Brush, Baby, Brush!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted, but I'm back home now and between the horrendous construction going on in my apartment and intense jet lag, things have been a little crazy around here. In any case, I'm back now with a revelation that might have changed my grooming life.

As basic as it seems, I've never really brushed my hair--as far from the "100 strokes before you go to sleep" philosophy as you could get. Even when I was younger, I wore my hair pretty long and it tangled so easily that brushing it out became a chore I neglected entirely. (My mom, by the way, responded to my refusal to brush by hacking my hair to chin-length).

Some of you may be surprised by my avoidance of brushes, but given my hair's texture and the way I wear it, it makes sense. As a wash-and-go girl, the natural waviness of my locks are what allow me to have a semi-interesting hairdo without any styling. Brushing my hair breaks up these waves and leaves me with kinda straight, kinda kinky hair that just looks bizarre. (Curly-haired people, you know what I'm talking about!)

But at my last appointment, my hairdresser told me that brushing your hair is what stimulates your scalp and spreads its natural oils to the drier parts of your strands. Apparently, hair brushing is highly underrated for hair health--who knew?

So because I'll try anything and my hair stylist is adorable, I went out and bought a Denman Grooming Brush with Natural and Nylon Bristles. The only reason, by the way, I knew about this brand was from a post on Lauren Conrad's beauty website! Say what you will about her, but The Beauty Department is pretty informative! If you look at the post, you'll see that I substituted the brush Kristin recommends (entirely boar hair) for one with nylon mixed in because boar bristles aren't stiff enough to go all the way through my hair.

After making the purchase, for the past six months, I've been using it in a rather unusual way. Because brushing during the daytime or whenever ruins my hairstyle (well, if you can call it that) I wait until I'm about to get my hair wet. As I shampoo every other day, by the time I'm ready to give my hair a good wash, there's already a good amount of oil (read: grease) in my scalp. Brushing it through makes me look like I've gone and oiled my whole head, but also makes my hair surprisingly shiny. Plus, by showering with your hair already brushed out, I've found I shed less in the tub and my conditioner is easier to spread throughout.

But it's actually the long-term results that have really impressed me.

My hair has honest to goodness never felt or looked healthier. The under layers of my hair that are normally bone dry have more moisture and shine to them, and although it's been over half a year since my last haircut, my ends are still in good shape.

I do use hair masks fairly frequently (about once every two weeks or so) but I've always done that and my hair's never looked or felt like this before!

Needless to say, I am now a total convert to hair brushing. I guess Marcia Brady had it right, after all! (Even though Jan was clearly the superior sister!)

Let me know if you're a brushing addict, or if you don't even own a hair brush in the comments below!

Hope you're all having a great week!

1 comment :

  1. Huh. I always comb in the shower, but I do "shed" tons. I'll try this.