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Hairbrushes

How Long Should I Keep My Hairbrush?

Most hair stylists generally recommend you buy a new hairbrush at least once a year. While your brush may still appear to be in good condition, once the bristles become worn down they can actually cause damage to the hair. A brush in poor condition can even break or pull out your hair at the follicle. The majority of hair brushes have round tips at the end of the bristles. These are referred to as epoxy ball tips. They help the brush move through your hair easier without pulling on it. If the epoxy ball tips become damaged or break off, they can cause injury to the scalp by scratching it. The life of your hairbrush will also depend on other factors such as how often you brush your hair, your hair length and texture, and the type of hair brush you purchase.

Your hairbrush not only styles your hair but is needed to stimulate your scalp as well. This is important to ensure that hair contains enough natural oils to keep it looking healthy. As a person ages, the amount of natural oil in their hair tends to decrease and can leave hair looking dull. When the hair is brushed, a natural oil called sebum is released. Sebum both protects the hair and acts as a natural moisturizer. By brushing your hair daily with the proper hair brush, you can keep it healthy and shiny.

Choosing a Hairbrush

When choosing a hairbrush you should realize that not all brands are alike. A hair brush made with boar or nylon bristles is the best type to purchase. While it will be a little more expensive than others, it is well worth the added cost. Hair brushes that are made with plastic or synthetic bristles tend to be stiffer and often will pull out the hair or scratch the scalp. A brush made with boar or nylon bristles will outlast one made from plastic.

Cleaning a Hairbrush

Cleaning your hairbrush on a regular basis is just as important as replacing it. Even if the brush has not become damaged yet, it may still have natural oil build up on it or residue built up from hair styling products. This is especially true if you use hairspray often. Too much hairspray can cause your scalp to itch. If you don’t clean your hairbrush regularly, the dirt and oil build up will be transferred to your hair.

After first removing the hairs from your brush, you should clean it with warm water and a mild soap or shampoo. You can use an old toothbrush to gently remove excess dirt and oil residue. Avoid soaking the brush in water since this can cause the bristles to separate and eventually break off. By taking a little extra time to care for your brush, you can keep both it and your hair in good condition. Most of us spend a lot of time caring for our hair. It only makes sense to choose a good hairbrush as well.

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