There are infinite ways to style the hair on your head and your face. Okay, maybe not infinite—but the world’s best-dressed men prove that you have more than a few options.
There’s the shaggy locks and unkempt beard that give Jason Momoa his smoldering sex appeal. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got Idris Elba’s close crop and neatly trimmed facial hair. Somewhere in the middle are the Chris Hemsworths and George Clooneys and Jake Gyllenhaals of the world—the red-carpet studs who sometimes rock a beard, sometimes not, grooming with varying degrees of fastidiousness.
No matter your style, though, there’s only one brush you should be using for your hair (and beard): the boar-bristle variety. This classic styling tool has been around for decades. The brushes are traditionally made using the coarse hairs from adult wild boars living in harsh climates, like Siberia and the Himalayas. Only the section of the bristle that’s closest to the animal’s body, containing natural oils, is used. These naturally stiff yet resilient bristles have a host of benefits for your hair.
Boar bristles have a naturally springy texture that lets them glide through hair, distributing your scalp’s natural oils and giving you soft, conditioned strands.
The distribution of your scalp’s natural oils leaves your hair shiny, healthy, and frizz-free. This means you’ll feel less inclined to pile on a ton of product, which makes your hair sticky and weighs it down.
You’ve probably noticed that, even if you have straight hair, your beard is curly. That’s because your hair naturally curls back toward your face as it grows. Regularly using a boar-bristle brush helps tame those curls. It loosens them up, eventually helping to change their texture so your beard is tamer and more apt to lay flat.
This may sound crazy, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Boar bristles separate hairs, allowing dust particles and dirt to fall away, so your hair stays cleaner between washings.
Boar bristles are naturally stiff and firm. Their textures help stimulate the skin on your scalp and underneath your beard, encouraging blood flow to the hair follicles, which in turn can help improve growth. And, my goodness, do those bristles provide one hell of a scalp massage.
Looking for a quality boar-bristle brush? Check out our collection from Koh-I-Noor, a family-owned Italian brand that’s been handcrafting them since 1950. Not only do they get the job done right, but they also come in a host of sizes and styles that look great on your dresser or in your bathroom.
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