Shaving brushes are great for exfoliating your skin, loosening up your pores, and directing your whiskers, preparing them for a nice, clean shave. Today, shaving brushes are made from both natural and synthetic materials. The most popular natural fibers used for shaving brushes are boar hair, horse hair, and badger hair.
If you’re looking for a true, traditional wet shave, badger hair is the way to go. There are many benefits, including quality, feel, and lifespan, why you should choose badger hair. We’ve rounded up everything there is to know about badger hair so you can find the best shaving brush that suits your needs. There are a few different types of badger hair used in shaving brushes: silvertip, super, best, and pure.
Silvertip Badger Hair
A shaving brush with silvertip badger hair is the highest quality shaving brush out there, but with high-quality, comes a high price (around $150 or more). However, the silvertip badger hair brushes can easily last more than 10 years. If you take care of your grooming essentials properly, you can spend a little more now for an exceptional brush that will last for years.
Silvertip badger hair shaving brushes have a very distinct look from other types of hair used for shaving brushes. The bottom parts of the hair are black, while the tips are silver (hence the name). Silvertip badger hair is also the softest and feels great when you’re lathering, giving you a nice, smooth, clean shave.
Super Badger Hair
If you don’t want to fork up the money to get the silvertip, the super badger hair is the second-best grade of hair. Only a small step below the silvertip, super badger hair costs anywhere from $70 to $150 and should last a decade if taken care of properly.
Super badger hair shaving brushes look similar to the silvertip with a distinct black and white banding. Due to its very similar and lower price compared to the silvertip badger hair, we would recommend the super over the other types.
Best and Pure Badger Hair
Much softer and less stiff than boar or horse hair brushes, but not nearly as soft as the higher grades of badger, lies the best and pure badger hair shaving brushes.
Best badger hair shaving brushes range from light brown to gray in color. Best badger hair also has better water absorbing capabilities and a much softer feel than pure badger hair. They cost about $50 to $100 and last about 6 years.
Pure badger hair shaving brushes can cost anywhere from $35 to $70 and are usually brownish-gray to black in color. The hairs are more flexible than boar bristles and they are also coarser than the higher grades of badger hair. Their stability will perform well for wet shavers who like a massaging effect while preparing to shave. A pure badger lasts an average of three years.
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Silvertip badger hair offers superior quality and comfort. The fibers are soft and flexible to give you a close shave, and are also strong enough to last for years.
The hand-made handle provides a comfortable feel while the soft and sturdy super badger hair creates a rich lather.
Mondial Oliver Best Badger Shaving Brush – $100.00
Made with fine-quality badger hair, this brush will create a pleasant and soft shaving foam. Pairs well with soft shaving creams.
The fibers on this brush help massage the skin for a softer shave. This pure badger wet shaving brush provides quality comfort while shaving.