Healthy, thick and shiny hair isn’t something that we’re all blessed with, and with a large number of men and women in the UK reporting issues with hair thinning or hair loss, people are always looking for ways to overcome these conditions.
There are numerous myths and theories behind promoting healthy hair growth, but this one in particular peaked our interest, because if it’s true, it could be a very cost effective treatment for hair growth and hair loss indeed.
According to a recent article by a Cosmopolitan UK writer, there is a certain brush and brushing method that can in fact cause your hair to grow, so here we’ll discuss if this simple theory can possibly be proven and if there is in fact any truth in it at all.
The Effects of Brushing
The type of brush and how we brush our hair can have a dramatic effect on condition of your hair and scalp. If you’re using the wrong kind of brush or brushing with too much vigour or frequency, hair strands can easily be damaged in the process. However, using a soft bristled brush can in fact help to reduce the level of damage and stress put on your hair by brushing and result in healthier hair and scalp, but will this make your hair grow more quickly?
With some research and expert feedback, let’s take a look at the facts behind this ‘brushing’ theory. New York Scalp Dermatologist Francesca Fusco, does suggest that brushing hair daily can stimulate the scalp circulation and improve the sebum distribution along the hair shaft, making it look shinier and smoother, but it’s unlikely that this will actually make it grow faster. Better blood flow will deliver more nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles, which will make it healthier, but there is little or no evidence to indicate that this will actually encourage more hair growth.
Furthermore, professional hair stylists have also quashed the theory in terms of delivering increased hair growth. Although, they are in agreement that brushing your hair with a soft, boar-bristle brush every day is a great way to getting a healthy scalp and ultimately healthy hair. Using metal or wire bristle brushes can cause the hair to break off and be painful on the scalp too, doing more harm than good.
What to take away…
In conclusion, there is some lesson to be learned from this rather unusual claim that brushing your hair makes it grow. Although there isn’t any scientific evidence to suggest it is true, what we can say is that brushing your hair with the right kind of brush and in the right way will help to keep your scalp and hair healthy with a better circulation flow and a shiner more luminous appearance, so that can’t be a bad thing.
Sadly it isn’t the answer for those suffering from hair thinning or loss, but at the Wimpole Clinic, we offer a range of hair loss treatments for both men and women that can give you back your confidence and a full head of hair.