One of my favourite parts of my daily beauty ritual is combing through my hair. It can be a very meditative, mindful experience and knowing its many benefits also helps to make it even more enjoyable.
When you comb your hair, you stimulate the scalp which increases blood flow. The majority of blood vessels that supply your scalp are present at the back of your head. The increased circulation brings with it more oxygen and nutrients, which nourish the hair roots and promote hair growth.
Combing also activates the sebaceous gland, which produces the scalps natural oils; sebum. Along with keeping the scalp and hair moisturized, sebum coats the scalp surface and work to create the right pH balance, which is very important for healthy scalp. And healthy scalp equals healthy hair.
Frequent hair combing also naturally nourishes dry and frizzy hair as it moves the natural conditioning oils from the scalp down to the ends of your hair.
This process also helps to loosen and remove dead skin which could clog the pores of the scalp and block the follicles, causing scalp irritation as well as affecting the hair growth.
Hair combing is a pretty straight forward exercise which doesn't need much explanation however there are a few tips that I would like to share:
Firstly, I start by using a light Daily Hair Oil through my hair, particularly the ends. Oil acts as a sealant and protects the hair when combing. Its also helps the comb glide through easily.
Starting at your scalp, simply glide the comb all the way to the ends. Cover all directions — left, right, front, and back. Just make sure you don’t press too hard with the comb, as it can scratch your scalp or damage the new growth.
Choose the right comb. Always use a wide tooth comb, and preferably a wooden comb rather than plastic. Wide-tooth combs have wider tips, which feel like little massaging fingers on your scalp. This also helps increase circulation on your scalp, bringing nutrients to the hair roots. Never use fine tooth combs as they can pull hair out, break it and even scratch the scalp. Wooden bristles are gentle, more flexible, and therefore less likely to break the hair when combing. Plus, wooden bristles don’t produce any static.