Does brushing hair stimulate growth?
We must’ve all heard the old wives’ tale that brushing your hair 100 times a day will make it grow longer and stronger. But what if there’s an element of truth behind the tale? Could regularly brushing hair stimulate hair growth?
Does brushing hair help it grow?
There is some evidence to suggest that brushing hair stimulates growth, and that’s through a number of reasons.
First off, brushing your hair with the right kind of hair brush helps to evenly distribute the natural oils created by your scalp. Brushing these nutrient-rich oils through your lengths and ends gives them an injection of moisture that has amazing benefits for your hair health, including anti-frizz, sleekness, and shine. Not only that, but the oils also nourish the roots and keep the scalp moisturised which promotes healthy hair growth.
Secondly, when we brush our hair the bristles gently massage the scalp, which increases blood flow. More blood to the scalp means more nutrients and oxygen are delivered to the follicles, making them healthier and improving their ability to grow healthy hair.
Can too much brushing cause damage?
In short, yes, although exactly how much is too much isn’t exactly clear. Vigorously raking a brush through your hair every morning, noon and night is definitely going to weaken the strands and cause breakage, particularly if you’re using the wrong brush (more on that later).
You could also be doing damage by brushing your hair the wrong way i.e. straight from the root to the tip. This can pull out hair straight from the root, particularly if you come across those dreaded knots. Instead, hold your hair and start brushing the ends first before gradually working your way in sections to the top of your head.
The other way that brushing can cause damage is if you brush it while it’s still wet. Our hair strands are weaker when they’re wet or damp, which means they’re more susceptible to breakage. Pulling a hairbrush through wet hair can create more tension and can end up snapping the hair.
What's the best brush for hair growth?
More often than not, the damage we cause to our hair can be largely blamed on one thing: the brush we use. With the number of various types to choose from, it’s no wonder we often end up picking the wrong one.
First things first, if you’re using one with little plastic balls on the end of the bristles, put it down NOW! These are the absolute worst for your hair, as it can get wrapped around the balls and pulled out. The other thing to remember is not to use a brush with sharp bristles as these can snag on the hair and cause breakage.
The holy grail of hair brushes to stimulate growth is the boar bristle brush. Because the natural bristles have the inherent flexibility to them, they are a lot more gentle on hair and less likely to cause breakage. Boar bristle brushes are also the best at distributing the essential oils throughout the hair shaft, meaning hair is moisturised and healthy. They are definitely the best bet for brushing hair to stimulate growth.
So in answer to the question ‘does brushing hair stimulate growth?’ the answer is… it depends! Brushing your hair can have really beneficial effects on your hair and encourages it to grow, as long as you’re not doing it too much, too roughly or with the wrong brush. We would always recommend a boar bristle brush and gentle technique to help stimulate hair growth.
What do you think? Has brushing your hair helped your hair growth? Or maybe you’ve ditched the hairbrush altogether? We want to hear your stories!