In one of your videos, you say that we should hold badger brushes by the base of the bristles, and not by the handle while we lather up. Why? Thank you for your answer. –Louis
Hi Louis. There are two reasons why it can be a good idea to hold the brush by the base of the bristles. First, it helps retain water. The real business of mixing water and cream or soap for lather takes place deep inside the center of the brush, sometimes called the “breech”. The wetter the breech, the more likely you are to get a good lather more quickly. Second, it can give you more control over where you’re lathering, avoiding lather in an ear on up the nose.
Do you have to hold it by the base? No. If you have a relatively small brush with high quality hair, you may not notice any difference. But its one of those little tricks that can help a new shaver with getting a handle on their new pleasure.