What is the point of brushing your hair 100 times a day?
100 brush strokes a day for shiny dream hair? This tip comes from a time when hair washing was a rarity: In the 19th century, even for the nobility, it was only done about every two weeks. The rest of the time people wore wigs or used violet powder. The fragrance created a touch of freshness, the powder absorbed sebum and made the hair look less greasy. Just like dry shampoo, the white powder had to be well distributed so as not to be visible on the hair. This was achieved by a particularly large number of brush strokes, which in over time became the number 100. In any case, the result of the procedure is supposed to be beautiful hair. Does this principle still work today and without powder?
Straight hair = beautiful hair
In fact, brushed hair looks healthier, and there is a logical explanation for this effect, known hair stylist and make-up artist Clara Ermecke explains to NEW YORKER News that "The combing motion smoothes the hair surface." When the hair scales are in place, the light can be reflected more strongly. This makes the hair shine. At the same time, the blood circulation is stimulated by brushing as is the production of sebum. This endogenous fat is the perfect natural care substance and seals dry dandruff: "If sebum is distributed in the hair by the scalp, the hair can feel smoother," says Ermecke.
Brushing lets the scalp breathe
One thing is certain: regular brushing frees the scalp from dirt and skin flakes that can accumulate, especially overnight. Brushing the hair can also have a calming effect and can become a daily feel-good ritual. Of course, you don't have to come up with an exact number of brush strokes - depending on the density and length of the hair, a few dozen strokes should be sufficient.
Use a comb instead of a brush
But be careful: not every brush produces a healthy mane. Inferior quality brushes, plastic bristles or a rough surface can damage the hair structure easier. To be on the safe side and avoid hair breakage and split ends, use a natural comb with horn bristles instead of a brush. It also depends on the type of individual care: If you pull on the hair, it is more likely to be roughened, slow and carefully executed brush strokes are better.