Brushing your hair a hundred times a day has been touted for centuries as the trick that’ll leave your hair shinier, stronger and healthier. But doctors say that over-brushing can actually do more harm than good, leaving your strands brittle and breakage-prone instead. The good news? With the right tools and a few adjustments, you can improve your hair’s appearance and health.
Here’s why you need to brush your hair
When you brush your hair properly, you can stimulate your scalp, “which improves the blood circulation to the scalp,” says Nikhil Patil, style director, Jean-Claude Biguine India. “It can help shed dead hair which is about to come out,” and since we lose 50-100 strands of hair a day, brushing will help you remove all that loose hair. In addition to scalp stimulation, brushing can nourish your hair in other ways too. “It can help condition your hair and make it more manageable. It adds bounce to your hair and removes tangles. The oil glands in the scalp release sebum, which is a natural conditioner. And since sebum cannot travel on its own, brushing helps to distribute it along the length of the hair. Like you exfoliate the body by scrubbing, brushing also removes dead scales of the scalp,” says Dr Rinky Kapoor, cosmetic dermatologist and dermato-surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics.