Top 9 Benefits Of A Wooden Hair Brush And How To Use It

Ease of use, reduced breakage, and more reasons you should switch to a wooden brush today!

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Who doesn’t love to have thick and long hair? But using a hair brush or comb which don’t cause any hair fall is rare. Hence, the wooden hair brush is picking up the trend as the world looks for eco-friendly options. A wooden brush glides easily through the hair and has many benefits.

Using a wooden hair brush can detangle the annoying knots without pulling or damaging your hair. It is gentle on hair and does not cause frizz or static. It is a sustainable option too. Before getting into the details of the benefits of using a wooden hair brush, let’s find out what a wooden brush is. Scroll down.

What Is A Wooden Hair Brush?

Different types of wooden brush
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A wooden hair brush or comb, as the name suggests, is a sustainable and reusable hair-styling tool. The brush can be made from different kinds of woods, including bamboo, neem, sandalwood, or sheesham.

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A Roman handmade wooden comb from 140 AD to 180 AD was found in Bar Hill Roman Fort, Scotland, in 1936, showing the long-lasting nature of the hair-styling tool.

A wide variety of brushes and combs are marketed as wooden. But when you look at it a bit closer, it may just be a regular hair brush with a wooden handle. Some cheap wooden hair brushes may have plastic bristles where only the tips are made of wood. These are not exactly wooden brushes.

You should use a wooden hair brush with natural bristles made of 100% wood, regardless of your hair type or length. Most wooden combs come without varnish and paint coating on them, making them the best alternative to plastic or metal brushes.

The benefits of a wood brush are unmatched when compared with plastic or metal combs. We deep-dive into nine of these merits below.

Top 9 Benefits Of Using A Wooden Hair Brush

1. Thick Hair And A Healthy Scalp

Using a wooden hair brush promotes healthy and thick hair
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When you comb your hair using a wooden brush, you gently massage your scalp, leading to better blood circulation. This makes your hair thicker (1). The knobs on the end of wooden hair brushes also remove scalp build-up and promote follicle health. The wooden bristles do not bruise or scrape the scalp and help in damage-free grooming.

2. Promotes Hair Growth

According to research, around 30 million women in the USA alone suffer from hair loss due to alopecia (2). While alopecia requires immediate medical treatment, using a wooden hair brush may provide some relief. Wooden combs and brushes enhance blood flow to the scalp, resulting in better conditioning of the hair follicles. Wooden combs also unclog the impurities in hair follicles, allowing hair to grow. However, further scientific research is required to prove this claim.

3. Prevents Allergic Reactions

Using a wooden brush prevent allergic reactions on the scalp
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Plastic or metal combs can cause irritation or allergic reactions on the scalp. But a wooden comb is made of natural wood, which is less likely to cause any side effects or itchiness on the scalp.

4. Prevents Breakage

Another downside of plastic combs is that they create static. Static charge makes the hair brittle and prone to breakage since it dries out the hair. This also causes frizz. Moreover, many brushes come with balled or plastic tips that cause a lot of damage to the hair when they snag them and sometimes pull them out.

Luckily, wooden brushes are anti-static and prevent tangles and hair breakage. They glide swiftly over the scalp and through the tresses without causing any frizz. Wooden brushes also have smoother tips that do not pull at your strands.

Moreover, wooden combs and hair brushes are also beneficial in removing any existing static in the hair since wood acts as an insulator and absorbs all the charge.

Anna, an organic living YouTuber talks about shifting to wooden brushes and the wealth of wonders they have done for her, including managing hair static. She recounts, “It’s Canada where I live, it’s really cold, and in the winter my hair is just like oh like so staticky. It looks like I have my hands on one of those like electric balls like at a Science center, I just look like a freaking mad scientist all the time. So these brushes have really helped eliminate static for me, mainly because the pad here is rubber, so that really helps, and the wood, like I said, helps to distribute your natural oils. And when your hair is more moisturized, it’s less staticky, so, kinda two-in-one, which I really really like (i).”

5. Removes Dirt From Your Hair

Wooden hair brushes remove dirt from the scalp and hair easily
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Your hair can easily attract dirt and foreign particles due to the static charge in it. A wooden brush can get rid of the dirt by removing any existing charge from the scalp and, instead, add more bounce and life to your hair.

6. Nourishes And Adds Shine

Your scalp excretes a natural oil (sebum) that nourishes it and hydrates the hair roots. However, this oil can also make your hair appear flat and greasy while attracting dust and pollution.

A wooden comb is an excellent way to nourish and add shine to the hair since it evenly distributes the oil without making your locks appear lifeless.

7. Offers Heat Resistance

Wooden hair brushes are generally more heat resistant than those made of synthetic materials. The natural properties of wood, including thermal insulation and durability, allow it to withstand moderate heat from heat-styling tools. However, it is recommended to check the specific type of wood and its heat resistance level to ensure optimal performance.

8. Better For The Environment

Wooden hair brushes are eco-friendly
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Plastic and low-quality metal brushes are bad for the environment and non-recyclable. However, wooden hair brushes are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Wooden brushes are also longer lasting and cost-effective when compared to plastic hairbrushes, whose components may break apart easily.

9. May Offer Aromatherapy Benefits

Some people combine aromatherapy with the use of a wooden hair brush for a better hair care experience. The natural wood material is believed to absorb and diffuse essential oils. This allows for a subtle release of calming scents while you brush your hair. One may also feel relaxed and soothed. However, there is no research to support this. The experience is purely anecdotal.

So, now you know the benefits of using a wooden hair brush, find out how to use a wooden hair brush in the next section!

How To Use A Wooden Hair Brush

The method of using a wooden hair brush is essentially the same as any other comb or brush. However, getting a set that contains both a wooden brush and a comb is ideal for healthy-looking hair.

If you are considering switching to a wooden hair brush and comb, try this step-by-step guide for a smooth and pain-free combing experience:

  1. Ensure that your hair is completely dry before brushing it. This is because wet hair is more prone to breakage, no matter which hair brush you use.
  2. Use a wide-toothed wooden comb to detangle the knots. Remember to start from the tips of your hair and work up to the roots to prevent breakage.
  3. Next, use a wooden hair brush to gently comb the length of your hair. This will distribute the oil in your hair and stimulate your scalp.

It is critical to take good care of wooden brushes and keep them clean to prevent hair damage. We show you how to care for a wooden hair brush in the following section.

How To Clean A Wooden Hair Brush

  • Avoid using water to clean your wooden hair brush since it can damage it.
  • Instead, rub flaxseed oil or linseed oil on the brush. Once it dries, gently wipe the brush with a damp cloth.
  • Alternatively, rub petroleum jelly on the teeth and brush. Wipe it dry with a cloth after half an hour.
  • You can also clean a wooden bristle hair brush by gently using sandpaper between the teeth.
  • Never use detergents or harsh chemicals to clean the brush.
  • Never pre-soak a wooden brush or comb since it makes it lose its durability and grain.
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Avoid putting your wooden brush in a microwave to disinfect, as it can cause the wood to dry out and get damaged.

Using the wrong hairbrush can be more harmful than you think. It may not detangle your hair and cause further damage. So, switching to a wooden hairbrush is an eco-friendly and sustainable option. These hair brushes are made of sandalwood or neem that stimulate hair growth, remove grease, and add shine to your hair. You can also use flaxseed oil and sandpaper to keep your wooden hairbrush clean. Avoid using detergent or harsh chemicals to clean them as it may lead to the loss of their grain and durability.

Infographic: 5 Reasons To Buy A Wooden Hair Brush

Wooden hair brushes have taken the world by storm. From promoting hair growth to combating frizziness, they are here to level up your hair care game. If you are still unsure about buying one, check out the infographic below for the top 5 benefits of a wooden hair brush.

5 reasons to buy a wooden hair brush (infographic)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use a wooden brush on wet hair?

No. Ideally, using a brush on wet hair is not advised as it may stretch and weaken the wet strands and lead to breakage.

Can I wash wooden combs?

Yes. Wash wooden combs every 1-2 weeks with a warm mild soap and oil solution. However, do not leave the comb in the water for long as it may ruin the wood.

Can we use a wooden comb on oily hair?

Yes. Wooden combs are good for oily hair as they evenly spread the oil through the lengths of the strands.

Are wooden combs good for frizzy hair?

Yes. Wooden combs are good for frizzy hair as they gently detangle it and do not cause static like plastic combs.

Key Takeaways

  • A wooden brush is made from sandalwood or bamboo and is more sustainable and better for your hair than plastic combs.
  • It stimulates blood circulation to your scalp, promotes hair growth, removes dirt, and prevents any allergic reaction on your scalp.
  • Avoid cleaning the wooden brush with water and instead use flaxseed oil or petroleum jelly to retain its durability and grain.
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Watch the video below to learn why you need to switch over to using a wooden hairbrush in your hair care routine. It shares some benefits and how it can help you live a more sustainable and green lifestyle.

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Monica Dickenson

Monica DickensonCertified Trichologist

Monica Dickenson has more than 30 years of experience as a dedicated technician and business owner. She is very passionate about providing the best service possible to anyone experiencing hair loss and has certifications in hair replacement and holistic trichology. She was awarded USTI Associate Trichologist of the year in 2018.   Monica graduated from Garfield High School in Woodbridge, full bio

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