Everything You Didn't Know About Brushing Your Hair

Today we’re talking about all thing's hairbrushes! We will touch on the correct way to brush your hair (did you even know there was a wrong way?) and the best type of brush to use and why. Plus, we give you the rundown on how to clean your brushes! Hairbrushes are an often-underrated tool that are so important to your everyday routine, so today we’re giving it the love it deserves!

The Correct Way to Brush Your Hair


Brushing your hair is a task that you probably don’t think much about. I mean, how can you really even do that wrong? But you actually can cause a lot of damage to your hair if you’re using the wrong kind of brush or doing it too often. Brushing more than twice per day can result in hair loss and breakage. The tension caused by harsh bristles is often too much for fragile hair to handle, especially hair that is already fine and thinning. So, we suggest keeping your brushing in the morning and at night. 


When you brush your hair, be very gentle. Start from the bottom and with small brush strokes, work your way up. This helps distribute your hair's natural oils throughout the length of your hair. Brushing too vigorously causes damage. If hair is brushed properly, it can be beneficial for more than just getting tangles out of unruly hair. These benefits include hair health and shine, scalp stimulation and natural hair removal (for those that are in the telogen phase of the hair cycle).


If your hair is super tangled, use a detangler before forcing through. We suggest our Leave-in Conditioner


What Type of Brush to Use


Your brush quality can affect your hair immensely. We recommend using a boar bristle brush, like the Zen Brush. And don’t worry about your hair texture, boar bristle brushes are great for all hair types! There are many benefits to using a boar bristle brush because it aids in hair growth, prevents breakage, lifts away dust and debris, and distributes natural oils. 


Boar bristle brushes are great for hair growth in a number of ways. Boar bristle brushes stimulate scalp blood flow, which promotes hair growth. Also, since boar bristles are softer than other brushes, it prevents unnecessary hair loss and breakage. These soft bristles distribute the hair's natural oils throughout the length of the hair which moisturizes and promotes softer hair. 


One more benefit; boar bristles won’t get as hot as metal brushes when using hot tools. This means they won’t burn your hair, but they still get hot enough to add volume to your hair. 


Also, for all of our animal lovers, our boar bristle brush is made of vegan bristles. We are so proud that all of our products are vegan and cruelty-free, and our brushes are no different. You get all the benefits of a real boar bristle brush, without doing harm to any animals.


How to Clean Your Brushes

Cleaning your brush means more than just removing your lost hairs. Think about it, your brush is meant to lift away oil, dead skin, dust and debris, but then it just sits there. Your brush picks up hair products, too, including hairspray, leave-in conditioners and gels. 


Without a regular cleaning, all of this gunk will continue to sit on your hairbrush and easily transfer back into your hair. If you are experiencing greasy hair and have tried everything under the sun and nothing is working, this might be your underlying issue. 


To clean your brush, fill a sink or bowl with warm water and add a few drops of your favorite shampoo. Submerge your hairbrush in the water and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. After it’s done soaking, dip and shake a few times to shake away any excess oils and dirt. Finish by rinsing and drying your hairbrush. You should complete these steps at least once a month, and once a week if you use a lot of products. 

In conclusion, brushing your hair the right way has more to do with hair loss and growth than you might think. Brushing too vigorously can result in more hair loss than normal. Using a boar bristle brush can actually promote hair growth by stimulating the blood flow in your scalp. It is also so important to clean your hairbrush regularly to avoid unwanted oil and dust from getting back on your hair.

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