Your Key to Healthy Hair and Scalp: How to Use a Scalp Brush

Do Silicone Scalp Brushes Work?

You’re probably wondering: Do scalp brushes help with dandruff? Does brushing hair help a dry scalp? When used correctly and for their intended purposes – massaging the head, exfoliating away dead skin and product buildup, and applying product – silicone scalp brushes work like a charm.

And what about the question that’s most on your mind: Does brushing the scalp help hair growth? It might! Some studies have shown that massagers can lead to thicker hair by stretching the cells of the hair follicles. Others have shown that scalp massage can reduce stress hormones (the kind that lead to hair thinning). Ultimately, scalp brushes aren’t a magic tool that’ll help you gain inches in weeks, but they may help your hair grow thicker and healthier.

Scalp Brush Benefits

Using a scalp brush feels amazing – but it also offers a wealth of benefits to your scalp and hair. Benefits of scalp massager brush include:

  • Scalp exfoliation, which helps remove dead skin and product buildup. This kind of regular scalp detox is critical to a healthy head and hair.

  • Increased blood circulation to your scalp. This helps deliver oxygen and essential nutrients to the hair follicles, which can reduce hair loss.
  • Reduced tension and stress. Similar to a body massage, a scalp massage offers mental and physical benefits. Using a brush to massage your head can reduce muscle tension, relieve physical stress, and even act as a natural remedy for headaches.

  • Less dandruff. Surprisingly, dandruff can result from a dry scalp or an overly oily one. What causes oily scalp? Often, it’s a result of daily shampooing, which strips your hair of sebum. Then, your glands go into overdrive to replace it. Using a scalp brush, along with a detergent-free shampoo alternative like New Wash, can reverse the cycle of oil overproduction. If, on the other hand, you suffer from excessive dryness, a scalp brush can exfoliate and remove dead skin.

  • Stimulate and stretch hair follicles, allowing your hair to grow stronger, thicker, and healthier. Because clogged hair follicles can lead to problems like dandruff and hair loss, using a scalp brush to stimulate and clear those follicles can do wonders for your hair health.

  • Apply products evenly throughout your hair and deeper into your scalp. If you have thick hair, it can be difficult to work products through your hair and scalp with just your fingers. Using a head scrubber can help you get the product directly to the scalp, where it benefits the hair the most.

  • Thoroughly rinse products out of your hair to reduce product buildup. Just like working product into your hair, it can be difficult to rinse out your cleanser or conditioner completely with only your fingers, especially if you have extra-thick or curly hair. Brushing the scalp in the shower can help ensure there’s no residue left behind.

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Which Type of Brush Is Best for Stimulating the Scalp?

The best type of scalp massager brush is one that strikes a delicate balance: The bristles must be gentle enough to not irritate your scalp, but stiff enough to loosen any dry skin and product buildup. Soft, snag-free silicone bristles are generally ideal to stimulate the scalp and improve blood circulation.

Keep in mind, because scalp brushes are typically used in the shower, it’s also helpful if the brush has an ergonomic, easy-to-hold, non-slip design.


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