01 Jul The Importance of Brushing
We’ve all heard the old adage that brushing your hair 100 times will keep it healthy, shiny and strong. Now, we can all probably acknowledge that 100 times is a little… excessive, perhaps, but there is a lot to be said for a consistent, regular hair-brushing routine. Don’t worry, we’re not talking some convoluted 12-step situation like a Korean skincare regime (life is hard enough as it is, right?), it’s easy, really, we promise. Trust us.
As a general rule of thumb, twice a day hair-brushing is ideal. This, of course, depends on the length and texture of your hair. For instance, very long, very thick hair may benefit from being brushed three times a day, whereas for curly-haired guys and girls it is best to only brush the hair just before shampooing, as daily brushing can create frizz and take out the natural bounce that we know and love. Similarly, damaged hair or very fine, weak hair should be brushed less often – probably once a day – and no one should be brushing wet hair as this will stretch your hair, leading to breakages and ain’t nobody got time for that.
As well as the obvious detangling benefits of hair-brushing, it is also integral for naturally shiny and healthy looking hair. Stay with us, it’s time for some light hair science! Your sebaceous glands on your scalp create natural oils and, quite simply, hair-brushing helps to distribute those oils from your roots to the ends of your hair. See, that wasn’t too science-y, was it? Distributing the oil evenly also means there will be less build-up in your roots, meaning less dry shampoo and less maintenance generally.
The other big benefit of twice-daily hair-brushing is that it removes loose hairs. It’s a little icky but we lose on average one hundred hairs per day, and if we aren’t brushing them out, they’re just sitting there, dead. Get rid of them! Oh, and while we’re talking icky, you gotta clean your brushes! At least once a week remove the hair from the brush and wash with a gentle soap or shampoo and make sure it is thoroughly dry before you use it again.
Don’t Forget The Scalp!
As important as hair-brushing is, it’s not the full picture. It’s also important to pay your scalp some attention! We all know how good a head massage can be, and brushing your scalp is, in our humble opinion, almost as satisfying. It’s best to give it a good brushing, working in circular motions from the front of your head to the back, once a day, but at the very least we recommend a thorough brushing before each shampoo.
Scalp-brushing stimulates blood circulation and encourages blood flow to the hair follicles, which in turn encourages growth and strengthens roots. We all love a strong root don’t we?! Because strong roots mean strong hair, of course! And that means less hair loss overall. It also removes dead skin cells and other buildup on the scalp, allowing your follicles to breath and creating a generally healthier environment for your hair to thrive.