Hair-care Routine - Boar Bristle Brush

A while back ago, I shared some post on hair care and I've had a few girls telling me it really works for them! So I thought I would just share them again. 

I have very coarse thick hair. Like, THICK. I use to have to sit for hours at the hairdresser for them to layer it. I would drop hair like mad everyday and still have hair. Idk how. I am just hairy. 

I also have oily roots and I try to wash them every alternate days. Any longer and I go crazy.
I try not to use dry shampoo cause I hate the texture it gives my hair. I LOVE washing my hair and getting clean fresh hair. Also, I'm really short and my hair comes right up to my husband's face and I don't want him to be smelling gross hair tbh. 

If I really need to, I use a pinch of loose powder and sprinkle at the roots and pat it in. This reduces the texture and absorbs oil at the same time. Just that it's a little messy. 

Once a week, I use a clarifying shampoo to rid build-ups but on other days, I use the Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo cause that has no sulfates/paraben/mineral oil/propylene glycol/phthalates. It is also color-safe and smells AMAZING. 

I don't do much to my hair - with the occasional straightening and curling. 
 

 January 2016

January 2016

In December 2015, I went through a huge bleach job to get my hair to look brown cause my hair is black naturally and it was always impossible to get brown. The bleach made my scalps really sensitive and of course, the hair loss was quite bad directly after for the next few months.

It really made me super dry, hay-like and just crappy. That's when I went on an all-cray search to see what I can do to restore my hair to whatever less-crappy stage before I bleached it. After all the bleaching, I went through 3 more dye jobs and the last one was probably a few months ago. So my hair is really not in the BEST shape.  

Hair now. I had a hair cut so this was the before/after

Its nothing fancy but just crazy long and I intend to keep it that way for the wedding in Jan 18. So my main goal is just to take care of it. 

But as u can see, my hair is looking a lot better, despite all the crap I put it through tbh. And it's not like I get treatment done to fix it so this is more like an everyday-care for ur hair kinda thing. Anyw, my hair type is just oily roots, slightly dry ends & occasional frizz in humidity. 

This has been one of my HG for a looooong looooong time now. I think this is my 3rd tube? This is advertised as a style extender but I don't typically style my hair so I use this to control oil instead. However, I do realize my curls last a lot longer with this as well so yes, I guess it does extend styles! 

Okay, but tbh, this makes my hair VERY soft and VERY smooth. Super manageable. I use a dollop of it (~50cents size) after I shampoo. 

I can tell this helps with oil because when I don't use it, it gets almost 2x as oily in the same time.

I flip my wet hair upside down and after spreading the product on my hands, I go thru my roots part v sparingly and then spread the rest of the product all over the strands of my hair. 

Available in Sephora! There's a tester size (normally placed at the walk of temptation aisle!) so if you just wanna try it instead of committing to a full size, you can!

Then after that, I use a similar amount of oil and concentrate it on my hair ends. Argan oil is a kinda dry oil and is exceptionally good for hair! It's one of the better hair oils, if I'm not wrong. I am not too particular with hair oils lah. As long as it keeps my hair soft and tames my frizz, I am happy. Bonus if it smells amazing. This argan oil one don't carry any particular scent. 

Now this is the star of the show. I talked about Boar Bristle Brush in the last hair-care post on Dayre and some of u recommended Kent from Watsons/Guardian. BBB ranges in price very widely apparently and this is my most ex one, I think! This is $20+?

I have two more that costs around 5-7$ and those worked fine but the Kent one is my absolute favorite!

This is a 100% BBB and it's more suitable for people with thinner hair.

And this is boar-bristle mixed with nylon bristles. This would be more suitable for people with thicker locks that require some detangling from time to time.

Boar Bristle Brush & Benefits

Benefits:

  • Naturally conditions hair
  • Improves hair texture
  • Reduces frizz
  • Stimulates the scalp
  • Reduces styling products
  • Reduces washing frequency

The unique structure of the boar bristle carries sebum – the oil produced by the scalp – from the scalp to the end of the hair shaft. By coating each strand, it repairs dry hair and adds lustrous shine.

Sebum is the original anti-frizz serum and the brush will lubricate each hair strand with sebum so there will be a significant decrease in frizz! It also stimulates blood flow and helps with growth.

A boar bristle brush can help to maintain healthy, clean hair also?? The brush prevents oil build-up at the scalp, which weighs hair down and makes it look greasy. So less washing is required if you brush day and night.

Cleaning of brush: This detailed article is accompanied with pictures to show you the best way to clean your bob! A

So basically, because the brush helps to distribute sebum and stimulate ur scalp, there is bound to be residue left and if you don't wash the bristles, it's like spreading last week's oil/sebum all around ur head 😖

I bought this along with the Kent Brush (it's all displayed on the same shelf) and it has been crazy useful. I used to just use a narrow-tooth comb to brush through the brush before washing but this has helped me so much more! 

(The article link I posted above shows how u are suppose to wash the brush)

How to use:

The best way to use the brush is starting from the roots so it can spread the oil from the roots down the shaft of the hair strand. This is the best way to disperse all the natural oils. Also use it only on DRY hair! 

After that, concentrate the brush on ur ends so the oils can spread around there too. This keeps ur ends from drying out! 

You will realize your hair is 'fluffier' after brushing second day hair! It's less limp, less flat and just more volume!

My ends still look and feel soft even after I curl my hair! Using the BBB is a really natural way of maintaining sebum production and reduces usage of external chemicals and whatnot on your scalp. Overtime, the buildup of products might clog the pores on your scalp and that won't be too good!