Shaving Brushes: All About Badger Hair

Shaving brushes are great for exfoliating your skin, loosening up your pores, and directing your whiskers by preparing them for a nice, clean shave. Nowadays, you can find shaving brushes made from all sorts of natural and synthetic fibers. The most popular natural fibers used for shaving brushes are boar hair, horse hair, badger hair.     

If you’re looking for a true, traditional wet shave, badger hair is the only way to go. In fact, it is actually preferred by most men today. We’ve rounded up everything there is to know about badger hair so you can find the best shaving brush that suits your needs.        

Benefits of Using Shaving Brushes:

  • Gently exfoliates the surface of the skin and gets rid of dead cells
  • Softens and lifts the facial hair off the face for an easier shave  
  • Generates a rich, warm lather by whipping air into shaving cream or soap
  • Adds heat to the skin during the shaving process which helps loosen  pores and lubricate the skin

How to Use a Shaving Brush:

  • Fill the sink with hot water, dip the brush in (or leave it in the water) until the bristle hairs are thoroughly soaked with hot water and then remove the brush.
  • Next, hold the brush under a hot running faucet. *Do not tap too much excess water off the brush.* The bristles need to retain as much water as possible to keep your face hydrated and protected when you shave.  
  • Finally, run the bristles of the brush over the soap to generate lather in circular motions and apply it to the face. Pro Tip: The longer you whisk (20 seconds should be good), the richer the lather, and the more protection it provides to the skin.                

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). If you take care of your grooming essentials properly, you shouldn’t have a problem forking up the money to get the best there is, because these silvertip badger hair shaving brushes can easily last more than 10 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.           

How to Take Care of Your Shaving Brushes:    

  • New brushes should be washed well using warm soapy water before use (the odor of new animal hair brushes goes away after a few uses). Pro Tip: Never use chemical detergents to clean the brush or to get rid of the initial smell.
  • Do NOT leave the lathered brush standing
  • Rinse the bristles under warm water after each use (soap residue can destroy the bristles)
  • Remove excess water and shake the brush dry
  • Hang the brush up to further dry with the bristles facing down
  • Replace your brush when the bristles fall out or start to disintegrate in the water         

Check out some of our best-selling shaving brushes at Bib&!     


Edwin Jagger Pure Badger Shaving Brush, Imitation Ivory – $35.00

Finest quality traditional style shaving brush. Chosen by many for the luxurious softness, pure badger hair will create a rich lather when used with a quality shaving cream or shaving soap.

Edwin Jagger Pure Badger Shaving Brush – $54.99

Imitation ivory, nickel plated.

  • Total Height 116 mm
  • Handle Height 62 mm
  • Loft 54 mm
  • Knot Diameter 17 mm
  • Made in England

Edwin Jagger English Super Badger Shaving Brush With Drip Stand – $84.00

Made in Sheffield. Finest quality traditional style shaving brush. Chosen by many for the luxurious softness, super badger hair will create a rich lather when used with a quality shaving cream or shaving soap.

Da Vinci UOMO Shaving Brush 290 – $249.99

Suitable for wet shaving, this silvertip badger hair shaving brush is perfect for frothing and distributing shaving foam, giving you a pleasing massage effect when shaving. Featuring very elastic and strong bristles and a globular handle, it’s also packed individually in a high-gloss cardboard box.

Taylor of Old Bond Street Super Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush S2234 – $104.69

Silver tipped, and provides ample lathering with fine brush hair resulting in a creamier shave. Ivory handle.

Simpson “The Harvard” Best Badger Shaving Brush – $92.60

The ultimate Ivy League Shaving Brush turned in six sizes and filled with Best Badger Hair.



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