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HOW TO LOOK AFTER A LONG BEARDWhether you're simply considering growing out your stubble, beginning to grow a longer beard or where you're already rocking the longest beard in Britain, here some useful hints and tips for taking care of a long beard.It's a fact; long beards are back and they're all the rage. Celebrities from around the world are all doing it, and they make growing a long beard look so easy. But how do they do it? Whichever long beard style you're going for, whether it's the...
HOW TO LOOK AFTER A LONG BEARD
Whether you're simply considering growing out your stubble, beginning to grow a longer beard or where you're already rocking the longest beard in Britain, here some useful hints and tips for taking care of a long beard.
It's a fact; long beards are back and they're all the rage. Celebrities from around the world are all doing it, and they make growing a long beard look so easy. But how do they do it? Whichever long beard style you're going for, whether it's the Jason Momoa or Lionel Messi beard look, there's a lot more to growing a long beard than meets the eye.
If you want to look more handsome and less Hagrid, you'll need to invest in the best beard care to get the best from your beard. We're going to help give you the best advice on the best beard care for your beard.
YOUR LONG BEARD ARSENAL
From the Victorian era or even way back to the days of Greek Mythology, great beards are often associated with great wisdom. We're going to help add to your beard knowledge by starting out with the basics.
You need to get your hands on the best beard products if you want to get the best from your long beard. Proper beard care means choosing organic, natural beard oils that will be kind to your skin and grizzly bush, it means choosing the best beard balms, and crucially the best beard comb that can help work its way through any beard knots or tangles without feeling like you're having your eyebrows plucked.
So what kind of Beard Products do I need to help grow and maintain a delicious, wholesome facial extravaganza? Most of these products can be found in a beard gift set, but we're going to list out the most important beard products below:
1. The Beard Comb
Let's start with the basics.
A good quality Beard Comb is often overlooked, but if you're going to grow your beard out then you're going to need something to help keep its shape and style. Put it this way, you wouldn't use your hands to brush long hair, so you will need the right tools for the job to keep your long beard looking pristine, too. So it's important to get your hands on the best beard comb for your new look.
Beard Combs come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Metal Beard Combs, Plastic Beard Combs and Wood Beard Combs. There are so many choices to choose from it can often mean buying the right beard comb for your long beard becomes an overwhelming task. But, there's a few quick tips and hints that will make choosing the right beard comb for you a little easier:
- Choose wood.
The best Beard Combs are wood Beard Combs. Why? A Wood Beard Comb soaks up any natural oils on your cheeks and facial hair as well as any additional beard oils and balms that you choose to use.
Beard Oils and Balms naturally compliment the wood, too, keeping the hardwood well conditioned and maintaining it's natural pores and colour. They're also more eco friendly than plastic combs.
A good quality wood comb:
uses natural hardwood weight and design to smoothly brush through knots and tangleswon't split easily,will withstand being cleaned regularly without changing shape,have durable comb teethnaturally soaks balm and oils to condition the comb and last longer
2. Beard Oil
Beard Oil is essential in helping to soften and tame that long manly beard hair of yours. The importance of beard oil often depends on the individual; everybody's skin type and hair type varies. That means you may want to regularly oil your beard if you have dry skin and wiry hair, others may use beard oil less frequently and as and when they see fit.
The key, however, is to use natural and organic beard oil for your long beard. Anything else can contribute to skin and beard irritation, flaky and shaggy beard hair. Whereas natural and organic beard oils can help moisturise and soften the skin on your cheeks helping to nourish and moisturise from the root of your beard hair without causing any irritation and unwanted harmful side effects. If you can get the basics right, there's every chance your long beard will grow to be the masterpiece you've been dreaming of!
3. Beard Balm
Long beards can get unruly and develop a whole mind of their own. That's why it's important to tame your long beard by styling and shaping it using the right Beard Balm. Whilst beard oil is used for keeping your skin and facial hair in good health, Beard Balm is important for keeping your long beard in shape.
It's also important to choose both a natural and organic Balm, to help nourish and care for your skin and hair. That means a Balm with no additives or nasty chemicals. Be sure to read the ingredients on the tub!
The Beeswax in a Beard Balm is what helps to provide your long beard with the fix and hold. Beeswax itself is a naturally ingredient and holds many nutritional benefits that will contribute to a happy and healthy beard.
We recommend using only a small dose of Beard Balm at a time, that means using your finger tip to scrape a small dose from your Balm tub and spreading it in your fingers before gently rubbing and distributing the Balm evenly into your long beard.
Washing your long beard
It's important to wash your beard regularly to help remove dirt and impurities that collect in your beard over time. That said, washing your beard too often will remove natural and added oils that your beard has collected, which may dry out your skin and need replenishing. So, how often should I wash my beard?
This varies by individual. It depends on your skin type, hair type and your overall personal choice. As a rough guide, we recommend that you should wash your long beard about as often as you would shampoo your hair. For some people, that means washing your beard is a daily routine, for others it can mean once a week, or even once a month! It completely depends on your personal choice.
Again, we suggest checking the ingredients on your beard shampoo to avoid any nasty chemicals that may damage your skin and your beard in the long run. Keep it natural people!
IS HAVING A LONG BEARD REALLY WORTH IT?
Ok, beards aren't for everyone. But going from clean shaven to growing and developing a masterful, meaty beard is about as close to giving birth as a man will ever get. And it may take about 9 months, too.
In fact, it can take a whole year to grow up to just 15cm of facial hair, being made up of around 30,000 beard whiskers. There's no limit on how long your beard can grow, though. A man's beard can grow up to four times that of his height, quite spectacular! Although I'm not sure we would recommend that look.
It's something you'll be incredibly proud once you get it right, but for some it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of maintenance. You're going to need some proper beard care and some proper patience if you're going to grow a proper beard.
If you're currently clean shaven and you're considering taking on the journey of developing a long beard, it's a long road ahead. But the journey is rewarding and more than worth it. We'd love to see your long beards online, tag us on instagram, twitter or facebook and we'll take a look!
And in the meantime, feel free to have a browse around our store and shop the STAG beard range of deluxe beard care and beard gift sets for men.
Any man and his glorious beard will tell you that growing a spectacular facial bush is only half of the battle, maintaining that spectacular shrub of wonder is a whole other challenge.But what does a good beard comb look like and what does it mean to be the best beard comb? We set out to ask the bearded public.THE BEARD COMBThe Beard Comb has been around for centuries and is intended to help maintain, groom and shape the beard that you've worked so hard to grow to what is today. A good...
Any man and his glorious beard will tell you that growing a spectacular facial bush is only half of the battle, maintaining that spectacular shrub of wonder is a whole other challenge.
But what does a good beard comb look like and what does it mean to be the best beard comb? We set out to ask the bearded public.
THE BEARD COMB
The Beard Comb has been around for centuries and is intended to help maintain, groom and shape the beard that you've worked so hard to grow to what is today. A good beard comb is an essential tool to a man's beard grooming routine, but how did we approach the challenge of creating the best beard comb on the market?
The overwhelming feedback from the bearded community, however, was that us men weren't getting the best from their beard combs.
We think that other beard combs are simply not beardworthy. We wanted to create the best Beard Comb on the market.
In fact, the overwhelming majority of the 100 beard comb owners that we surveyed complained that the beard comb had not evolved and in it's current form was no longer fit for purpose.
We found that, on average, beard owners were buying a new beard comb every year. This is because they would often break, split, snap or become unusable over a short period of time.
86% of those that we spoke to said that they would choose a beard comb that was better fit for purpose and would last longer over a cheaper alternative. We found that the cheap beard combs available on the market were thin, flimsy and were mass produced imports that simply didn't last very long.
Our research suggested today's Combs were a little bit hairy:
Uncomfortable and jerky combing experience, no grip.Made from sheets of cheap fibreboardIncoherent comb teeth gapsWeak points that split and break easily Impossible to clean without ruining the combThey all look the same
... so we addressed these with a fine tooth comb, to create something extraordinary. The best Beard Comb a beard can buy, or at least we think so...
So, our brief was to design a longer lasting, luxury beard comb that the bearded men we surveyed would be proud to own. A beard comb with cool and unique new features, designed with you in mind.
Addressing the functionality issues bulleted previously in the article shaped the design of the STAG Beard Comb. We worked with expert designers to add new and unique design features to create a revolutionary new travel-friendly accessory for your beard.
THE MAKING OF
Typically Beard Combs are made using one of three materials; wood, plastic or metal.
With our eco and green vision, we never considered the use of plastic. That's not what we're about here at STAG. Instead, the options were either a wood or metal beard comb, and the choice was extremely easy.
Metal beard combs by the nature of their material don't offer a smooth touch, they're static, rough and can damage your hair. Have you ever seen a lady combing her hair with a metal brush?
A well crafted, wood beard comb can be finished to any spec. They offer a sanded finish, meaning a smoother brush motion and are naturally complimented by beard products such as beard balm or beard oil which, in fact, help the comb to last longer.
We hand selected cuts of our two favourite woods and fused them together to develop the World's Greatest Beard Comb, available in the two different contrasts.
No one Beard Comb looks the same; each with a unique grain, unique colour and character.
Watch the making of our Beard Combs and Beard Wallets:
The STAG Beard Comb is available in both:
English Ash with American Black Walnut Inlay, and;American Black Walnut with English Ash Inlay
Our Beard Combs are carefully crafted from hand picked cuts of durable hardwoods, and handcrafted for spectacular, luxurious results.
The results were magnificent, personifying British design and grandeur, our handmade luxury Beard Combs are the perfect addition to any Man's collection, or the perfect gift for him for a special occasion, or any occasion in fact.
Available for purchase individually or as part of our beard gift set, the STAG Beard Comb is the only beard comb available in the world that features a finger grip along the top of the comb to fit four fingers in order to help give you a smoother, cleaner swipe through your facial hear.
We found this was advantageous in helping to untangle those nasty hair knots and make brushing an shaping your beard easier throughout the day.
Both designs feature two contrasting but beautifully complimenting hard woods; American Black Walnut and English Ash. We've fused naturally stunning woods from the two great allied nations together to create a stunning Beard Comb with a unique and beard friendly design.
At a lightweight of 40g and dimensions of 3” x 3”, our Comb is large enough to smother your bushy beard but small enough to carry with you for your whole journey, wherever you may choose to take it. The STAG Beard Comb is travel friendly.
Take extra care of your new beard comb with our all new and genuine all leather beard wallet. The Beard Wallet is available for purchase individually or together with our best beard comb as part of a beard gift set.
Handmade in England, the STAG beard wallet is designed to protect and serve your new beard comb for a life time whether you choose to travel to.
There truly is no other beard comb (or wallet) like the STAG Beard Comb in the market. A truly luxurious and stunning beard comb that will last you a lifetime. Available for purchase by the individual comb or as a gift set including a Comb and Wallet combo.
Visit our shop to browse our beard care range and beard gift sets today.
Our new, deluxe, chrome polished Stainless Steel Shaving Razor is HERE!The anticipation is over - introducing the S2 "Grande" Shaving Razor.It's important to get every day off to the perfect start. With the all new Deluxe S2 "Grande" Shaving Razor, you'll become a morning person again. Get ready for the BEST shaving experience of your life and rejuvenate your morning routine!Everlasting design; the S2 Grande contains only a handle and razor head. Our minimalist design means the razor will...
The anticipation is over - introducing the S2 "Grande" Shaving Razor.
It's important to get every day off to the perfect start. With the all new Deluxe S2 "Grande" Shaving Razor, you'll become a morning person again.
Get ready for the BEST shaving experience of your life and rejuvenate your morning routine!
Everlasting design; the S2 Grande contains only a handle and razor head. Our minimalist design means the razor will last you more than a lifetime.
The S2 Razor is crafted to exact specifications and precise detail. We've perfected razor handle ergonomics.
A design based on the Stag antler; the streamlined curve sits perfectly in your hand. The shape allows your fingers to wrap naturally around the razor handle meaning you're in complete control of your shave.
Prototype: Brass prototype in our Factory in England.
We've designed the Razor handle with an optimum weight that we believe is the perfect balance for a steady hand, this means a smoother shave through less razor "nicks".
We've further reduced the chance of "nicks" and slips through the addition of groove slits. Each groove sits at the top of the handle to collect water droplets when they first hit the razor head. This means less slippage and more control.
Prototype: Brass S2 prototype stands tall in all its glory in the factory shop floor.
The brass prototype, pictured above and made using a different material to the finished product specification, was one of the first ever run offs of the S2 concept.
In action: Snapshot of the S2 Grande being crafted in our factory in England.
In a class of its own, this Double Edge Safety Razor is crafted from British Stainless Steel by our expert steelworkers in England.
Each piece is then hand polished before our iconic "Stag" logo is embossed on the Stainless Steel razor base. The polished shine is truly mouthwatering.
Iconic: Each S2 Razor is individually embossed with our iconic British Stag logo.
The streamlined razor handle is designed to sit perfectly between your fingers and thumb, to give you complete control over your morning shave.
We've also added groove slits to help collect water droplets, reducing slippage and helping to prevent razor "nicks".
Streamlined: We've mastered Shaving ergonomics to fit around your hands. The precision groove slits collect water drops reducing slippage during shaving.
Quintessentially British, this is a razor to be proud of.
Visit the shop now and get experience the true luxury of shaving with the all new S2 "Grande".
Watch the full video in HD here.Behind The Scenes.The Making Of: Deluxe Handcrafted Gift SetSTAG luxury Gift Sets are each individually handcrafted by skilled British Artisans over the course of several days using age old techniques.No one Gift Set is the same; in this Post we'll be discussing the new STAG luxury shaving gift set, how it's made and why it stands out from the crowd.Back To Our Roots...It all began in 2017 in the heart of Cheshire, the North-West of England; a county bursting...
STAG luxury Gift Sets are each individually handcrafted by skilled British Artisans over the course of several days using age old techniques.
No one Gift Set is the same; in this Post we'll be discussing the new STAG luxury shaving gift set, how it's made and why it stands out from the crowd.
Back To Our Roots...
It all began in 2017 in the heart of Cheshire, the North-West of England; a county bursting with British countryside and wildlife, an abundance of history both new and old. We were at home in a place truly rooted in British culture.
We met with an Artisan woodworker who had been perfecting his trade for an entire lifetime. As a wet shaving enthusiast, Steve jumped at the opportunity to produce a long lasting, luxury shaving set made entirely from British wood.
A true advocate for British craft, we worked together to develop the Deluxe Handmade Shaving Set. With various contacts in the woodworking community across Cheshire, we worked together to identify the right wood for the task. When we came across the storm-damaged tree only a few miles away, we knew we'd found the perfect match.
The storm-damaged Yew Tree used to produce the STAG Deluxe Handcrafted Shaving Gift Set
The tree was plentiful with colour and character, vivid patterns and personality. Everything we had been looking for, it was a true constitution of British countryside and persona. A tale of British heritage, we were to transform and restore this once vigorous and sprightly glory into a mouthwatering shaving collection to sit proudly in your home, to refine your morning every day with this cut of English history.
So, What Next?
Action shot: The making of our Deluxe Handmade Shaving Gift Set in our UK workshop
Now we had our hands on the responsibly sourced raw material for the job, it was time to dust down the workshop. Gloves and goggles on, the Artisan begins turning his hand to a project that would achieve something spectacular and out of the ordinary.
Work in progress: One hour in to the making of the Shaving Bowl
We were to use carefully selected cuts from the tree we had chosen, so that every shaving piece in the gift set has its own colour and pattern, distinctive character and identity. No one piece could ever look the same; a beautiful consequence of chance of an Artisan process using real wood.
Each shaving piece is then to be individually handmade in our small workshop in England over the course of several days
Before and After: A part-completed and completed Shaving Bowl and Brush.
The results are truly magnificent with precision in every detail.
Standing Out From The Crowd
By selecting our own real British hardwoods, sourced responsibly and locally to our workshop, we can tell you where your shaving set was born, lived and how it fell from grace. The entire story of its magnificence before being restored and brought back to life.
We want to make better things using authentic, skilled techniques. That's why our entire handmade shaving collection is individually crafted over days by expert British Artisans. Using true, natural Yew wood also means every Razor, Bowl and Brush carries its own distinctive pattern and grain. So every set has a completely unique colour and character.
Setting the scene.It was 18 months ago. Late spring of 2017. A new generation of Stags were being born, as it was Fawning season across Britain. We like to think it was fate (but you must admit it was fitting) that we launched a new generation of luxury British Male Grooming products under the same brand name.Why Stag?Quintessentially British, the Stag is the largest land mammal native to England and the United Kingdom. The Stag we know is the Alpha Male of the Herd. Our wet shaving...
Setting the scene.
It was 18 months ago. Late spring of 2017. A new generation of Stags were being born, as it was Fawning season across Britain. We like to think it was fate (but you must admit it was fitting) that we launched a new generation of luxury British Male Grooming products under the same brand name.
Quintessentially British, the Stag is the largest land mammal native to England and the United Kingdom.
The Stag we know is the Alpha Male of the Herd. Our wet shaving collection is designed for the Man; for the Gentleman.
We're proud that all of our products are handmade. From the chopping of the British wood (we choose and source responsibly ourselves locally in Cheshire), to the wonderful working of our handles by our magnificent British craftsmen in our boutique workshop in the same county. We can trace all of our products back to their roots and pinpoint where the wood in your safety razor, shaving bowl or shaving brush once grew. We can tell you about the history of the wood we use in our trees. We can tell you about their origin, their life, their story.
It seemed only right that our brand would connect you to the rural British countryside, too. The Stag does exactly that. The king of the forest, the Stag lives and breathes the forest it owns.
Finally, we wanted to be dominant in our arena. We wanted to make a difference, lead people away from plastic mass produced consumer-ism (see our guest post on Grooming Mail)and towards the wonderful art of shaving passed down from our grandfathers. Just like the Stag, we wanted to stand tall amongst our compeition and #leadtheherd.
Awesome, so what now?
Fast forward to December 2018, and Stag continues to make a difference every morning to a growing number of Men around the globe. We're a boutique business. We've only one workshop and a small number of craftsman who have mastered the art of woodworking over generations of passion and dedication.
We're living and breathing the Brand.
We started life with one skilled worker in a small workshop in Cheshire. So, artisan craftsmanship became central to our identity.
We're using quality British materials picked by us. We craft all of our products carefully over days of precision woodworking to the highest standards in the world. Our artisan methods are impossible to reproduce by machine and are the embodiment of true luxury. This artistry, craftsmanship and durability of our wet shaving collection appeal to the connoisseur and set Stag apart from any other Male Grooming Brand in the world.
We're making a difference, we're leading the herd.
What is the vision for the brand moving forwards?
We're proud of who we are and what we stand for. Our values and our core mission will never change. We believe in the craft we support, the change we're making and the message we spread.
With new product ranges already in decelopment, keep an eye out for STAG in 2019.
Wet Shaving Supplies: What Do You Need?Wet shaving has made a dramatic comeback in the last decade; men around the world are beginning to take skincare more seriously and take more pride in their appearance and the way they feel. Modern men are trading in their plastic, polluting disposable and cartridges for the luxury self-care of wet shaving. OK, so a proper shave takes longer, but your skin deserves better! A closer shave and less skin irritation and burns mean the smarter Men of the...
Wet Shaving Supplies: What Do You Need?
Wet shaving has made a dramatic comeback in the last decade; men around the world are beginning to take skincare more seriously and take more pride in their appearance and the way they feel.
Modern men are trading in their plastic, polluting disposable and cartridges for the luxury self-care of wet shaving. OK, so a proper shave takes longer, but your skin deserves better! A closer shave and less skin irritation and burns mean the smarter Men of the world are taking the lead in a new era of morning rituals.
Creatures of habit, we often stick to what we're used to, even if there a far better way of doing things. That's because we're afraid they may be too hard or too complicated. Believe it or not, the wet shaving process is fairly straight forward!
So, how do I try Wet Shaving?
We're going to try and reduce the concept of the wet shave to a simplified four-step process.
Of course, there can be plenty more to anything and wet shaving is no different. It's a true art, a skill and craft that you can master and constantly improve on through your technique, choice of soap, razor and blades.
So, we'll glide over some of the more granular details and shave off some of your time! Let's get started...
You begin by wetting your skin with a few splashes of water, making your skin nice and soft.
TOP TIP: TRY SHAVING AFTER A HOT SHOWER FOR EVEN SOFTER SKIN
Add on shaving soap or cream to help raise the hairs on your skin. We recommend using natural, handmade soaps. Supermarket shaving soaps, gels and foams are mass produced and contain harsh detergents that are bad for your skin, particularly those with sensitive skin.
Why not try one of our 100% natural and handmade in the UK shaving soaps here (opens new window).
It's important to get a good spread of soap before shaving. Your best bet is using a shaving brush! Shaving brushes come in all shapes and sizes, with animal hair and synthetic hairs. Animal hairs are however often sourced using controversial methods and some skin types can often react badly. We would always recommend a synthetic shaving brush for a smoother more skin friendly spread.
Right, are you all lathered up? Or would you Lather add another layer? OK, we'll stop with the shaving puns.
OK OK. So, Step 3!
So this is where you'll need a Safety Razor. A good Safety Razor will be designed such that it's ergonomic weighting and handle shape and size will allow you to gradually glide the blade across your skin whilst exposing the correct surface area of the fitted blade.
TOP TIP: CHOOSING THE RIGHT BLADE WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE
Our Safety Razors are designed and handmade in the UK to bring you masterful craftsmanship and ergonomic intelligence. We believe our Safety Razors truly are the best Safety Razors in the world. Check out our range here.
Once you're done shaving, you may want to repeat the process to spend the day extra smooth!
Otherwise, finish with a splash of water and a hint of aftershave, and you’ll be fresh and ready for your day!
How do I assemble the Safety Razor?
We thought the easiest way to show you how to fit your blade and assemble your Safety Razor would be to create a short video for you to show you exactly how it's done.
Just click play and enjoy!
Safety, Cartridge, or Straight Razor
Straight Razor or Safety Razor?
Well firstly we're glad you've recognised that cartridges and disposables are dreadful for your skin. And that you deserve much, MUCH better!
You can wet shave with both a Straight Razor and Safety Razor. Picking a Razor type will help you determine all the remaining supplies that you will need for your wet shaving portfolio.
So, should I use a straight razor or a Safety Razor?
A Safety Razor is a great option for someone who is just starting with wet shaving, or someone who has been wet shaving for a while.
So you've thrown away your disposables, put your electric shaving grinder in the loft and decided that you want to fall in love with a close, smooth shave.
TOP TIP: STRAIGHT RAZORS WILL OFFER YOU THE CLOSEST SHAVE POSSIBLE BUT WILL TAKE A LOT OF SKILL MASTER. WE WOULD RECOMMEND USING A SAFETY RAZOR.
Safety Razors consist of two main parts. These are:
The Safety Razor Head: This houses the replaceable, double edge razor blade.
The handle: The handle should fit comfortably in your hand. The weight of the Razor handle is important and may effect the consistency of your shave.
One additional benefit of the Safety Razor, outside of its much improved and smoother shave is its versatility. The mechanism allows you to take total control of your morning ritual and change out different kinds of razor blades until you find one the razor blade that works best for your skin type and facial hair. This versatility contributes to you fine tuning your morning shave over time until you hit that sweet spot.
Straight Razors added another dimension of versatility to the package. Straight Razor shaving uses the same tools and the same expertise as your barber. It's no easy work and it's often left to the Professionals.
This is old school shaving with a single, extremely sharp exposed blade. You will need to sharpen your blade with a strop and hone it every now and then, but the good news is that you will only need one.
Soap or Shaving Foam?
First things first, forget about those canned gels and foams. No, we really mean it and can't express how important this is.
Not only do the shaving canisters amass in their billions each year in land and sea fill, aggressively polluting our wonderful planet, but we really just shouldn't be using them.
In fact, since the dawn of the art of shaving, the only lubricant Man has used is natural and handmade soaps. Shaving gels and foams are a recent trend from the last half decade and are terrible for your skin's health. Shaving Gels and Foams are like fast food but only for your skin.
TOP TIP: DITCH THE SHAVING GEL AND YOUR SKIN WILL BEGIN TO GLOW
Even the shaving gels and foams from the giant corporates that claim to be moisturising your skin often only offer minimal effect. They do more harm than they do good.
When you pick your shaving soap, you’ll have more control over the ingredients you put on your skin. The natural ingredients in our shaving soaps intentionally help your skin to heal and to remain soft and smooth. We source all of our natural ingredients ourselves and handcraft our soap in England. Take a look here (opens new window).
The soap's lather is designed to raise the hairs away from your skin. This means when you apply your shaving Razor that you will naturally get a significantly closer shave that you would using a foam or gel. Your Safety Razor will dice through those facial hairs like butter. This also contributes to preventing ingrown hairs by making it less likely that the hairs will replant themselves into the skin.
Have sensitive skin? Many of us do, just make sure you take a look at the ingredients on the soap that you choose. It's important that the soap contains no alcohols that may dry your skin or irritate your skin pores.
Shaving Brushes and Bowls
This is the fun part!
There's nothing like working up a proper lather in the morning using your favourite soap and slapping on a thick coat of that morning scent. A proper lather using a well built brush will help your hairs take shape and stand on end ready for your Safety Razor to dice through them like paper.
Shaving brushes can be made from badger hair, horse hair, synthetic hair, or boar hair. We would always recommend synthetic hairs, not least because the true origin of animal hairs cannot always be traced and they're often sourced using harsh and cruel techniques.
When you’re done using your brush, rinse your brush and flick out any excess water. Dry the brush upside down to best preserve it. A shaving brush that is taken care of can last years and years.
You can use a mug, saucer, bowl or just about anything to swirl your brush in the lather, but most men opt for a nice bowl dedicated to this purpose. This is part of the style of the wet shave, so treat yourself and pick out a quality brush and bowl. We have put together a complete Shaving Set here (opens new window).