As a kid, the benefits of brushing your hair were probably not at the forefront of your mind after bathtime each night. Most likely it was a chore and a segue to bigger and better things—cartoon marathon anyone? Over the years your hairbrush likely got lost somewhere in the back of a bathroom drawer as you moved onto the trendier wide-toothed comb and settled into a newer and more grown-up hair care routine. But you definitely shouldn’t brush off (yes, we went there) the benefits of brushing your hair. Not only a way to detangle your hair, a good hair brush can prep your hair for styling. Read on to discover even more of the benefits of brushing your hair.
Benefits of Brushing Your Hair
1. Brushes help deliver a natural shine.
Brushing your hair redistributes your hair’s natural oils over each strand as it provides you with a shortcut to natural shine and conditioning. This is especially beneficial when you use natural bristle brushes. Not only will you be showing off glistening strands, these natural oils act as a hair strengthener, as well. However, according to Unilever’s Leon-van Gorkom, “using a shampoo and conditioner will be much more effective in creating shine.”
2. Hair brushing can stimulate your scalp.
Brush bristles work to stimulate your capillaries, thereby increasing blood circulation to your scalp and bringing oxygen and nutrients to the hair stem. Plus, brushing your hair can give you a mini massage as you
3. Brushes act like a second shampoo.
It makes sense when you think about it – brushing your hair eliminates built-up product, dry skin and impurities on your scalp by literally brushing them out. Leon-van Gorkom noted, “brushing your hair can loosen the product up before you shampoo, which is especially important if you are using a strong rigid hold styling aid such as hairspray, mousses and some gels.”
Shampooing your hair will take care of most of the cleansing but sometimes you need a little something extra to help out. Start by cleaning and conditioning hair by using Love Beauty and Planet Indian Lilac & Clove Leaf Positively Shiny Shampoo and Conditioner and blow-dry or air-dry your hair. Then, use your brush to brush away any impurities and style as normal. Leon-van Gorkom stated, “by focusing on the actual method of shampooing, you should not need something extra to help with cleansing or brushing away impurities.”
4. Brushes can help with knots
Even big kids (like us) can get knots and tangles. Annoying, right? Well, your trusty brush can help you to get out the knots as it smooths the hair. Use a detangler like Suave Professionals Cream Detangler Spray to help smooth and strengthen your hair as you brush.
5. Brushes can help with styling.
While we love good hair care products, you still need a brush to help mold and shape your look. A go-to brush for styling and scoring that coveted blowout is the round brush. We also love how the boar bristle brush works to smooth out our hair and contain any hair frizz.