I'm generally with you on this.Just.Use.It. There is no good reason to freeze, cool, soak overnight or anything else. Do whatever you want, but to me you are missing the aha moment when you break in the brush from use only and you finally feel the result. Just use it.
I’ve broken in a boar Semogue 2000, a boar Zenith chubby scrubby, and a horse Zenith big knot. Used the refrigerator cold soak 1, 2, and up to three days. I do not know the science but what I do know is if you towel work a dry room temperature brush it will shed for sure. Towelling a brush is friction, equals heat. Longer soak of the brush guarantees full hydration of the hair and cooler temperatures stand up longer to the friction of towelling. You are polishing, wearing down cut ends ( horse hair ) to split the hairs for a softer face feel. The cooler temperature allows less stress on the hair as it is getting a lot of bending and rubbing. My guess I don’t have the science.I just ordered my first boar - a Semogue 830.
I read numerous postings about preparing the brush, including cleaning, soaking, and agitating. I get all of that and why.
What I don't understand is why, when soaking, that the mug and brush should be refrigerated. Soaking the brush, even at room temp, should have the same effect for softening the boar.
Can someone explain why the brush should be refrigerated when soaking? What benefit does it offer.
Anyone tried excessive use of a blow dryer on a stubborn boar?I think it’s the drying process that causes the split ends we desire. Similar to human hair (women know using a blow dryer excessively causes split ends), except we don’t want to apply conditioner to prevent the split ends on our brushes.
So here’s my brush after 20 uses. The only thing I’m doing is soak in warm water while I shower, then rinse load and use. Typically I’ll do a 3 pass shave. Then rinse and hang dry. It’s well on its way. I think you can see there is already a fair amount of splitting that’s happened. I love the stiffness and it’s becoming quite soft. I didn’t notice any magical change but I’d say around 10 shaves it stopped eating lather and started providing enough for 3 passes and a clean up. Seems like that aspect of the brush continues to improve daily. I’ll keep you posted as I continue to use and break in this amazing brush.I too got my first boar brush - Semogue Owners Club. I was fully prepared to wash a smelly brush and dunk it in refrigerated water for 3 days. However, my brush didn’t smell bad and I thought the brush was certainly soft enough to use. I decided to just use it. I am content to see how long it takes to break in. It’s my little science experiment . Here it is after 2 uses.
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Wow. Likely a whole group of fanatics spawned from a bad translation.Mr. Bompieri mentions "acqua fredda" which is cold as in tap water (native speakers can chip in).
This was taken to mean refrigerated for many people and my guess is that this video played big part in the trend.
It does work but you don't need to refrigerate your brush, cold tap water and a 2 day soak and dry will do.
If you leave a boat brush in room temperature water for 3+ days, bacteria can grow on it. It’s a simple as that. The fridge keeps the water fresher.I am still curious why everyone suggests leaving the brush soak in the fridge. Soaking is soaking. Is there something special about cold water compared to room temp? That's what I'm trying to understand. (Note: the answer probably won't change what I do, I'm just curious as this was never explained.)