Did you lose hair after having babies? A friend of mine who had her first child when I was pregnant with my first suffered quite bad hair loss – something I had never heard of before and completely freaked out about once I knew. In a bid to prevent ever suffering the same fate, as soon as my own baby was born, I began taking a Skin Hair and Nails supplement and followed this pattern after each of my babies arrived. Thankfully it seemed to keep the hair loss fairies at bay and I’ve always thought it was the supplements that saved me from that fate.
But blow me down, just this year my turn has come. And it didn’t show itself by clumps of hair coming out when I would brush it or handfuls falling out in the shower. It came to my attention when I couldn’t quite figure out what was going on with my always consistent side part. I noticed fluff and little bits of baby hair fuzz and a somewhat thinned out front panel of hair that meant my part wasn’t sitting how it always, always has.
Upon visiting my hair dresser, she told me that apparently hair grows in seven year cycles and given that my eldest child is now seven, suggested that I was experiencing a major change in my hair growth behaviour. It helped to have this understanding, depressing as it is.
In light of the above revelations, I have been trying to do everything I can to bring my once lustrous locks back. I’m under no illusions that my hair will ever return to it’s former glory given my age and the reference the Allure article linked above gives to the gradual thinning that is inevitable with age, but I’ll give anything a shot.
This hurdle in my path got me thinking about hair health and in particular hair brushes. Ever heard the saying that you should brush your hair 1000 strokes a day?
I’ve been very guilty (since being a Mama and never making time to do my hair) of going several days in a row without brushing, opting for a messy top knot instead. And because I only wash my hair once or twice a week, it’s been easier to just chuck it up since brushing has only ever been about the purpose of removing knots. As I’ve looked into hair treatment and condition however, I’ve discovered that the purpose of brushing hair is actually more fundamental to good hair health than simply removing tangles. Regular hair brushing promotes a healthy scalp and shiny hair. It massages the scalp, stimulating sebaceous glands while also removing hair products that could be damaging the hair shaft. I’ve been trying to actively brush my hair before bed each evening in an attempt to promote a healthier scalp and to stimulate growth.
There are so many kinds of brushes on the market now and it can be hard to know which one to use, and for what purpose. As I’ve been doing my own research and building up a little kit of brushes to suit my own needs, I thought you may be in the dark about this stuff too, so let me share what I’ve learned.
GROOMING BRUSH – BOAR BRISTLE
Boar bristles are more gentle on hair follicles, which makes this hair brush ideal for fine to normal hair or bald and sensitive scalps. It’s perfectly suited for babies and young children as it’s soft on the scalp and deals with wispy hair adequately.
DELUXE LARGE PADDLE
A large paddle brush has always been my brush of choice. Mostly because it was large and I had a lot of hair. I didn’t really understand what best suited my needs or my hair type, I just figured this type of brush had a large surface area and I had a lot of hair to brush so it would be best suited. And it is, for everyday brushing, but there are plenty of other brushes that I’ve added to my collection recently which are designed for specific needs which we’ll work through, but for now, the large paddle brush is a must have grooming brush as it’s ideal for use on all hair lengths, prevents staticness, creates sleek blowouts and helps to smooth over updos. This one pictured is constructed from a mix of nylon and boar bristles which adds a professional dimension to the brush and helps to evenly distributing the scalp’s natural oils, leaving a sleek and stylish finish. This is as I assumed, ideal for use on thicker hair.
Until recently I had only ever used the Tangle Teezer on my daughter’s hair post washing. I had never thought to use it on my own as I had always favoured a comb for wet hair. But my what a difference this little guy makes. It’s firm plastic teeth feel so great on my scalp (like a little massage) and the compact design makes it easy to travel with so it’s a perfect all rounder for basic brushing needs. This design minimises hair breakage caused by usual tugging when detangling. It promotes healthy looking hair by increasing shine, leaving it looking silky smooth after styling. Can be used on wet or dry hair without pulling or yanking, although I much prefer it for wet brushing.
SMALL BARREL CERAMIC BRUSH
If you pay attention next time you’re at the hair dresser and she (or he) is blowaving your hair following your cut and/or colour, you will likely see them using a brush like this one with a ceramic barrel and ionic pins. A hair stylists dexterity astounds me and I only wish I could recreate the bouncy curls they manage with a simple flick of the wrist and a blast of hot hair down the barrel. The secret of this brush design is in the ceramic barrel which helps to retain heat in the brush for effective styling and that enviable salon finish. The vented barrel allows more heat to flow through the brush as you style which gives more volume and body and negative ions create healthier, shinier hair. I’m loving having this little guy in my hair brush arsenal, though I have yet to master salon quality results – but I’ll keep practising!
MEDIUM DELUXE STYLISH BRUSH
This final brush is a combination of natural boar bristles and plastic bristles and is perfect for brushing and styling. The natural bristles assist in creating shine and give your hair a sleek finish as boar bristle brushing is akin to a conditioning treatment. While boar bristles do boast styling benefits, their function in hair brushing was originally to improve hair texture and shine before products like conditioners and hair serums existed. The unique structure of the boar bristle carries sebum – the oil produced by the scalp – from the scalp to the end of the hair shaft. You can read more here about the benefits of brushing with boar bristled brush.
It’s too early to tell any real differences in my hair yet, but I’m loving the little nighttime ritual I’ve got going when it comes to hairbrushing. I brush my teeth, double cleanse my face, apply eye cream, serum and night cream and finally brush my hair. 100 strokes is a lot!
Do you brush your hair to get knots out or to condition your tresses?
* I received some of these products for editorial consideration