Truth be told, unless the stubble is grown out into free flowing, curly locks, I can't imagine a badger hair brush exerting so much torque on stubble that it changes their direction of growth.
Originally Posted by mscott
A wise man (OK it was Ron) told me that the real goal in applying lather with a brush was to infuse the lather and water onto the hair and skin in order to have a smooth medium for the blade to glide over (contrary to the exfoliating effect, the "get the hairs standing up" effect, and other urban shaving myths I've heard.)
I suspect that circular motions, paint-brush motions, and James' "pump-the-brush" action all work successfully toward that end
"...and today I said, "[I][B]let there be lather[/B][/I]", created lather, and there was lather; I saw the lather, and it was good" :a2: