What’s the Deal With Shaving Brushes?

first_img The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations Of all the instruments we use to keep ourselves groomed, few are as mysterious as the shaving brush. To the untrained eye, they might look like a makeup brush. Even to those who can clearly clock a shaving brush, they’re all too often passed off as nothing more than an ancient grooming tool that grandpa once used.However, shaving brushes are making a comeback. We spoke with eShave CEO Danielle Malka to get her insight on why shaving brushes matter and the steps you should take to choose and use the right one.Why is using a shaving brush so important to you?It’s simply the best way to prep for shaving. You can use very little cream, the brushing keeps pores open, and raises and softens hair. Plus, it significantly cuts down on razor burn. Proper shaving was somewhat of a lost art, but it’s have a revival of sorts. We’re catching up to countries like Turkey, India and Morocco where going to the barber for a shave has been standard culture for a long time.Badger hair seems to be a consensus choice for brush material. Why is that?Badger hair is the only type of hair that repels water in a brush. It’s a material that works with you to prep your skin and assist in the shave. Interestingly enough, in the French language (Malka is Moroccan and French is her native language) there is no word for “shaving brush” – there is only “blaireau,” which means badger. The point being that the French adopted badger hair as the go-to material in their shaving practices long before brushing returned to the mainstream.What’s better: cream or soap?It’s a very common question. For the modern man, cream is the easiest way to go. If you’ve never used a brush, it’s easier to start with cream, then move on to soap once you have the technique down. It’s also a more efficient way to shave during the week. However, on the weekends when you have more time? Go for soap. Shaving soap is romantic and we’re all entitled to romance. Pamper yourself! Just the practice of whisking the brush on the soap to generate a lather can be a relaxing moment.What is a good brush option or alternative for frequent travelers?It’s hard to replicate a home shave on the road. Traveling is so much of an inconvenience today and everything has to be smaller, so you’re going to compromise on something. We shrunk the handle on our travel brush because we found that the hair length needed to stay the same, but a smaller handle was workable. It offers a similar quality shave in a smaller overall package. The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard How to Shave With a Straight Razor How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits last_img read more

Ottawa Redblacks win first Grey Cup title in franchise history

(Photo courtesy Ottawa Redblacks)Veteran Henry Burris led the Ottawa Redblacks to their first Grey Cup title in franchise history.The City of Ottawa captured its first professional football championship in 40 years thanks to the 39-33 win over the Calgary Stampeders in the 104th Grey Cup in Toronto.That happened…🍾#RNation #GreyCup pic.twitter.com/oWhOpPOhEN— Ottawa REDBLACKS (@REDBLACKS) November 28, 2016Burris overcame a knee injury scare during warm-ups that left him limping off the field before the game had even started.The 41-year-old went on to earn game MVP after completing 35-of-46 passes for a total of 461 yards, making him the first quarterback since Danny McManus in 1996 to break 400 passing yards in a Grey Cup.An overtime touchdown by Ernest Jackson was the difference-maker for Ottawa, in a game that is being called one of the most thrilling Grey Cup matches in history.Ernest Jackson comes up with a huge juggling touchdown in overtime! A defensive stop wins the game! #GreyCup pic.twitter.com/fIK25IPXOm— CFL on TSN (@CFLonTSN) November 28, 2016 read more

Physics department remembers anniversary of its groundbreaking discovery

Bozidar Mitrovic, left, and Fereidoon Razavi joined forces with the late Frans Koffyberg to be the first in Canada to prove the existence of high-Tc superconductors.It was one of the biggest advancements in physics in years, and Brock was a part of it.The high-Tc superconductor – which is composed of a compound of the metals barium, lanthanum, copper andoxygen – meant that energy could be conducted in a faster, easier and less expensive way than it had previously. Twenty-five years ago, its existence was postulated in a paper published by Swiss researchers from IBM’s Zurich laboratory who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.But Brock researchers were the first in Canada, and the second in the world, to prove that it worked.Mitrovic, Razavi and Koffyberg in 1986More than two decades later, Professors Fereidoon Razavi and Bozidar Mitrovic, who still work at Brock, remember the discovery well. They did it alongside Professor Frans Koffyberg, who had attracted the funding and equipment required to do the research. Razavi encountered the Swiss article in the James A. Gibson Library in early December. The trio knew that the rest of the physics world would be racing to produce a superconductor.They worked through the Christmas break of 1986-87, shivering in the closed university in a rush to produce and publish. They submitted their paper to the prestigious journal Physical Review hours after the IBM team. Their work was groundbreaking enough that it was not only published in the journal, but cited in the Nobel Prize lecture. It was a pivotal moment for the young Physics department of a 23-year-old university.High-Tc superconductors are widely used today, such as in the powerful magnets of Magnetic Resonance Imagers (MRIs), or in the electrical distribution systems inside nuclear-powered submarines. Such flexibility in application was difficult to achieve for traditional superconducting wires, made from brittle metal alloys that must be cooled to 20 degrees absolute (-253 degrees Centigrade or -423 degrees Fahrenheit) using helium, which is costly and difficult to handle. High-Tc superconductors solve this problem. In the Physics lab, the professors produced a metallic compound that put the Swiss theory into action.The professors look back fondly on the discovery and the rush of inspiration it brought. When Mitrovic, a Yugoslavian-born scientist, was a post-doctoral researcher at Stony Brook University on Long Island, a professor advised him “When someone shows you interesting results, be prepared to drop whatever you’re doing.” Mitrovic now dispenses the same advice.“If you have a feeling you can contribute,” Mitrovic said, “it’s important to set aside what you’re doing and do it.”The late Koffyberg, a Brock professor from to 1965 to 1993, felt the same way.“When you have something this hot, you drop everything,” he said in a 1987 media release.Mitrovic, who joined Brock in 1983, continues to research superconductivity and teaches astronomy and quantum mechanics. He won a Faculty Award for Excellence in teaching at the Spring 2011 Convocation. Razavi, a Tehran-born scientist, received government funding in 2010 for “The Physical Property Management System for research on electronic and magnetic properties of materials and thin films of compounds.” He teaches electromagnetism, experimental physics and condensed matter physics.Their contribution is worth commemorating, said Ed Sternin, chair of Physics. It was one of the first papers produced by Brock researchers that had a worldwide impact.“In the words of Professor Mitrovic, it is rare that one comes so close to the frontier of science,” he said. “I’m proud that it happened here.” read more