I am stepping a bit far afield today to think about healthy hair. Actually, to think about how healthy hair was achieved in my grandmothers’ time -and before.
Maybe you remember -maybe you don’t- admonishments to brush your hair 100 strokes every night. It was common when I was a kid back a half century ago. It disappeared somewhere in the late 60s or early 70s with the advent of a myriad number of hair conditioners. But I think “grandma” had something going.
Using a natural bristle brush and brushing through the hair every night does several things:
- it redistributes the oils from the scalp down the hair shaft naturally conditioning and moisturizing the hair.
- it polishes the hair, removing accumulated dust and dirt so the hair remains clean.
- it stimulates the scalp, eliminating dead skin flaking (dandruff) and encouraging growth of the hair shaft.
And we gave this all up to smear a rich cream on your heads and then rinse it off? Something seems wrong with this picture.
I am going to start an experiment. Here am I freshly shampooed (and conditioned). My hair is clean, but has a slightly dry, over-processed appearance to it (I do color my hair, the over-processed is fairly accurate). For the next month, I will be brushing my hair every night with my grandmother’s brush. I will put off washing my hair for several days (we’ll see how many) to let this experiment take shape.
At the end of February, will my hair look healthier and less dry simply by washing it less and brushing it more? I predict that it will. And I’m looking forward to finding out.