Maintenance and Care for Your Shaving Brush
For Christmas I received a brand new shaving brush from my parents and the first thing I did was purchase a stand for it, similar to the one you see above. 
The reason for this was that my last shaving brush had the bristles fall out. At first, I just assumed it was cheaply made and blamed the manufacturer. As it turns out, it was my own damned fault. 
A couple of things can turn even the best brushes bad, but given what i’ve read they’re related to one basic issue: allowing your brush to dry properly. 
My old practice was to use my brush, rinse it out, shake it a few times quite harshly to get the water out and then stand it upright in my medicine cabinet in the bathroom and call it done. This was a far cry from following best practices. 
Water and humidity can harm the epoxy in the base of the brush’s knot and cause the glue to stop doing its job. Leaving it to dry in an enclosed area of a cabinet without good air circulation isn’t a good idea. Instead, leave it in an open area to dry throughout the day.
As for getting water out of the brush after rinsing, a few articles suggest giving the brush a few light shakes — not hard ones — squeezing the rest of the water out with your hands, and then drying it with a towel. The theory goes that this prevents the knot of the brush separating from the epoxy holding it together and hard shakes can loosen it. 
After reading some forum threads and articles on the topic, there’s some disagreement over whether it’s OK to let your brush stand upright or to let it hang dry from a stand. I didn’t feel like taking further chances and bought a stand for my new one — I figured letting gravity work on any remaining water in the brush could only help. 
Hopefully these new maintenance routines will help my brush last a much longer time. Admittedly, it’s a bit more time consuming and a pain, but probably worth doing in the long run if you’ve made a considerable investment in your badger brush. 
If you want to read a great how-to article on drying your brush, Shaving 101 has a good visual guide. And, of course, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Put This On’s grooming episode, 
-Kiyoshi

Maintenance and Care for Your Shaving Brush

For Christmas I received a brand new shaving brush from my parents and the first thing I did was purchase a stand for it, similar to the one you see above. 

The reason for this was that my last shaving brush had the bristles fall out. At first, I just assumed it was cheaply made and blamed the manufacturer. As it turns out, it was my own damned fault. 

A couple of things can turn even the best brushes bad, but given what i’ve read they’re related to one basic issue: allowing your brush to dry properly. 

My old practice was to use my brush, rinse it out, shake it a few times quite harshly to get the water out and then stand it upright in my medicine cabinet in the bathroom and call it done. This was a far cry from following best practices. 

Water and humidity can harm the epoxy in the base of the brush’s knot and cause the glue to stop doing its job. Leaving it to dry in an enclosed area of a cabinet without good air circulation isn’t a good idea. Instead, leave it in an open area to dry throughout the day.

As for getting water out of the brush after rinsing, a few articles suggest giving the brush a few light shakes — not hard ones — squeezing the rest of the water out with your hands, and then drying it with a towel. The theory goes that this prevents the knot of the brush separating from the epoxy holding it together and hard shakes can loosen it. 

After reading some forum threads and articles on the topic, there’s some disagreement over whether it’s OK to let your brush stand upright or to let it hang dry from a stand. I didn’t feel like taking further chances and bought a stand for my new one — I figured letting gravity work on any remaining water in the brush could only help. 

Hopefully these new maintenance routines will help my brush last a much longer time. Admittedly, it’s a bit more time consuming and a pain, but probably worth doing in the long run if you’ve made a considerable investment in your badger brush. 

If you want to read a great how-to article on drying your brush, Shaving 101 has a good visual guide. And, of course, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out Put This On’s grooming episode

-Kiyoshi

Merkur Razors on MyHabit
I’ve come to really like MyHabit, the flash sale site run by Amazon. Their shipment times are lightning fast, and while there are lots of sales that aren’t up my alley, they periodically offer really great brands, and often the discounts are surprisingly generous. The other day the women’s section had Rodarte. I was amazed.
One example for men: Merkur razors, which go on sale today at 9AM Pacific / Noon Eastern. The Merkur HD, in long or short handled models, is my go-to recommendation for new wet shavers, and what I use at home. It’s high quality, reasonably priced, and offers a very moderate shave - not too aggressive, not too passive.
I don’t know yet what the prices on razors will be, but the previews at MyHabit are showing both the razor alone and some nice kits for folks inspired by our episode on grooming.
(As usual, if you aren’t already a member of MyHabit, you can use our link to sign up.)

Merkur Razors on MyHabit

I’ve come to really like MyHabit, the flash sale site run by Amazon. Their shipment times are lightning fast, and while there are lots of sales that aren’t up my alley, they periodically offer really great brands, and often the discounts are surprisingly generous. The other day the women’s section had Rodarte. I was amazed.

One example for men: Merkur razors, which go on sale today at 9AM Pacific / Noon Eastern. The Merkur HD, in long or short handled models, is my go-to recommendation for new wet shavers, and what I use at home. It’s high quality, reasonably priced, and offers a very moderate shave - not too aggressive, not too passive.

I don’t know yet what the prices on razors will be, but the previews at MyHabit are showing both the razor alone and some nice kits for folks inspired by our episode on grooming.

(As usual, if you aren’t already a member of MyHabit, you can use our link to sign up.)

I’m not the only one who’s passionate about personal grooming. There’s also one Sterling Archer, codename: “Duchess.”

(Thanks RQT)

Put This On Episode 4: Grooming

Jesse visits the barber, a how-to for the classic wet shave and some guidance on avoiding and removing underarm yellowing in shirts.

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