Brushing your hair 100 strokes a day is a myth that has been passed down from one generation to the next. It’s not only too time consuming in today’s busy world, but it’s also likely to damage your hair. So, what’s the right way to brush your hair so it doesn’t cause breakage?
#1 Use a Good Quality Brush
Many people think any old brush will do the job but that’s not the case. It’s not until they switch to a good quality brush that they realise what a difference the right tool can make.
A natural boar bristle brush will distribute the oils from the scalp right through the hair shaft to the ends where the oil is needed most. Boar bristles come in different qualities. Good quality brushes use first grade because the bristle has a rounded tip which is gentle on the scalp.
Hand-dipped nylon pins gently detangle hair without pulling and tugging on a sensitive scalp. A combination brush gives you the detangling and nurturing properties you need.
#2 Start Brushing From the Crown
When faced with a head full of knots, it’s often instinct to take a handful of hair and start brushing out the ends because it will hurt less, particularly in young children. The problem with starting at the ends, you don’t have the benefit of the scalp’s oils to help with the detangling. Good quality brushes such as Scream-Free brushes don’t cause pain because it glides through the hair rather than getting caught in the knots and pulling on hair.
#3 Wet or Dry Is Fine
Some people will tell you to never brush your hair while wet because it will damage or break the hair shaft. But, it comes down to the tools you use. A Scream-Free™ brush is gentle enough that it won’t pull, stretch or break wet hair so it’s completely safe to use in the shower while washing your hair or straight after your shower or swimming.
#4 Frequency of Brushing
For the majority of the population, it’s a good idea to brush your hair two times per day - morning and night. If you have curly or very short hair, once per day may be enough and very long or dry hair may benefit from brushing three times per day.
Brushing is like a mini massage for your scalp. It helps increase blood flow which can improve hair health and growth. Brushing also stimulates the scalp’s oil glands so brushing twice daily won’t lead to over stimulation and oily hair.
#5 Removing Dead Hair
Brushing twice daily also removes loose hairs. We lose up to 100 hairs per day as part of the natural hair renewal process so brushing helps remove those loose, dull strands.
#6 The Right Brush for Styling
If you’re brushing your hair to place it in a ponytail or bun, use a brush that sits in your palm rather than a long-handled brush. A palm-sized brush gives you more control allowing you to get a smoother, neater result than a brush with a handle.
#7 Know When to Replace Your Brush
If you own a boar bristle brush, it’s recommended that you replace it every 6-18 months depending on your type of hair and what products you use. Hair brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, dandruff and yeast that continually get recycled through your hair. They can all lead to irritation and clog your hair follicles. We recommend having your own hair brush as it is similar to a toothbrush, with your own DNA and bacteria.
If your brush is missing bristles, it’s not going to work effectively. The most obvious sign that your Ugly Swan brush needs replacing is our wear indicators, missing pins or when you’re unable to get your brush clean.
Remember, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.