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The Benefits of Boar Bristles

October 2, 2008 by  

Proper hair care and perfect styling starts at the very beginning – with the proper brush. All too often, women do not give the proper thought to the type of brush they are using and it can even become an after thought with most of the attention going to hair styling tools such as straighteners or blow dryers. But don’t let yourself fall into this trap because a quality hair brush can be your most essential hair styling tool.

When it comes to brushes, there are three main types. A plastic brush with bobble ends, synthetic fibers or a boar bristle brush. You can also find any combination of these three types with the most common combination being a mixture of synthetic and boar bristle brushes.

You may have heard a lot of talk about boar bristle brushes, and if you’ve checked out hair brushes recently, you’ll have noticed that boar bristle brushes tend to be more expensive than other types. Why is that? A boar bristle brush is about a lot more than simply brushing your hair. It’s about creating healthy, shiny and manageable hair. Some even say that a boar bristle brush is an entire experience and treat that you can give yourself every day.

Boar bristles are quite hard and densely packed in the brush. This may scare you off at first because you’re afraid of ripping your hair. But don’t worry. The hard bristles are very tough and they are perfect for thick, dense hair. In fact, these brushes are perfect for African American hair that is typically hard to manage.

The hard boar bristles are very effective at removing dirt, dust and debris from the hair because they are so densely packed. When you are using your brush to clean your hair, it’s important to start away from the scalp first and then you can progress to the scalp to receive even more benefits from your brush.

The other excellent feature of a boar bristle brush is the massaging effect. The hard bristles stimulate the scalp, increasing the blood flow which can be very relaxing and soothing. The stimulation of the scalp also spreads the natural oils of the scalp – the sebum through the hair and down the hair shaft. This results in smoother, healthier hair that is soft and manageable. Increasing the blood flow to the scalp has been linked to stimulating hair growth, creating thicker and longer hair as well.

Many people who take a natural approach to hair care like using a boar bristle brush because you can effectively clean your scalp and your hair without using shampoos. Simply remove the debris, dust and build up with your brush and then clean it before using the brush for massaging benefits.

Because it is so effective at trapping dirt and dust, it is very important to clean your brush periodically. It’s very simple to clean your brush, simply turn it over and use a comb to remove any lint or debris that gets caught in the bristles. Occasionally, you may want to give your brush a thorough cleaning by rinsing it under running water or even by soaking it in a bit of shampoo.

It is important to remember when you are using your boar bristle brush to be careful. Because the bristles are so hard, you can cause damage to your hair if you try to force your brush through tough knots or tangles. Also, it is crucial to never brush your hair when it’s wet or you will cause unnecessary damage.

Because you are distributing the natural oils through your hair with the brush, you are sealing the hair cuticle which means that you will see an improved appearance with dead ends, breakage and dry frizzy hair. Your hair will be softer, more manageable and generally much healthier with the repeated use of a boar bristle brush.

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