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What Hairbrush?

This week Agim Salon is continue this mini-series relating to hair maintenance and starting to explore the world of hair brushes. For such a simple device there is actually quite a lot that can be said about the humble hair brush and for that reason this section will be covered over two articles, the second one being next week.

The loose definition of a hair brush is “stick brush” that has either soft or rigid bristles and is used styling, smoothing, and untangling and general hair care. When the first hair brush came in to being is a little unclear but the first patent for a hairbrush was in 1854.

There are four common types of hair brush, each with its own purpose:-

Cushion Brush – For straightening neat and tidy hair.

Paddle Brush – For untidy, unkempt and difficult to manage hair.

Round Brush – For tidy hair; this brush will curl the hair at the end.

Comb – Predominantly used with shorter hair but sometimes used to decorate the hair.

There is also an array of bristle types, Boar, Nylon, Porcupine and metal, and again each has its own purpose.

Boar – A soft, flexible and natural brush that provides a gentle brush and are also ideal for children. You will also find a combination boar hair and nylon brushes that provide a bit more backbone for better styling capability.

Nylon – The term nylon is used to cover a range of bristle types in addition to nylon. Plastic and rubber are commonplace and fall in to the same category. A brush with bristles that are very close will offer superior control over your hair.

Next week Agim Salon will move on to the porcupine and metal brushes and then discuss when to brush to get the best results.

Hair Massaging

Welcome back to Agim Salon and hopefully you have tried out our brushing method, now we are going to move on to massaging the scalp, another very important part of hair maintenance.

Ideally you want to try performing three scalp massages a day if possible and make sure you use a totally natural massager, not an artificial or plastic version as these are likely to scratch your scalp and are not especially scalp and hair friendly.

Starting from the necks nape (you must start here), massage in a circular movement, vigorously but gently for about 4 to 5 minutes or if you feel a tingling sensation from the scalp you can stop at this point as the blood will be flowing nicely. When you wash your hair you can use this method for about one minute following the first application of shampoo and for three minutes on the second application. The point of massaging this way is to stimulate the scalp and activating the sebaceous glands and what should happen is a balanced flow of sebum will be released.

The final topic to cover is the types of brush that you should use. A brush with a natural bristle is what to look for; the bristles of the Boar are perfect as the likeness to human hair is quite uncanny, are unobtrusive and gentle and capable of distributing the natural oils and absorbing the excess while cleaning away foreign matter. The choice of brush is dependent on your scalp and hair thickness and this can be a case of trial and error, the aim is to find a brush that has a soothing and enlivening effect on the scalp. If your scalp is sensitive then a softer brush will be the better option.

Agim Salon will be back next week so please return to view what we have in store for you next.

Blood rush hair brushing

Brushing technique of your hair is arguably as important as any products you use to clean and maintain it, perhaps more so. We learn to groom at an early age by our parents which is basically a straight-forward copy of how they maintain their hair and while we like to always believe mum is right, she may not actually know the best way to brush and has consistently copied what her mother taught her. An old saying suggests that 100 strokes a day is the ideal, not so.

Here is how Agim Salon would recommend brushing your hair.

Begin by standing upright, not sitting down. Bend down, using your waist as the pivotal point, and go down as far as possible. This allows blood in the upper part of your body to flow to your head and in to the scalp. The increased circulation of blood will nourish and stimulate the follicles and scalp which in turn promotes new hair to growth.

Stay bent over and using a firm grip on your hair brush handle, starting at the neck with easy and slow strokes; brush the hair all the way to the ends. Repeat this to brush through all of your hair and keep repeating this for 4 to 5 minutes. This process will stimulate the scalp and glands but best of all the brush bristles will begin to fill up with sebum.

Now your brush is loaded with sebum, stand upright again (doing this too quickly may make you feel dizzy so raise your head slowly). Again with slow and gentle movements, starting at the hair line, brush through to the ends and try not to scratch the scalp while doing this. This action will provide all of your hair with a lovely coat of sebum that acts as a conditioner for your hair, giving it body and a beautiful luster.

Getting the balance right

As promised, Agim Salon now moves on to artificial hair treatments and the effects they can have on your hair. Hair spray, gels, chemical based shampoo, mousses and conditioners can all have a negative impact as they will clog up the follicles and pores as well but they do not simply create a problem in these areas, they also have a disrupting effect with the nourishment levels that the roots needed. The sebaceous glands get ‘confused’ and as these are supposed to regulate the reproduction of hair; this clearly is not a good thing. The glands can stop producing new growth and what has already grown is going to fall out over time. Additionally, such chemicals can also find their way in to the bloodstream, although they are not a significant health risk when introduced in the grooming of your hair and scalp.

Frequent brushing will act as a preventative measure against such problems if combined with a massage using organic shampoos as this natural treatment will help realign the balance of the sebaceous glands. The massaging will clean and stimulate the scalp, capillaries and glands and the nourishment levels to the follicles will increase and as a result promote new and healthy hair growth.

Additionally, with frequent brushing, if done correctly, you can think of it as a natural dry shampoo and conditioner treatment. The sebaceous glands will be stimulated, the sebum distribution is improved and in turn your hair becomes stronger, more manageable and more resilient and if you add a coat of sebum to your hair brushing will help to prevent excessive moisture evaporation and in turn give your hair improved body, texture and a natural sheen.

Next week Agim Salon will go on to discuss massaging and brushing techniques to the best effect.

Getting to the root of hair loss

Happy New Year to you all from Agim Salon

This week we are going to embark on a short series regarding the importance of brushing hair, what brush to use, the way to brush properly and massage the scalp.

The first stage then is to explain why brushing hair is so important. Did you realize for example that daily brushing is a better method of cleansing your hair than using artificial ingredient based shampoo?

Brushing properly is an extremely important element of hair maintenance and it will rejuvenate your hair, more so when you combine this with scalp massaging.

What does brushing do?

It removes waste materials that are encrusted on your scalp, such as catarrh, uric acid deposits and other impurities. It will also stimulate the capillaries, increase the circulation of blood and in turn provides the hair with more nutrients and oxygen. There is one further benefit and is more important than those already mentioned – It stimulates oil and hormone producing glands that keep the pores open and allows them to breathe and retain natural oils.

Hair loss

The loss of hair is almost always traced back to sebaceous glands where natural oils and a lubricating system are secreted. If these glands become unbalanced they can produce too much or too little sebum, fatty oils that are delivering the nutrients.

Over-production will cause the follicles to drown and this will interfere with nourishment levels to the roots. The scalp then becomes weak and hair loss will begin. Under-production makes the roots undernourished; the hair then becomes brittle as it dries out, and eventually falls out.

If you are frequently introducing various chemicals to your hair in the form of gels, conditioners, shampoos etc. then these too can cause the pores to be clogged up.

Next week Agim Salon will highlight what the effects of these chemical based products can be.