If you read our previous blog, you will know the benefits of using a boar bristle brush. This blog shows you how to use a boar bristle brush to get the best outcomes for your hair. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Please read on – you may be surprised with the techniques we share with you.
Start with dry hair – avoid boar bristle brushing wet hair, because this can cause breakage and doesn’t distribute the sebum well.
Detangle hair first – a boar bristle brush will not detangle and will actually create more tangles if you start with a tousled head of hair. Gently detangle your hair first using a wide-tooth comb.
Always brush from root to tip – With each stroke of the brush, start at the root of the hair and work all the way down to the tip. This distributes the sebum and creates shiny, bouncy locks.
Brush in sections – Unlike a regular hair brush, you need to approach boar bristle brushing with a careful plan of action. First, start by brushing the back of the hair by bending over, then stand up and brush the hairline.
Calm the “boar bristle brush static” – Because a boar bristle brush separates each hair strand to naturally condition it with sebum, you’ll notice that your hair “poofs” or becomes static-y during brushing. This is to be expected and it is simple to address. If you have wavy or straight hair, simply give your hair a twist or two and it will fall naturally.
Boar bristle brushes and heavy products don’t mix – One of the reasons I recommend switching to my recommended products is that you’ll no longer need heavy styling products. Leave-in products like mousses and hairsprays just don’t mix well with boar bristle brushing because they can clog up the bristles. If you feel the need to use a leave-in conditioner or anti-frizz serum, please follow our recommendations.
Clean your brush regularly – use a comb to remove the hair from your boar bristle brush after each use. You may also notice a white powder coating the bristles. This can be product build-up or dandruff. To clean my brush, I rinse it under cool water then use a lint-free, tightly-woven towel to gently remove the residue from the bristles.
Use your boar bristle brush regularly for best results – Enjoy a few relaxing minutes of boar bristle brushing each morning and evening. Once you try it, you’ll get hooked with the gentle scalp massage and the healthy shine of your hair.