100 brush motions

Hair Care Myth #4: You should brush your hair 100 times every day

100 brushstrokes everyday enhances shine and improves the health of your hair: most of us have heard this adage. Is it true? 

100 brush motions

What Yahoo! pour Elles says:

On the contrary! If you brush your hair too often and too much, you will weaken your hair shafts. If you pull too hard, you may snatch or break your hair, especially if its wet. On the other hand a soft brushing can help stimulate and spread your scalp’s oil on your hair and increase shine.

Comment from the Atelier Emmanuel Team:

There’s a truth in the myth.

You don’t need to count 100 brushstrokes and hair doesn’t do well with excessive brushing. However, brushing has many benefits for both your scalp and your hair:

  • It stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which helps healthy hair growth.
  • It brings oil from your scalp to your hair, which is beneficial to the hair.
  • It eliminates environmental ‘dirt’ and hair products that accumulate daily. Clearing out this buildup is good for both the scalp and the hair.
  • Combined, these 3 benefits add a desirable shine to the hair. 

The key is to brush enough everyday to get these perks, but not so much that you start damaging the hair. You don’t want to be rough on the hair ends. You want a continuous brushstroke from scalp to ends in order to distribute oils; but on the hair, your approach should be to detangle it, not attack it! As our stylist David Reposar points out, the quality of your brush also makes a big difference: natural bristles (ideally boar) is better for your hair than synthetic fibers.

Brush daily, but take it easy!

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