Sunday, June 19, 2011

Brush advice

Spotted on a forum: advice from Thater, German brushmaker:

1) Face lathering will negatively impact the durability of the brush. the badger hair tips will wear faster as a result of rubbing against tough whiskers.Soap is traditionally lathered in a bowl.

2) Immerse the head in warm water, 104 degrees max. hotter water will curl the badger hair tips.

3) The brush should be soaked in water and then shake it lightly once, it should be dripping wet.Load the brush using circular motion, load only the tips of the brush with plenty of soap. 

4) Once you are done building the lather, apply it onto your skin using little pressure and circular sweeping motions . Massage lather into your skin for 2 minutes. 

5) Under no circumstances should you mash the brush head into the soap. this will only drive the lather deeper into the knot from where it is hard to transfer onto the skin. besides damaging the brush head you will neither produce more lather, nor will it have a better consistency.

6) Dried up lather is the most common source of badger hair breaking or shedding. you can verify whether your brush needs cleaning by bending the knot sideways and then letting it rebound. soap residue will become visible as a small cloud of white dust. 

Perhaps the most interesting observation is the advice to use the tips lightly for the creation of lather - mashing will lead to the lather being embedded in the brush and critisisms of lather hogging.

This thread produced an interesting discussion:

Brush advice


  1. I need to adjust my lathering technique it seems I am not doing it right...pressing on too much, both on soap and face.

  2. I think many of us do that. I'm going to reduce the pressure I use both for mixing and applying the lather.

  3. Are you sure that he said under 3) that the brush "should be dripping wet"?

  4. Yes. I find I get the best results with soaps by leaving a fair amount of water in the brush. I tend to use a little less water to start lathering creams in a bowl.