After going my whole life shaving electric and never being happy about the closeness, I switched to having with a wet razor 6 or so months ago. It was ok, definitely got closer, but wasn't ever happy with the lather I was getting from a can of shaving cream (and was having issues with razor burn on my neck), so I figured I'd give this whole shaving soap and brush thing a try.
For the most part, I like it. I get a better lather, seem to get less razor burn (though that could also just be better technique with more practice), and I like the smell of the (hypoallergenic) soap I have. So all is good, right? Well yes, except for one thing. Every time I shave, my brush (badger hair) ends up losing 5-6 hairs on my face (or in the bowl). The thing is, right now I have a beard, so all I'm shaving is my neck and upper cheeks (and only a couple of times a week). I'd hate to see how many I'd lose if I was shaving my full face every day. Is this normal?
Just to make sure I'm doing things right (this is how I read to do things). Hold the brush sideways under hot water until it's saturated and water runs through it. Turn it brush side down and let excess water run out. Brush on soap until some lather is worked up. Lather up face. Rinse soap out of brush by holding sideways under hot water. Sort of spin to get excess water out. Hang in stand brush side down to dry. Is that the right way to be doing it?