthetic shaving brush?
Answer: Synthetic shaving brushes bristles are made of nylon, resulting in a brush which is extremely soft and resilient. These brushes are softer, denser, and less abrasive offering a great shaving experience while also being easier to take care off and keep in a good condition. Being synthetic they dry quicker than their natural counterparts being less likely to become breeding grounds for bacteria and suffer any water damage or rotting. More importantly these are vegan and completely cruelty free making them a very popular choice amongst our customers.
Question 8: How long does a shaving brush last?
Answer: The durability of a shaving brush depends highly on how often it is used, how it is used and how well it has been taken care of in terms of maintenance. However, with proper care and maintenance, a shaving brush should last for several years.
Question 9: Why is badger hair so popular for shaving brushes?
Answer: A badger hair shaving brush, even though more expensive than boar or horse alternatives, lasts a lot longer than any other type of natural hair for shaving brushes. They are soft and retain better moisture which results in a superior lather.
Question 10: How is a shaving brush manufactured?
Answer: Shaving brush can be manufactured by hand or by machines. The procedure involves knotting hair bristles and then installing them into the handle.
Question 11: What is the best shaving bowl?
Answer: Shaving bowls come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials. Currently we offer ceramic, metal, plastic and wood shaving bowls and mugs. Every type of bowl/mug has its own advantages. Ceramic bowls are more desirable as they are easy to clean, and they retain no odour. Plastic is the cheapest option available, and it is light and easily manageable. On the other hand, metal bowls look luxurious and are long lasting. Wooden bowls are beautiful pieces that add a touch of luxury to any collection.
Question 12: Can I shave without a shaving brush?
Answer: Yes, you can shave without a shaving brush by making lather with hand or washcloth.
Question 13: What is the difference between shaving soap and shaving cream?
Answer: Soaps are hard, in solid form whereas shaving creams are soft, similar to liquid form.
Question 14: Which is the best shaving razor?
Answer: The choice of shaving razor directly depends on the user’s expertise in wet shaving. There is a wide range of shaving razors in the market such as cartridge razor, double edge razor, butterfly safety razor and straight razor. All the razors do a similar job, providing deep and clean shaves.
Question 15: What kind of razor gives the closest shave?
Answer: Jagshaving's double edge safety razors provide the closest shave. They provide irritation free shaves with great results.
Question 16: How do I choose the best hairdressing scissors for myself?
Answer: To choose the best hairdressing scissors, you have to evaluate a few things such as the sharpness of the blades, size of the scissors, shape and design of the handle and the material from which they are made. However, convex edge scissors are the sharpest and smoothest, make cutting easier and reducing strain on the hand.
Question 17: What are hairdressing scissors used for?
Answer: The hairdressing scissors are mainly used for thinning, trimming, and cutting of hair.
Question 18: Can I use nail scissors to cut my hair?
Answer: No, you cannot use nail scissors to cut your hair. It causes split ends and damages your hair.
Question 19: What equipment do I need to cut my own hair?
Answer: To cut your own hair, you will need a combination of or all these following products:
- Hairdressing scissors
- Hair clippers
- Hairdressing cape
- Thinning scissors
- Water spray