10 days till Christmas…And we’re badgering you about brushes!

When shopping for a new shaving brush, there are several factors to consider, and a wide range of brush types to choose from. But don’t be overwhelmed! Selecting the brush that will work best for you may not be what works best for someone else; we are each unique, as our brush should be!

There are three types of shaving brushes available: badger hair, boar bristle, and synthetic, with badger hair largely the most popular choice. Badger hair has been used for centuries in the manufacturing of top quality shaving brushes, predominantly because of its heavy water absorbency. This is essential to accomplishing a clean, close wet shave, and leaving the skin fresh and smooth. Using a brush, wet from warm water, to mix your shaving soap or cream introduces air that will work up a rich lather, helping you get the consistency you desire without going through too much product. It massages the surface of your skin, raises the beard hairs and enables your razor to glide across your face with ease. Furthermore, many badger brushes are quality graded based off appearance and softness of the hairs, with the common classifications “Pure”, “Best”, “Super”, and “Silvertip”. Here is a breakdown:

PURE BADGER

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Pure badger hair is the most readily available grade of hair since it covers a large percentage of the badger’s body. Because of its high availability, pure badger hair is the least expensive of badger types and makes a great starting point for a beginning shaver who wants to learn wet shaving before moving on to a higher quality and more expensive brush. Pure badger typically ranges in color from dark tan to black, and is usually coarser in texture than higher grade hair.

Brushes filled with pure badger are often manufactured with the tips trimmed to form the final shape of the brush loft. This makes the tips of the hair blunt and gives them a scratchier feel on the face that some men find appealing for exfoliation. The courser texture of pure badger also makes it very useful for lathering soaps well because of its ability to agitate the surface of the soap very easily. Some manufacturers offer variations of pure, such as black badger brushes, which comprise only the darkest hairs to create brushes that have longer lofts and more stiffness in the overall feel of the knot. Over time the tips of pure badger hair will soften and feel a bit more broken in, but will never be as soft on the face as higher grades of badger hair.

BEST BADGER

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Best badger offers a significant improvement in feel and quality over pure. Best grade hair is harvested from large areas of the badger, including the belly area of the animal. The hair ranges in color from lighter brown to gray and has more color separation in the length of the hair, often referred to as “banded.” Best badger hair has better water absorbing capabilities than pure badger, making it a more ideal brush for creating quality shaving lather, particularly with dense creams that require more water to properly hydrate when lathering.

On the face, best grade hair has a softer feel and not as scratchy as pure; however, it still has some light scrubbiness to it and offers a good middle-of-the-road texture between the scratchy pure badgers and very soft super and silvertip grades. Many men have found that best graded brushes from reputable manufacturers, such as Edwin Jagger and Parker offer some of the best values in quality for the price. Many models in this grade are priced very reasonably and will provide outstanding results without compromising quality.

SUPER BADGER

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Super badger hair is a finer gauge of hair and has a softer feel than best grade hair. Super badger is not as readily available as best, and it is harvested from the back of the animal. The hair has a distinctive color pattern with a black banded midsection in the hair and whiter tips than the lower quality hair types. The white tips of super badger are very soft on the face and have little to no scratchiness on the skin.

Super badger hair is often color treated by some brush makers to further enhance the whiteness of the brush’s cap; however, the tips have the natural taper of the hair shaft and are not trimmed to form the shape of the brush loft. The white tips of the hair are often short and make up the smallest percentage of the length of the hair shaft. Because the brushes are filled with finer hair, more individual hairs are required to fill the brush’s knot making them very dense yet soft and luxurious in feel.

Proper care of the shaving brush becomes increasingly more important with super badger brushes. These brushes are filled with more delicate hair and are more susceptible to damage if the brush is abused or not dried properly after each use. The finer gauge of super badger gives it superior water absorbing properties over lower grades of badger hair. The density and water holding capacity of super badger brushes offers a noticeable difference in performance when lathering soaps and creams. These brushes are capable of easily creating some of the richest and creamiest lather making them a popular choice for men who want the finest quality of shaving brushes available.

SILVERTIP

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Found only in the neck area of the badger, silvertip is the rarest and highest grade of hair. There is often a bit of confusion regarding the difference between super and true silvertip badger hair. The silvertip hair is sorted and graded based on very specific characteristics of softness and coloring. Like super badger hair, the silvertip has a very distinct color banding, yet it has the softest and most luxurious natural tips and usually the most defined contrast in color between the black and white color bands. It is also very delicate and caring for the brush properly is very important to prevent the hair from breaking or becoming damaged.

The tips of the hair are never color treated and are left in their natural white to off-white color. The hair is fine gauge and has the most superior water absorbency of any of the badger hair grades. Although the hair is more exquisite in color and feel than Super, they do create a very similar quality of lathering from soaps or creams. Both are capable of producing a rich and dense lather because of their ability to absorb water easily and infuse it with the product, but the Silvertip has a distinctive quality in the feel against your skin.

On the face, silvertip hair is gentle and luxurious, like a soft cushion that massages the lather on to the face. Many recognize silvertip brushes as the finest available in the world.

Years of luxurious shaving await you with harmonizing all aspects of your shaving routine. Revolucion provides that distinction with our collection of some of the world’s top quality shaving brands: Edwin Jagger, Kent, and Parker.

 

 
Sourced material: Shaving 101: Wet Shaving Education and Reviews; “Understanding Hair Grades of Brushes”: http://www.shaving101.com/index.php/education/shaving-brush-basics/105-understanding-hair-grades-of-badger-brushes.html
Edwin Jagger Official Site; “Shaving Brushes”: http://www.edwinjagger.com/

 

 

Father’s Day Event with Jack Black Men’s Skincare Line!

Please join us on Friday June 15th from 3 – 7pm for your complimentary skin prep consultation with visiting Jack Black consultant, Amanita.
Amanita and Revolucion are offering you a skin diagnostic, followed by cleansing of your face, hot towel and moisturizing.

Amanita will be offering you shaving regime advice and answer all your questions about how to get your face in top form. You also receive 20% off all Jack Black Products from Revolucion during the event!

You will leave with a fresh complexion, ready to impress on your Friday night out on the town or relaxing at home!

We will be happy to put together gift sets for your Dad or the special man in your life as well!

When you book your express skin prep session you will also be entered into a draw to win a snazzy Jack Black gift set Valued at $100.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot now! Space is limited.

Please send your RSVP to info@revolucionstlye.com with “Jack Black RSVP”

in the subject line of your email.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Paulo and Niko Agelidis

Edwin Jagger Shaving Sets

Just added to our vast collection of shaving accessories is the new Edwin Jagger Ebony Best Badger 4 piece Shaving Set. Complimenting our Brier wood and Ivory sets this Ebony set is sure to be a striking accessory in the bathroom.

Edwin Jagger, established in 1988, designs and manufactures a range of classic and contemporary high quality wet shaving accessories. Expert design, carefully selected materials and cutting edge manufacturing processes, combined with hand finishing, result in absolute product perfection.

Edwin Jagger’s extensive range of shaving razors incorporating the latest razor blade systems, pure badger hair shaving brushes, straight razors, shaving sets, shaving creams and soaps meets the grooming needs of gentlemen today.

Jack Black

When you think of Jack Black, skincare isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind. Bulging bellies, unkempt locks, eating a plate of nachos in one bite because if they’re connected it counts as one? Sure, but grooming god? Not.

That’s why Jack Black Skin Care for Men didn’t make sense. Until I found out that he has nothing to do with it. “I’m not happy,” Jack said. “I haven’t pursued legal action, but it’s bull****.”

The companies name doesn’t appear to have been inspired by the funnyman (Jack Black Skin Care for Men was created in 2000 when Jack was just breaking out in films like “High Fidelity”) but its Jack Black Beard Lube does sound unintentionally comical.

Here’s what makes Jack Black different from other brands:

Fuss Free. Jack Black know men don’t want to hassle with an overly complicated routine. Products are simple and easy to use, yet multi-functional, so you get multiple skin benefits in a one easy step.

Man Focused. Every product is designed specifically for a guy’s needs. From a superior shave to complete body maintenance, formula’s are built from the ground up with a distinct focus on what men want from a product. Each product is designed to provide immediate, noticeable results, and an improvement in the overall quality and condition of skin.

NO FRILLS. Jack Black know men want products that look and smell masculine. Jack Black has a rich heritage, based on masculine icons like upscale scotch and cigars. So, packaging is distinctive, but always portable and user-friendly. And, most importantly, their lightweight, high quality formula’s go on easy and absorb fast.

Trustworthy. You can trust that Jack Black products are built with integrity – formula’s are fragrance-free, colorant-free, cruelty-free and dermatologist tested. Many are PureScience™ Formula’s, Paraben-free and packed with certified organic ingredients.

Treat yourself to effective, researched skincare product from Revolucion and get a JACK BLACK MALE GROOMING PRODUCT