Do you have a new boar hair shave brush? Boar hair shaving brushes actually work pretty well…after they’re broken in. But some of them take forever to break in! Here’s a short cut.
Badger hair shaving brushes have been the preferred material for the past few years, especially for the shaving enthusiast. And interest in synthetic shaving brushes are on the rise now that the latest generation perform so well.
But don’t overlook the humble boar hair shaving brush. Although there are some terrible examples there are also some well-built brushes that become just as soft as other hair types after a break-in period and are inexpensive to boot. The problem is that break-in period–some find it can take many months of constant use for the brush to start performing properly. Semogue* brushes in particular seem to have extremely long break-in periods–some have reported up to a year.
Barbers have also used boar hair brushes, and one old Italian barber discovered a way to speed up the process: a cold water soak. After an initial washing to get the funky animal smell out of it the brush is soaked in cold water for two days.
Then some smart shaver of Reddit came up with a way of accelerating the process further by adding a vigorous towel rub to the equation: let the brush soak in cold water for 24 hours, then rub the bristles on a clean, dry towel for ten minutes. Return the brush to the water and continue soaking for another 24 hours, then rub again. Some people have even gone a third day, followed by another vigorous rubbing.
Those who have tried it have gotten excellent results from this procedure. The brush may not be completely broken-in but the process has been sped up considerably!
Give this idea a try the next time you happen to get a boar hair brush that’s too stiff and poorly-performing!