Breaking In a Boar Shave Brush Quickly.
Anyone who is a fan of my blog knows that I love horse hair shave brushes. They hold a ton of lather. They are inately soft. The animal didn’t die so I can lather. They have much more backbone than a syunthetic brush, but are just as easy to care for. There is no “break in” period, except to soap the brush in the sink for an hour in a solution of Mr. Clean (or any other product like it….) for an hour, That way it won’t have any odor when you use it for the first time.
I Also Love Boar Brushes Except They Take 20 to 30 shaves to “Break In.”
When you first get a boar shave brush you’ll notice that it is really stiff. When first used, a boar brush is painful. It doesn’t hold water well. It doesn’t spread easily on the face so that lather applies easily. In fact, here you are with a brand new shave brush and until its “broken in” by shaving with it 20 to 30 times, lathering with it isn’t much good.
So How Do You Break It In Quickly?
If you are patient and keep using your shaving brush on a regular basis, it will get broken in over time. Trust me. But there are some things you can do to get it broken in a little more quickly and get rid of that new brush smell at the same time.
**Warning**: Make Sure You Won’t Damage the Handle
In order to speed up the break in process, you are going to expose your shaving brush bristles to hot water and lather for an extended period of time. You do not want to expose the handle to these same elements though because it could damage the handle.
Basically, just don’t try to break in your brush if the handle is made from a material that could be damaged by extended exposure to hot water and lather. If you have an expensive shaving brush with an exotic handle or something that could be damaged, it’s not worth the risk. Just take your time and gradually break it in.
Alright, if you’ve determined your brush handle is sturdy enough to handle the elements and won’t get damaged, let’s get started.
A Broken In Boar Brush Will Look Like This.
Step 1: Clean The Brush
The first thing we want to do is remove any odor that is still on the brush. Think about it — your shaving brush essentially went straight from the manufacturing line to being boxed up and shipped to you. Yes, it is “clean”, but we want to freshen it up and remove any remaining smells.
To do this, you will need some dish detergent, hot water and a small cup or mug.
I recommend using a small cup or mug, not a bowl, because it will allow the brush to stand upright with the bristles facing down. This allows the bristles to soak in the water-detergent solution but the handle will stay outside of the water so it won’t get damaged.
Go ahead and mix some hot water with a few squirts of dish detergent in the mug. Place the brush in the water with the bristles facing down. The bristles should be pretty much completely covered but the handle should not be under water.
Step 2: Let The Bristles Soak For 10 to 20 Minutes
Just let your shaving brush soak in the solution for a good 10 to 20 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse The Bristles Off With Hot Water
Take the brush out of the water and rinse it off with hot water. Make sure you really get out all of the soapy water and residue out that may be deep down in the bristles.
Step 4: Lather The Brush Up Like You’re About To Shave
Alright, now your shaving brush should be clean and hopefully fragrance-free. Now it’s time to start breaking it in.
Since the best way to break in a new shaving brush is to use it, we are going to replicate that process. But instead of spreading it out over several weeks, we are going to pack all of that into 1 night. What does that mean?
It’s simple. Just take out your shaving soap or shaving cream and lather up the brush like you’re preparing to shave. Make sure you are really getting all of the bristles lathered up from top to bottom. Be very liberal with the lather. If anything, overdo it. Once you’re done, just wipe off the handle so there’s nothing on the handle that could damage it.
Step 5: Leave The Lather On The Bristles And Let It Sit Out Overnight
This next step is easy: just set the lathered brush on your bathroom countertop and let it sit out overnight. Go to bed and dream a sweet dream of that nicely broken in shaving brush you will have in the morning.
While you are busy sleeping, the alkali in your shaving soap or cream are going to work on all the bristles and softening them up.
Step 6: Rinse The Lather Off And Let The Bristles Dry
The following morning, simply rinse off all the lather and then let the shaving brush dry. It’s still going to take some time to really get your shaving brush up to optimal standards, but this should noticeably improve the softness, texture, smell and lather-ability of your brush.
Note some of this post is curated from a postg on asuperiorshave.com