Brushing your hair properly is one of the most important elements in the maintenance and rejuvenation of your hair, especially when combined with a scalp massage. It is second only to proper diet and the use of organic shampoos.
Other than the primary function of brushing or styling hair, hair brushing serves several other important purposes; cleaning and massaging the scalp, and stimulating the release of a beneficial oil called sebum. Sebum is released by the sebaceous gland at the base of the hair follicle as a result of the gentle hair tugging action caused by brushing. Brushing the hair cleans the hair shaft, follicle, and scalp by removing trapped scale, dirt, and oils. Brushing also distributes the Sebum, coating, lubricating, and protecting the hair shaft resulting in a healthy glow or sheen and soft flexible hair. Because sebum protects and moisturizes, regular bushing results in hair that is healthier, more manageable, and easier to style
Which Brush to Use
Using the proper brush is as important as properly brushing your hair. A natural-bristle brush is the best one to use. Boar bristles are ideal. They are almost identical to human hair in texture. They are gentle to your hair, and evenly distribute your natural oils while absorbing excess oil and removing foreign matter.
To choose the brush that is ideal for your hair and scalp depends on the thickness of your hair and the sensitivity of your scalp,you may need a very soft bristle brush or a hard more course one. People with very thick or very curly hair, may find a pure boar bristle product to be a bit too soft to penetrate the hair mass and contact the scalp. For these people, a blend of natural boar bristle and nylon may prove to be a good alternative. You will know the brush that is right for you by the soothing, enlivening effect it has on your scalp.
How to Brush Your Hair
Stand erect, then bend over from the waist as far down as you can, allowing the blood to flow into the scalp. This increase in circulation stimulates and nourishes the entire scalp and follicles, activating new hair growth. Firmly grasp the brush by the handle; draw it up from the nape of the neck along the sides and over the crown to the front hairline in a slow, easy motion, all the way to the ends of the hair. Brushing for 3 to 5 minutes stimulates the glands and scalp as well. More importantly, it fills the brush bristles with sebum, which you are now ready to distribute to your scalp and hair.
Stand erect with your brush, which is now laden with sebum. Brush from the front hairline back through the hair, allowing the brush to penetrate to the scalp. Stroking smoothly and gently to avoid scratching the scalp, brush down to the nape, all the way to the ends of your hair. This thoroughly coats your hair with sebum, allowing this " natural elixir" to condition and add body and luster to your hair.
When to Brush
For the ultimate maintenance and rejuvenation of your hair, it is vitally important to maintain a schedule of regular brushing. For optimum results, brush your hair and scalp twice a day - in the morning and at bedtime. Make brushing a habit. Set a regular schedule and commit to it. Nightly brushing is critical. By coating your hair with additional sebum, you will be conditioning your new growth of hair throughout the night.
How to Massage Your Scalp
Massage your scalp 1 to 2 times a day. Begin at the nape of the neck, massaging gently but vigorously in a circular manner for 3 to 5 minutes or until you feel the scalp tingling from the flow of blood. While brushing does the external work on the scalp and hair, scalp massaging works internally, stimulating the deeper tissues of the scalp where the sebaceous glands reside. When activated in this manner, the sebaceous glands produce a balanced portion of sebum. Be sure to begin your massage at the nape of the neck, because it contains the largest concentration of sebaceous glands. Massage beyond the hairline further down the nape of the neck to release any lingering tension and stress.