yay for NO-‘POO WEEK!! and to make up for yesterday’s lack of no-‘poo posts, here’s your double whammy for today!
i have TWO ways to safely brush your hair while no-‘poo (and even if you’re not a no-‘poo-er, your hair will thank you tremendously for using these techniques instead of your typical hair brush. aka, EVERYONE should follow this, no matter what your hair care routine is currently!!).
even with these 2, remember to:
- NEVER brush your hair while wet! always brush hair while dry
- NEVER detangle from the top down. always brush out tangles by starting at the bottom and working your way up.
- don’t brush your hair multiple times a day. that puts unnecessary strain on it. once a day or every few days is plenty, especially with a natural bristle brush. sometimes i brush my hair every week, sometimes every 3 days. and i usually get tangles out with my fingers.
wait. what’s wrong with my current brush?
if it’s plastic or metal, throw it out. plastic bristles pull and tear at hair (especially the ones with those different size bristles in one brush things). you know those paddle brushes with the metal bristles and the little plastic beady things on the tips? HORRIBLE for your hair! so horrible.
*used for gentle detangling ONLY
i use this for those times i have bed-head and my fingers just won’t do the detangling job. this comb shouldn’t be used multiple times a day, or even every day if you can help it. just some gentle detangling!
NATURAL BRISTLE BRUSH
*used for hair health
natural bristle brushes, like boar bristle brushes, are used to help distribute your scalp oils down the rest of your hair, smooth your hair’s cuticle, and also helps stimulate your scalp. i suggest using a boar bristle brush because it’s the most similar to human hair. so yes, you’ll be brushing your hair with hair!
because natural bristle brushes are not meant for detangling, they will most likely not penetrate all through the thickness of your hair. i’ve found it best to put my hair half up, and brush it half at at time, ensuring i get it all.
– wide tooth comb – wipe down with a soapy, warm washcloth. rinse & let air dry/or wipe dry. done!
– natural bristle brush- because they’re so similar to human hair, you will see every little bit of crud it picks up…oils, sebum, extra product, lint (story of my life), etc. so every week at least, you HAVE to clean it! first, run your comb thru it sideways (in the direction of the bristles) to get the big gunk out…like your hair. next, mix up a solution of warm water and soap (i use dr bronners of course). i make about a 1:15 mix ration of soap:water for my brush. seems to do the trick! let the brush soak bristle side down in the water for 5 to 15 minutes to loosen everything up. then gently run your hand back and forth over the bristles to encourage all the gunk to get outta there. then give the bristles a good swish around in the water. then rinse the bristles well under running water, and shake excess water off. take a clean, dry towel and very gently press it into the bristles on all sides to sop up extra water. lastly, lay your brush on the towel BRISTLES DOWN (so the water doesn’t get into the handle) and let completely dry. done!
this is what happened when i went 2 weeks without cleaning my BBB. that powdery stuff is dry shampoo…and sebum! so gross!
– wide tooth comb – any place that sells combs around you. i like the one i have because it has oil infused into it. check it out here.
– natural bristle brush- they should ONLY contain natural bristles (NOT mixed with nylon), and are usually set in wood. do your research 🙂 i’m going to suggest boar, so check some out here:
- mason pearson (if you can afford these, you should buy me one, too. haha.). regular size & pocket size
- ulta & ulta
- of course there’s more… just check them out! usually super cheap ones aren’t real.
who out there has discovered the magic of a natural bristle brush? &/or not brushing every day??