07-03-2016, 11:32 AM
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I just got a new job that requires me to be clean shaven every day. So I shave five days a week, letting my face rest 2 days out of the week!

I use a huge 33x56 D01 brush that takes some time to dry. I don't feel like 24 hours is enough to let it dry out completely. Will this be an issue down the road? Does it even matter?

At this point I'm down to only this brush (I've had as many as 8). I'm thinking of picking something out that's inexpensive that way I can let the shavemac dry and maybe use it 3 of the 5 days. What do you think?


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 07-03-2016, 11:57 AM
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  • Barrylu
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Absolutely. But do not buy cheap brushes get one or two good brushes.The best you can afford. You will not regret it

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 07-03-2016, 12:02 PM
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Wow, Joe! I am very surprised you have reduced your brushes to only one! I would have thought you would have keep at least 3 for variation and to help avoid this issue.
Personally, I would definitely let it dry thoroughly as you never know what can result with a knot of that size always being damp, especially, after a few years.
Good luck.

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 07-03-2016, 12:12 PM
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I would definitely get at least one more brush, so your Shavemac dries completely between uses.

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 07-03-2016, 12:18 PM
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I can't say for certain of it is actually doing damage, but it seems to me that's a good way to start a science or biology experiment inside your brush. I always let mine dry completely before using again.

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 07-03-2016, 12:20 PM
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I rotate brushes to prevent this Smile  I know it doesn't help your current situation, but the plus side is that you can get some great budget brushes from the likes of Omega and Semogue to create the rotation Smile

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 07-03-2016, 12:38 PM
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I am by no means a brush expert but I am thinking if stored correctly (Handle up) in an open area it would be safe to use everyday but then I have alot of brushes, it's honestly not a bad idea to have more than one though to allow the other one to dry out completely, I remember my Grandad haveing one brush and one only and used it everyday but then again I am sure it was not an expensive brush.

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 07-03-2016, 01:01 PM
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Advice:

Buy one more brush and rotate them.

If I shaved 5 days a week, I would not feel comfortable with less than 5 brushes.

I own far more brushes than that and I only shave 3-4 times a week, so not a problem for me.

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 07-03-2016, 01:22 PM
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  • kav
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get thee to a syntheterie

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 07-03-2016, 01:35 PM
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(07-03-2016, 01:22 PM)kav Wrote: get thee to a syntheterie
:-)

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 07-03-2016, 01:52 PM
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(07-03-2016, 12:02 PM)celestino Wrote: Wow, Joe! I am very surprised you have reduced your brushes to only one! I would have thought you would have keep at least 3 for variation and to help avoid this issue.
Personally, I would definitely let it dry thoroughly as you never know what can result with a knot of that size always being damp, especially, after a few years.
Good luck.

+1,  yes let your brush dry completely..... before your next use.  A big, dense brush like that takes longer then you think to dry.....

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 07-03-2016, 02:19 PM
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I suppose it depends on where you live. E.G., I live in a dry climate and my brushes have no issues drying well before 24 hours. That said, I always keep a couple of brushes in rotation. All that aside, in my grandpa's age - one was all you needed, and a barber's brush got used multiple times each day w/o issue. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  So, I salute the man with a single brush!

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 07-03-2016, 05:10 PM
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(07-03-2016, 12:38 PM)Panther308 Wrote: I am by no means a brush expert but I am thinking if stored correctly (Handle up) in an open area it would be safe to use everyday but then I have alot of brushes, it's honestly not a bad idea to have more than one though to allow the other one to dry out completely, I remember my Grandad haveing one brush and one only and used it everyday but then again I am sure it was not an expensive brush.
Is it better to hang them by the handle? I set mine on the handle but I know no better.

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 07-03-2016, 06:07 PM
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(07-03-2016, 05:10 PM)Chaddy Wrote:
(07-03-2016, 12:38 PM)Panther308 Wrote: I am by no means a brush expert but I am thinking if stored correctly (Handle up) in an open area it would be safe to use everyday but then I have alot of brushes, it's honestly not a bad idea to have more than one though to allow the other one to dry out completely, I remember my Grandad haveing one brush and one only and used it everyday but then again I am sure it was not an expensive brush.
Is it better to hang them by the handle? I set mine on the handle but I know no better.

http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=1927
http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=39398
http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=14944

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 07-03-2016, 06:36 PM
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  • ben74
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All brush manufacturers seem to agree that it is best practise to allow your brush to dry completely between uses.

Perhaps its simply a ploy to sell more brushes, but mildew is a likely outcome for continually damp organic matter. It's argued that mildew, like soap scum weakens hairs over time causing breakage.

However, the biggest cause of brush damage is actually excessive pressure.

Like anything, attention to proper use and care promotes the life spam of the thing in question.

A second brush will undoubtedly extend the life of your existing brush.

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 07-04-2016, 02:27 AM
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(07-03-2016, 12:02 PM)celestino Wrote: Wow, Joe! I am very surprised you have reduced your brushes to only one! I would have thought you would have keep at least 3 for variation and to help avoid this issue.
Personally, I would definitely let it dry thoroughly as you never know what can result with a knot of that size always being damp, especially, after a few years.
Good luck.


Haha it's actually been around 5 or 6 months since I've paired down to one brush. But I used to only shave twice a week, so the thought never crossed my mind that leaving the brush wet could damage it!


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 07-04-2016, 07:46 AM
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2-3 times a week, only?! Wow! Good luck with finding another brush and you should take this opportunity to try shaving every day! Biggrin

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 07-04-2016, 04:40 PM
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If I shaved 5 times a week I would have at least three brushes perhaps more I like to let my brush dry 3-4 days.

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 07-09-2016, 12:21 PM
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  • Viking
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You could also get a small fan to help dry the brush faster, but where's the fun in that??  Biggrin

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 07-09-2016, 06:28 PM
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Where I live (CO), it's pretty dry so my brushes tend to dry out faster than they would in more humid climates.  I have two silvertip badger brushes right now - both home made/hand turned.  I rotate them every couple of days but feel I need a third to optimize the rotation and get the longest life out of all 3 that I can.

So regardless where you live (dry or humid climate), I'd recommend at least 2 or 3 brushes in your rotation to get the best life (and shaves) from all.

...and generally, you get what you pay for so going cheap would not be my first recommendation.

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