Believe it or not, the kind of brush you use really makes a difference in how your hair grows and remains healthy in the long run. Brushing your hair may seem like a menial task, but the importance behind it is always swept under the rug. Especially when it comes to thinning hair, what kind of brush you use matters. Below we have know-how’s on what brush you need to save your thinning hair and how to brush it.
Why does brushing help with thinning hair?
This may be a question you’re pondering as you read this. Before you click away, here is why brushing hair is so important for thinning hair:
Prevents hair loss
Usually hair loss is due to genetics, stress, state of health, or blood circulation. Since hair loss is usually occurring at the scalp level, brushing your hair actually stimulates the blood in your scalp, allowing for nutrients and oxygen to reach the roots of your hair and therefore making your hair healthier and stronger.
Gets rid of buildup
Your scalp is also a place for dirt and impurities to hide away on. Brushing can help to scrape away any product build up, dead skin cells and dirt off, leaving your scalp much fresher and the pores up there less clogged.
Your hair is probably low on its natural oils if your hair is thinning; brushing helps to redistribute the natural oils in your hair evenly so that every strand is moisturized and conditioned, which is why when you brush, your hair often feels much softer and easier to manage afterwards.
What brush should I use for thinning hair?
For thinning hair, you want a brush that’s going to help give you volume. We have a few options that are great for when it comes to thinning hair:
These kinds of brushes have hair fibers in the bristles, which attach to your hair and add volume and help your hair grow.
This brush is especially great for those who have thinning fine hair. If you’re using a hair dryer on your hair, a metal round brush especially as it helps to retain heat. A tip when getting a round brush is that the longer your hair, the larger the barrel of the brush.
This comb is quite small and does not seem to do much for thinning hair, but this comb specifically adds volume when styling your hair.
Large brushes such as oval brushes also help add volume. Brushes with natural boar bristles as they help stimulate hair growth by evenly spreading natural oils, massaging the scalp and getting rid of impurities.
How do I know I’m not using the right brush?
Sometimes it might not be apparent that you have the wrong brush for your hair type. One way to know that the brush you have isn’t right for you is if your hair gets tangled when brushing rather than untangled. It’s most likely due to the type of bristle the brush has. For fine hair, it’s best to steer away from synthetic bristles such as nylon and plastic and more so with natural bristles made of animal hair.
How do I brush my thinning hair?
You can’t just rush brushing or run through your hair a few times and call it good. Brushing your hair is a bit more elaborate than that and doing it the right way really makes a difference.
Brush your hair gently
Brushing your hair roughly and quickly can cause damage such as removing protective layers, split ends, etc. Doing so can make your hair weaker and more susceptible to heat damage from styling tools and UV rays and overall damage from dyeing hair. Start from the opposite end all the way to the roots when brushing if you want to avoid tugging and breakage.
It’s best to detangle hair when it’s wet, but do take care when doing so as when your hair is wet, it’s most vulnerable to getting pulled out compared to when it’s dry. Use a wide tooth comb or brush to separate strands without tugging too much on the roots.
Clean your brush
A step that most people aren’t aware of is that you should clean your brush. Often brushes accumulate dead loose strands of hair and makes your brush less effective. A few ways you can clean your brush is running a comb through a brush, rinsing the brush with warm water and leaving it to air dry or scrubbing the brush with an old toothbrush and shampoo.
Hopefully, this article was able to help you figure out how to help out your thinning hair with a simple brush change, brushing technique change, or overall a new step or two added to your grooming routine!