A Genuine Boar Bristle Brush Will Improve the Health of Hair & Scalp
It’s been a few weeks now that I’ve been using my Morrocco Method Boar Bristle Brushes and I’m simply hooked. I bought a few different brushes during the holiday sale and gave the mixed Nylon-Boar brush as a gift to a friend. Despite having no interest in holistic beauty, she too was an immediate convert – swearing to never go back.
Because these brushes are a bit tricky to photograph, the images on the Morrocco Method website aren’t a very good representation of how pretty these classic hair brushes are in person. Despite the potential health benefits this could easily be considered a luxury buy, so I was happy to find that the brushes both look and feel high quality.
My only caveat is that the brushes came with a smell reminiscent of mineral oil. I was concerned enough to call Morocco Method, but they explained that there are no chemicals used to coat the bristles and that the smell was simply coming from the natural rubber padding. Whatever the source, I didn’t like it. Thankfully after a couple good scrubs, I was able to get the smell out by using a nail brush with soap and warm water.
Grooming with Intention
The boar bristle brush plays a large role in the Morrocco Method hair care regimen. The point of the brush is to help distribute your naturally fortifying scalp oils from the root down the length of the hair, while also stimulating blood flow to the scalp. The blood flow bringing with it precious nutrients and oxygen to nourish the follicles. Altogether helping to reduce oily scalp, while conditioning the hair and producing healthier roots to ends.
With this in mind, I’ve really enjoyed paying greater attention to my hair brushing and take much more pleasure in what used to feel like another rote task. By being invited to create ritual around my hair routine, it’s become much more than just grooming. I look forward to brushing my hair now, because it feels like an act of nurturing self-care.
I’m finding that using these brushes is indeed helpful in distributing the oils down the shaft of my hair. Although I already have pretty thick hair, I love the way the brushes feel on my scalp and am excited to see how the condition of my hair might improve after a few months of stimulating my scalp in this way.
If I were to recommend one brush to start with, the large Nylon-Boar Bristle combination brush would be the most sensible choice. I’d also recommend getting a Hair Brush Cleaner! These brushes pick up a lot of fuzz, which is otherwise nearly impossible to clean off.
Mixed Pure Boar Bristle & Nylon Brush – Extra Large $39
The large Nylon-Boar Bristle combination brush does the best job of getting down to the scalp and detangling my thick hair without getting caught up in my tresses, and possibly causing breakage. The nylon bristles are very prominent, so the brush isn’t quite as elegant as the pure boar bristle, but it is the easiest to work with.
Pure Boar Bristle Brush – Extra Large $49
Because I have thick hair, I’m finding the large Pure Boar Bristle Brush can be a bit hard to run through my hair. But if I detangle my hair in advance with a wide toothed comb, then brushing with this thickly set brush is noticeably the most effective in getting the sebum down towards the ends of my hair.
Using this brush just takes a little more time and care with the extra step of detangling in advance, or by brushing in sections. I’ve really taken to brushing in sections as in the video below. This makes it even easier to run the brush through my hair and to be sure that I’ve stimulated all different areas of my scalp. Although brushing with precision requires more patience, the effects are noticeable right away.
Pure Boar Bristle Brush – Small $29
Surprisingly the small travel size Pure Boar Bristle Brush does a good job of piercing through my hair and down to my scalp. Providing me with a good scalp massage and more easily combing through my hair than the same brush in the larger size.
From what I can tell, it appears that the distribution of the bristles is a little bit more spacious than the really thick placement on the large brush. My guess is that this, plus the fact that it is a smaller brush with fewer bristles altogether allows the brush to move through thick hair with less resistance.
Keep in mind that this is a small bush! With only 3 inches of bristles, and 7 inches total length with the handle, it’s a perfect travel sized brush or great for children.
Best Hair Washing Practices To Go with Your New Boar Bristle Brushing Ritual
I’ve been using Morrocco Method’s shampoos for a couple months now, but have also been using the No-Poo Method. Although I love the clean ingredients and philosophy behind Morrocco Method’s hair care, I must confess that I get best results in following these DIY No-Poo instructions.
See which products I liked most, and get the whole scoop on my experience with Morrocco Method’s holistic hair care line here >>>
In either case, if you switch to one or a combination of these hair cleansing methods, you’re going to get yourself on the path to having healthy hair and exposing yourself to far fewer toxic chemicals!