The Truth About Hair Brushing
how to brush your hair for amazing results
Beautiful hair starts with healthy hair and whilst using high quality products is important, correct handling is imperative. We’ve already got the hair washing covered – but what about brushing?
Most of you will be familiar with the ‘Little Women’ ethos of brushing your hair with 100 strokes a day, but does that really work or is truth behind perfect hair brushing technique a little more complex?
Here at Tabitha James Kraan Organics, we’re dedicated to achieving great hair, naturally, so we’ve done the research for you! Here’s why hair brushing is key to maintaining healthy hair:
First things first: how often should we brush our hair?
Over the years there have been many opinions on this subject, ranging from the age old tip of 100 strokes a day to not brushing at all – ever. The truth is, everyone is different and so as hair types vary, so will the techniques; but as a rough guide 3 times a day seems to work the best for most: once in the morning, once late afternoon and once before bed. Nightly brushing is particularly important for hair maintenance as the fresh coating of additional sebum and scalp stimulation will prep your hair in time for your sleep cell renewal, leading to hair growth and extra gloss in the morning. Those of you with curly hair will know that over-brushing can cause enormous volume and unwanted frizz, so while this technique is still good for keep the hair clean with an even spread of your natural oils, you may want to reduce this right down to a once a week ritual to improve strength and shine – just find out what works best for you.
So now we know WHEN to brush…but HOW should we do it?
Yup, that’s right – there is actually a correct way to brush your hair and it’s way more than just a quick run through!
Give yourself 3-5 minutes per brushing (so that’s 3 times a day) and make the most of it. Hair brushing can be a wonderfully relaxing thing to do so why not combine your ‘me time’ with some meditative thought to get the day going, pick you up in the afternoon and prepare you for a good night’s sleep. Start by flipping your head upside-down and pulling your brush through your hair from the nape of the neck, temples and hairline right down to the tips with long, slow strokes. Breathe deeply as you go: 3 in through the nose, 3 out through the mouth to release all those happy chemicals for an all over glow! After a few minutes, flip your hair back the right way up and repeat, brushing methodically through the hair, massaging your scalp with your brush.
Which brush is best?
Contrary to popular belief, the main benefit of brushing is actually not the de-tangling action but more about maintaining hair health and acting as a form of dry shampoo to reduce your weekly washing. This is why, for happy hair, you must invest in a high-quality, boar bristle brush or for those of your with very thick hair, a boar and nylon bristle mix.
Just as with hair and beauty products, synthetic versions don’t even come near to the results that you will see with a natural option. Whilst dragging a plastic brush through your locks will of course de-tangle your hair, it won’t collect and spread oils. Boar bristles are incredibly similar to human hair in terms of composition and as such, our natural sebaceous oils attach themselves beautifully to boar bristles to spread throughout your tresses. Having a boar and nylon mix works well for thick hair because the firm nylon can reach right through the hair for a de-tangling action and allow the boar bristles to do their thing effectively.
The only draw-back to a boar bristle brush is that you must clean it on a regular basis as you will notice a gradual build up of oil and debris. Here’s how to wash your brush, relatively hassle-free:
• Gently remove any hair using a wide-tooth comb
• Use a very small amount of shampoo or soap with water to cleanse the bristles, removing any left-over oils
• Thoroughly rinse under luke warm water, ensuring that you remove all product. There is no need to submerge the brush, just run it under the tap
• Squeeze out any excess water left in the cushion of the brush
• Leave face down on a towel to air dry