Brush Your Hair for a Healthier Scalp
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Benefits For Scalp
Brushing does a better job at cleansing your scalp and hair compared to shampooing. It removes dead skin, old hair, hair products build up and residues from the environment. These intruders encourage bacteria and they clog your scalp’s pores and follicles, leading to issues like greasy, dry and itchy scalp, dandruff and hair loss.
With the right strokes and tools, brushing massages your scalp and stimulates your scalp’s capillaries. Over time, it improves blood circulation and nourishes hair follicles with oxygen and nutrients. Regular stimulation encourages hair growth, strengthens hair roots and prevents hair loss. Some even claim that brushing helps hair to grow quicker.
Benefits for Hair
The sebaceous glands produce sebum, a natural guarding oil and conditioner. Brushing helps to distribute the sebum from the root hair along the shaft, giving you stronger and healthier hair. At the same time, the cuticles (outer layer of hair shaft) are flattened. This creates a more reflective surface, the reason behind a smoother and shinier hair.
Brushing It Right
This video explains the right way that to brush your hair.
Do’s & Don’ts
– Do brush at the start of your day, before bedtime and right before your hair wash/shampoo.
– Do start by brushing from the bottom up to remove any tangling first before brushing thru your scalp and hair. This help to prevent unnecessary breakage.
– Do be gentle, your scalp is very delicate.
– Do wash your brush at least once a month with a little mild shampoo and warm water. Leave it to dry in a ventilated place with some sun to avoid mold growing on the wooden parts of your brush.
– Don’t brush wet hair, it is at its weakest state so brushing can cause unnecessary breakage. Instead, use a wide tooth comb or a detangling brush.
– Don’t use plastic or metal brushes because they are too harsh for your delicate scalp.
– Don’t brush more than 2 minutes. When it comes to brushing, it is not the more the merrier. Excess brushing can over stimulate the sebaceous glands resulting in greasy scalp
Having a Good Tool is Half the battle Won
Boar Bristle Brush- the best hairbrush especially with long hair. They are rather pricey because of the amount of time and effort that went into producing them but the good news is, they last a lifetime.
Bamboo Pin Brush – this is a good alternative if you are not convinced about the benefits of brushing but like to get an affordable one to give brushing a shot.
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