If you’re looking for something between boar and badger, then horsehair is certainly worth your consideration. Spanish house Vie-Long is best known for its horsehair brushes that are handmade in Valencia.
Made with an even blend of mane and tail hair, it offers the perfect balance between softness and stiffness. The bristles are incredibly soft to the touch and it’s a bit floppier than boar or badger here.
Although this can make it harder to lather, mastering it creates a perfect cream. It’s an absolute pleasure on the skin and very soft indeed.
Unlike boar, horsehair is much easier to break in and within three shaves, this will be perfect. However, it does tend to smell a little stronger than boar but don’t be alarmed. This is treated by letting it soak in hair conditioner overnight and left to dry.
This premium horsehair brush comes with a marbled Lucite, which is very eye-catching. Interestingly, horse bristle is usually cruelty-free as hairs used during grooming are reserved for the brushes. Therefore, it presents both a natural and humane alternative to badger or boar.
At $22 on Amazon.com, it’s slightly steeper than even the most premium boar hair. However, the experience is well worth the investment.