Why Brushing Your Hair 100 Times A Day Is A Myth

I grew up with the idea that Brushing your hair 100 Times a day is a must for your hair. This advice was spread all over the 90s and we followed it well at home.

The idea was that the frequent brushing stimulates the blood circulation in your scalp and easily removes dead hairs. So once in a while my mother brushed my hair to make my hair more healthier. I didn’t like this treatment. I had to sit in a chair for a very long time and it hurted.

During the brushing a lot of hair felt on the ground. “Look how many loose hairs you have”, my mom always said. Sometimes there were so many hairs on the ground that I could make a complete wig out of it.

When I became older I started brushing my hair myself. It was less painful and still a lot of hair felt on the ground. I always thought that I was doing well with this. Until I found out that brushing my hair a lot wasn’t that good for my hair. And the hair on the ground wasn’t just loose hairs, but broken hairs. Yikes!

Unconsciously I was damaging my hair all the time! I still look back on this with horror feelings. But okay, it were the 90s and we didn’t know better. Fortunately, a lot of research has since been done into this hair mythe. And luckily we now know how to brush our hair properly.

About the myth of brushing your hair 100 times a day

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During my childhood, brushing your hair 100 times a day was promoted in almost every magazine. According to the magazines it was a century old practice. This was true. The advise was created in the pre-20th-century. Back then women washed their hair only once per week. Because of this their hair was dirty of all the products and build-up (of the products) they used.

In that time natural hair oils and powders were very popular among women. And since they didn’t wash their hair often, you can imagine their hair getting dirty quickly.

To treat this, the brushing 100 times a day with a boar-bristle brush was invented. By doing this women brushed away all the dirt from their hair and scalp. And at the same time it distributes the natural oils evenly over the scalp, it stimulates the blood circulation and prevents frizz.

The benefits of brushing your hair

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Brushing your hair is more than just detangle your hair. The women from the pre-20th-century were right about that. The benefits are:

  • It makes your hair healthier and shinier. Sebaceous glands are located in the your hair follicles. They produce natural oils that spread over your scalp. When you brush your hair, you distribute these oils from the roots of your hair to the ends. This makes your hair healthy and shiny.
  • It stimulates the blood circulation. When you brush your hair, you give yourself a mini massage. It stimulates the blood circulation of your scalp. This is good for hair growth.
  • It removes loose hairs. You shed between 50 to 100 strands of hairs a day. Brushing helps to remove the loose hairs.

Why brushing your hair 100 times a day is way too much!

Let’s make this clear for once and for all: you don’t need to brush your hair 100 times a day. Yes, this is a myth.

Researchers found out that brushing your hair a lot isn’t beneficial. In fact, it leads to more hair loss!

So it’s recommended to only brush your hair in the morning and in the evening. This is much more healthier for your hair. But brush it gently. Brushing too hard can cause damage and can breaks your hair.

And I wish I knew that before. When I was a kid, my hair looked damage due to the excessive brushing…

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