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Boar & Horse Hair Brushes

Boar hair is coarse and thick, which makes it great for exfoliating your skin while shaving.

Boar brushes typically need about 15-20 uses to soften and reach their optimal performance. After a month of daily use, you'll notice a significant improvement in their quality.

Horsehair is softer and thinner, making it a better choice if you have sensitive skin as it will be less abrasive on your face. When new, natural animal bristle brushes may have a slight initial odor that diminishes with use over time. Both types of brushes are ethically produced from natural hairs and come in a variety of handles to choose from.  

  • Omega - 10048 Professional Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Faux Chrome - New England Shaving Company
    Omega - 10048 Professional Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Faux Chrome - New England Shaving Company
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    Omega - 10048 Professional Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Faux Chrome

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    Solid and dependable, everything you'd expect from a luxury brush, without the expensive price.  This Omega Professional Boar Bristle Shaving Brush...

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  • Omega - 10049 Professional Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Red - New England Shaving Company
    Omega - 10049 Professional Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Red - New England Shaving Company
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    Omega - 10049 Professional Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Red

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    Made with 100% all natural boar bristles, this brush has dense soft bristles for a close shave. It is designed not only for professional barbers bu...

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  • Omega - 10005 Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Beech Wood Handle - New England Shaving Company
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    Omega - 10005 Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Beech Wood Handle

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    The Omega Boar Bristle Shaving Brush with Beechwood Handle has been recognized as one of the world's best boar bristle brushes. . Always about qual...

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  • Omega - 10098 Professional Boar Bristle Shaving Brush - New England Shaving Company
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    Omega - 10098 Professional Boar Bristle Shaving Brush

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    This brush aims to intrigue, setting itself apart for its slender and unique handle. Built like a painter's brush, the rounded end offers a solid h...

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  • Omega - 10065 Boar Hair Shaving Brush - New England Shaving Company
    Omega - 10065 Boar Hair Shaving Brush - New England Shaving Company
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    Omega - 10065 Boar Hair Shaving Brush

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    Polished and robust shaving brushes have been a major part of Omega's heritage for almost a century. Omega 100% Boar bristle shaving brush was desi...

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  • Omega - Bristle Mix Shaving Brush - Resin Handle - Small - New England Shaving Company
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    Omega - Bristle Mix Shaving Brush - Resin Handle - Small

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    This excellent product bears a deliciously creamy finish for the brand held to the highest standards. Badger bristles are known for their gentle co...

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  • Omega - 10081 Boar Bristle Shaving Brush - Faux Chrome Beehive Handle - New England Shaving Company
    Omega - 10081 Boar Bristle Shaving Brush - Faux Chrome Beehive Handle - New England Shaving Company
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    Omega - 10081 Boar Bristle Shaving Brush - Faux Chrome Beehive Handle

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    Omega brush has a sheen chrome quality that cannot be ignored. That's exactly what you get here. Omega brings you yet another classic shaving brush...

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  • Omega - 10049 Professional Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Black - New England Shaving Company
    Omega - 10049 Professional Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Black - New England Shaving Company
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    Omega - 10049 Professional Boar Hair Shaving Brush - Black

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    Made with 100% all natural boar bristles, this brush has dense soft bristles for a close shave. It is designed not only for professional barbers bu...

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Mastering Lathering Techniques with Boar and Horse Hair Brushes

Achieving a perfect lather with boar and horse hair shaving brushes is an art worth mastering. Here are some expert tips to enhance your shaving experience:

  1. Wet the Brush: Begin by wetting the brush thoroughly under warm running water. Properly moistened bristles facilitate lathering.
  2. Apply Shaving Cream or Soap: Apply your preferred shaving cream or soap to the brush. Ensure even coverage across the bristles for a uniform lather.
  3. Swirl and Lather: With a gentle hand, create a lather by swirling the brush on your skin or in a shaving bowl. The circular motion helps build a rich, creamy lather.
  4. Adjust for Boar Hair Brushes: For a boar shaving brush, you may discover an extra step. Before lathering, a brief soak in warm water can help soften the bristles, making them more pliable and ideal for creating an optimal lather.

Mastering these techniques will elevate your shaving ritual and leave you with a smooth, comfortable shave every time.

FAQs

What's the difference between boar and horse hair shaving brushes?

Boar hair and horse hair shaving brushes differ in their bristle material and characteristics:

  • Boar Hair: Boar hair brushes are known for their stiffness and durability. They have relatively coarse bristles that can provide excellent exfoliation during a shave. Boar hair brushes require a break-in period to soften the bristles and achieve optimal lathering performance.
  • Horse Hair: A horse hair shaving brush offers a unique balance between softness and stiffness. They are generally softer than boar hair brushes but firmer than badger hair brushes. Horse hair brushes provide a comfortable shave while still offering some exfoliation.

Which shaving brush is better, boar or horse hair?

The choice between boar and horse hair shaving brushes depends on personal preferences and shaving priorities:

  • Boar Hair: A boar shaving brush is preferred by those who appreciate a firm brush with excellent exfoliating properties. They require a break-in period to soften the bristles, and they work well with hard soaps. If you prioritize exfoliation and durability, a boar hair brush may be the better choice.
  • Horse Hair: Horse hair brushes provide a balance between softness and stiffness, offering a comfortable shave with some exfoliation. They are considered a sustainable choice. If you prefer a brush that is softer than boar but firmer than badger, a horse hair shaving brush can be an excellent option.

Ultimately, the "better" choice depends on your specific preferences for bristle stiffness, exfoliation, and sustainability.

What's the best way to clean boar and horse hair brushes?

Properly cleaning boar and horse hair shaving brushes is essential to maintain their performance and longevity. Follow these steps for effective cleaning:

  1. Rinse After Each Use: After every shave, rinse the brush thoroughly under warm running water. This helps remove any soap or cream residue from the bristles.
  2. Deep Cleaning (Periodically): For a more thorough clean, perform a deep cleaning periodically. Use a mild shampoo or specialized brush cleaner designed for shaving brushes. Apply a small amount of shampoo or cleaner to the bristles of the brush.
  3. Gentle Lathering: Gently lather the shampoo or cleaner on the brush's bristles using your fingertips. Ensure that the entire brush head is covered with the lather.
  4. Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse the brush under warm water until all the shampoo or cleaner residue is completely washed away. Make sure the water runs clear.
  5. Drying: To maintain the shape and hygiene of the brush, allow it to air dry with the bristles facing downward. This helps prevent moisture from accumulating in the handle.

Regularly cleaning and properly drying your shaving brush will ensure its longevity and maintain its hygiene, providing you with a comfortable and effective shaving experience every time.