How to Brush Your Hair to Stimulate the Scalp

Use a wide paddle brush to stimulate your scalp.

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Some people believe that stimulating your scalp by brushing your hair helps promote hair growth. The jury's still out on whether that's true, but brushing your hair the right way certainly can't hurt. Choose the right brush and make sure you comb your hair when it's completely dry and tangle-free, and you'll be left with soft, silky strands that you--and your special someone--will love running your hands through. If it helps your hair grow, that's even better!

1.

Look for a wide, paddle-like brush with bristles spaced 1/8 to 1/4 inch apart. The tips of the bristles should be tipped with rubber or plastic, so they don't scratch your scalp and snag your hair. Use the palm of your hand to move the bristles back and forth; they should be a little flexible, so they don't pull your hair too much.

2.

Wash, condition and dry your hair thoroughly. Apply a detangling spray or cream. Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb, until it's free of knots and snarls.

3.

Place the brush on your scalp and pull it along the length of your hair, until you reach the end. Keep the brush in contact with your scalp as long as you can, while pulling it through your hair. Continue brushing your hair this way for ten minutes.

4.

Place the brush on your scalp. Apply gentle pressure and move the brush in a small circle. Repeat this all over your scalp, until you've massaged your entire head. You can do this step with your fingers--rather than a brush--if you like.

5.

Brush and massage your scalp and hair this way each morning and night. If nothing else, it'll leave your hair feeling soft and silky, and you deserve some daily pampering.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Shampoo

3.Blow dryer

5.Wide-toothed comb

2.Conditioner

4.Detangling spray or cream

6.Paddle brush

 

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