Lately I've started to hear a lot about natural bristle/boar bristle hair brushes. That they leave hair shinier without using other products and they are good for the scalp. So I decided to try it out.
I bought a natural bristle hair brush (Sibel Classic no 73) and after the first time I used it, I was hooked. I've noticed it really does leave my hair shinier and softer.
After buying it I did a little research about the brushes, and here's what I think is interesting about it:
1. The bristles are made with wild hog hair, that's why the other name of them are boar bristle brushes.
2. If you have fine to normal hair, use natural bristle brush, if you have normal to thick hair then use a brush with a mix of nylon and natural bristles, because only natural bristles may be too weak to brush out all the tangles. If you have thick, coarse hair, then you may try all nylon brush, which tends to be stronger.
3. Used correctly, a boar bristle brush is a product-free and non-damaging way to achieve sleek, shiny and healthy hair.
4. Scalp produces an oily substance, sebum. When the substance is left to itself it tends to clog your pores and clump near the hair roots. This process eventually gives the hair unwashed and greasy look. But the boar bristle brush helps spreading the sebum, from the hair root down to entire length of the hair. It helps the sebum to function in coating and protecting your hair. Sebum acts as a natural conditioner which makes hair moisturized and shiny.
5. Natural bristles helps in massaging the scalp and that helps in the stimulation of the blood flow. That helps to relax your body and it's good option for people who have problems with hair growth.
How to use a boar bristle brush?
Detangle your hair gently with a wide-toothed comb or with your fingers. Brush in small sections. With a clean boar bristle brush, brush your hair with long strokes, starting at the scalp and brushing right down to the tips in order to spread the sebum. It may take a few weeks to brush the sebum evenly down to the tips for those, who have long hair.
For a therapeutic scalp massage, bend forward from the waist, so your hair hangs in front of your face and brush "upside down"
How to keep a boar bristle brush clean?
The bristles clean hair by trapping dirt and particles, so it's important to keep the brushes themselves clean.
Remove any long hairs after using. Hold the brush bristle-side down over the sink and run the back of a comb several times through the bristles to loosen the dust. Every once in a while give your brush a proper wash by soaking it in the sink with little shampoo or cleaning liquid. Dry thoroughly before using.