The Benefits of Using A Wooden Hair Brush
There are literally thousands of different hairbrushes on the market nowadays~ but which one are you meant to choose?
I personally recommend a wooden hairbrush or comb (with wooden prongs) every time. I originally used to buy mine from The Body Shop, but they became increasingly difficult to find, changed the style and the pins kept falling out.
Now I use the Kent Woodyhog and pray they never stop making it, as it's the best brush I have ever used! It is a cushioned brush, with a (sustainable) rosewood handle and wooden quills and it untangles my very long hair painlessly and easily.
Wooden Brush Benefits
So why are wooden hairbrushes so good? Well the wooden bristles minimise static, breakage and they detangle long hair effortlessly.
The longer you use the brush, the more your natural hair oils will condition the brush which helps to reduce the chance for dry hair and actually make the wood stronger. The wooden bristles distribute your natural oils down the length of your hair and don't cause static therefore reducing breakage.
The solid wooden bristles gently massage your head when brushing. This is good not only for your hair, but to your overall health. Massaging the head promotes hair growth by stimulating the roots, making hair thicker and stronger. Head massage is also well known to increase blood flow to the brain, reduce stress and aid concentration. OK so brushing your hair isn't the same as a full on Indian head massage but you will feel a difference.
If looked after (keeping your hair clean, reduce amount of hair products used, remove hair from the brush after use etc.) a wooden brush will last for years. If you feel the need to clean it (I personally find a regular de-fluff is all that's needed), they're easy to clean when you feel the need, by simply rinsing it gently with warm water and removing any gunky build up by hand (don't worry it doesn't take long with the large-ish wooden pegs). Don't submerge the brush as this could cause the wood to eventually rot and loosen the glue that holds the pad in. Gently wipe off the excess water, then leave out to air dry thoroughly.
Have You Ever Used A Wooden Hairbrush?
How To Choose A Good Brush
As mentioned before I'm a true believer in the Kent Woodyhog. The handle is comfortable and the bristles don't have little bobbles on the end which seem very common for other wooden hairbrushes now. What's wrong with bobbles? I find they get caught on the hair and don't massage the scalp as well as those without.
Obviously what you choose will be based on your hair and preferences, but I would suggest getting one that is made from sustainable wood, is a medium size and doesn't have bobbles!!