One of my favourite hair care tools for achieving healthy hair is a wooden bristle brush. They’re wonderful for all hair types and truly make a difference! If you’re wanting to learn about the many benefits of using a wooden brush and how I use them in my natural hair care routine, continue reading.
Benefits of using a wooden bristle brush:
Promotes hair growth: Brushing with a wooden bristle brush massages the scalp. This brings blood circulation to the scalp and stimulates hair follicles to promote hair growth.
Massage the scalp: I love the feeling of brushing my hair with a wooden bristle brush. It’s like a mini scalp massage at home! It’s very relaxing, therefore can help lower stress levels.
Anti-static: Unlike plastic or metal brushes/combs, wooden bristle brushes don’t produce any static.
Conditions hair: the wood bristles distribute your scalp’s natural oils through your hair helping to keep your hair conditioned and soft. It’s like a free conditioning treatment!
Reduces breakage: Many people find that they get less breakage when using a wooden brush. The wood is smooth and your hair will glide over it.
Hypoallergenic: They’re a great choice if you have a sensitive scalp. The smooth bristles are very gentle.
Better for the environment: Most brushes are composed of plastic that will eventually end up in a landfill. Wooden brushes are made from wood and rubber which is much more sustainable. If you buy a high quality wooden brush it should last for years to come. If you are worried about deforestation then look for a brush that has the FSC label. “The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.”
Wooden Brush Tips:
How do you brush your hair with a wooden brush?
I first get any major knots/mats out by either finger combing, using a detangler brush, or using a wide-tooth wood comb. Then I use my wooden brush and start at the ends of my hair and work my way up to the scalp. It’s important to start at your ends to prevent ripping your hair out. Being gentle is key! Take time and really massage the scalp. I sometimes like to flip my hair over and brush the nape of my neck down to the ends of my hair. It feels so good! Brush your hair morning and evening to prevent tangles and mats. You can see detailed instructions on how I brush my hair in the video below.
How do I wash my brush?
I remove the excess hair from my brush every few days. You can use a chopstick to help you do this. If you feel your bristles are getting a residue on them, you can simply wash the bristles with a bit of gentle shampoo and water.
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