Over several generations, many hair care products and tips had been passed along. But the most enduring tip that probably embedded itself into the modern girls’ mind is the “100 brush strokes a day” technique. Today, it has been relegated as a myth as hair care experts point out the lack of evidential support to prove that brushing your hair for at least 100 strokes a day can really improve shine and luster.
To better analyze this “myth”, it is important to do a comparison of the generation that purported it and its possible implications in today’s society. The women of earlier days did not have access to the same wide range of hair care products as women today. In fact, these women rarely wash their hair – at a frequency of once a week, or less. This results in build up of natural oils in the scalp, which can make the hair look unkempt and messy. Brushing the hair 100 strokes a day aided in the distribution of those natural oils towards the tip. These oils provide natural shine and luster to the hair.
Today, women have access to several hair care products designed to compliment your hair’s production of natural oils so that it can achieve natural-looking shine. These products are also designed to give protection to the hair from the elements and preserve its luster for longer. Another reason why brushing your hair for 100 strokes a day might be rendered a myth is the fact that excessive stimulation can be damaging to your hair because it erodes the hair cuticle.
If you are to do brush strokes to your hair for shine, though, make sure you use a smooth and wide-tooth comb. This will reduce the chances of having hair breakage and split ends. Another useful tip to consider when brushing your hair is to start at the ends. Make sure the ends are disentangled and then work your way from the top to the bottom. This technique will reduce the stress on your hair and scalp.
The verdict: the 100 brush strokes a day might’ve worked for women in the past, but in today’s society it is considered a myth. Anything that you do to your hair in excess will lead to damage, whether you’re brushing it or using hair care products.