Scalp brushing has gained recent popularity as an effective natural hair trend, and rightly so. We have been passing on the benefits of scalp brushing to clients for many years and have put together a guide to reap it's benefits at home.
To explain the reasons why scalp brushing is so effective, we think it's important to describe what is happening under our scalps. Afterall, each section of skin under our scalp contributes to its overall natural care cycle.
The top layer of skin, the Epidermis, is made up of multiple layers. These layers are constantly renewing and shedding themselves, pushing new skin cells up towards the surface. On average, skin cells take 3-6 weeks to be pushed up from the bottom layer of the Epidermis to the top. When Epidermis pores are blocked, the skin is unable to shed its dead cells which can causing irritation and resuide build-up on the scalp.
Below the Epidermis lies the Dermis. The Dermis is home to capillaries, which carry blood and nutrients to the layers of skin above it. The dermis also contains nerves, hair follicles, and Sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are small sac like glands that produce a fatty substance called Sebum, which acts as our skins own natural moisturiser.
In the modern world, products that we use on our hair and scalp can cause further blockages on the scalp and halt the skins natural regeneration process. A build-up of products can block pores and prevent the hair from receiving its own essential resources.
By actively brushing the scalp, you can help to remove the build-up of products as wells as the dead skin cells caused from natural shedding.
Scalp brushing distributes Sebum around the head, ensuring that even the very ends of the hair are kept naturally moisturised.
Brushing the scalp regularly also helps to stimulate the capillaries in the Dermis, causing an increase of blood circulation. An increase of blood means an increase of nutrients reaching the folicules, promoting natural growth and thickness.
Boost of blood flow to the area
Clearing of dead skin cells and dandruff
Ability to unblock pores
Removes product residue
Distribute the body’s own natural moisturisers
Hydrates dry ends
Promotes hair growth and vitality
Now you know why scalp brushing has such a positive effect on the scalp, it is time to put your knowledge into practise. Contrary to some belief, correct scalp brushing does not accelerate hair loss, but actually encourages hair to grow and remain full.
To maximise the impact of scalp brushing, we recommend following our guide once a day. Our routine takes 3 minutes and is designed to be maintainable in busy modern-day life.
It is important to brush with enough gentle pressure to the feel the bristles on the scalp and stimulate blood flow below the surface, but not so much pressure that the process causes pain or irritation to the area.
Dandruff, excess oil, and products can build up overnight. So, we advise that if you can only fit the routine in once, then complete it in the morning. Ultimately, morning brushing is recommended for optimal timing, but any time of day is suitable to experience benefits.
To get most out of the process, we recommend specifically designed brushes. The following brushes are designed to optimise your scalp brushing routine and encourage optimal hair and scalp maintenance.
Boar hair is well known in the industry as the ultimate scalp brush companion. Its natural bristles absorb sebum from the scalp and distribute it from roots to ends, effortlessly.
YELASAI’s Wild Boar brush is designed ergonomically, to minimise physical effort and maximise scalp care efficiency. Made from High-quality, antistatic Wild Boar Bristles and a maple wood pattern that is unique to every brush, it is designed to make your experience as indulgent as possible.
Wooden pinned brushes can be used on all hair types, to gently stimulate the scalp without damaging it. The thicker bristles of wooden brushes are known to be gentler, and more soothing that plastic alternatives.
Our Wooden Pinned brush is made from sustainable FSC-certified ash wood and offers an antistatic effect of the highest quality.
To gently massage the scalp, we recommend using a wooden comb as apposed to a plastic one. YELASAI’s wooden hair comb is an efficient 20cm long comb built with a variety of thick, medium, and narrow teeth.
We use sustainable FSC-approved ash wood, designed to provide natural antistatic care for all hair types.
At YELASAI, we believe in caring for hair with the best possible ingredient’s nature has to offer. All our products are made with mineral-rich, natural ingredients that help to provide the hair and scalp with the nutrients it needs to continue to shine and regenerate itself.
Silicones, chemicals, and cheap product fillers can damage PH levels on the scalp and can cause more long-time damage than intended. To properly care for your hair, use products that are specifically designed with the scalp in mind, and reduce your hair washing to 1-3 times a week.
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