This is the culprit>Wood Handle Badger Hair Shaving Brush for Men - Reusable Barber Men Shaving Tool | eBay Unfortunately, I purchased it before joining this forum. I see in the Brushes sticky that PlanoMan recommends against beginners buying this type brush because they are stiff and lose bristles over time. This brush is too stiff and prickly for my face. By the second and third pass, it's not enjoyable at all. Any recommendations? Anything decent in drug stores or department stores? I don't care what the hair material is now, just so it's softer. I'll order online if that's the best avenue to take, but I hate waiting. Thanks.