You might have heard some old wives tales about beauty and the 100 strokes one is very popular. Some say if you brush your hair every night at least 100 strokes it will keep your hair nice and long and healthy. In this post we will look at the science behind this claim and see if it is really worth brushing your hair so often.
The sebaceous glands produce oil to lubricate the scalp and hair, brushing is a good way to distribute the natural oils through the hair to the ends, resulting in shiny hair after brushing. If you want to brush your hair when it is not wet then a bristle brush would be perfect, gets rid of knots and distributes the natural oils.
Using the brush to gently massage your scalp ( before shampooing ) can increase bloodflow which can stimulate hair growth. So maybe we should be concentrating on a scalp massage each night or brushing and massaging with a certain brush then doing a few strokes throughout the hair.
Using a natural bristle brush is preferable if you want to distribute the natural oils through the hair, also people with frizzy or very curly hair need to be using a certain type of brush.
So brushing your hair 100 times a night is not needed! what’s needed is to be in know know about what brushes you ahould be using for your hair type and when its okay to brush hair, For instance after conditioning in the shower you are best to use a wide tooth comb to gently brush through your hair, hair stretches when wet and if you have bleached or damaged hair this is when brushes can cause breakage. Overall you want to be massaging your scalp in order the create strong long and healthy hair!