Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Shampoo brush

There are some things like a shampoo brush that you may have never known existed. But once you have tried them you may become addicted to using one. It could very well become part of your regular hair care regimen. A handy shampoo brush can make your hair washing much easier. It's goal is to cut down on your hair washing time and gives your scalp a relaxing massage while thoroughly cleaning.

Shampoo Brushes


A shampoo brush allows you to shampoo hair without having to use your finger tips and nails. The flexible but firm bristles helps the shampoo penetrate to the scalp while gently providing a massage. Shampooing hair using your fingertips and nails is not be ideal. Especially if you have long nails you run the risk of scratching your scalp. Your fingers and nails often don’t remove all the dirt and debris from the surface of your scalp. A shampoo massage brush replaces your fingertips making shampooing easier and more efficient. Shampoo brushes work the shampoo evenly through your hair and clean your hair and scalp thoroughly while giving a good, satisfying scrub and massage.

Be sure to read my other article called silicone shampoo brush where I go into why they work well, what are the benefits of shampoo brushes and discuss 4 basic shampoo brush designs. Also, you may have questions regarding a shampoo comb. If so please read my article called shampoo comb where is tell you what is a shampoo comb and it's features, benefits and how to use one.

Shampoo brush

What is a scalp brush used for?


A scalp massage brush or a scalp scrubber is a brush that can be used to apply hair care products and treatments. It's bristles help stimulate the scalp while brushing and distribute the product evenly to deliver better results. When used in conjunction with shampoo it aids in cleaning by removing hair care product build up while also removing dead skin cells on the surface. The massaging effect of the flexible bristles on the scalp helps increase blood flow to hair follicles which in return can help with hair growth. Shampoo brushes provides a gentle but very effective way to cleanse your hair and scalp while promoting hair growth.

Shampoo combs and also sometimes called shower combs are very similar and can overlap in their functionality. Be sure to read my article called shower combs to learn more. In my shower comb article I go into detail about plastic combs and some alternatives I think you will want to consider.



Are shampoo brushes bad for your hair?


Shampoo brushes are not bad for you hair when used correctly. Your hair should not be pulled out by a scalp massaging shampoo brush. The soft rubber bristles are specifically designed to avoid tangling and pulling while the hair is detached and the scalp massaged. A shampoo brush is ideal for people with short hair. Shampoo brushes are a fantastic way to thoroughly cleanse the scalp by removing dead skin cells and hair care product build-up.


Does a shampoo brush help with dandruff?


A shampoo brush or scalp scrubber helps with dandruff by cleaning the scalp and scrubbing the dead skin cells off. Dandruff are skin cells flakes created by dried up scalp skin. Regular deep cleaning with a shampoo brush keeps the scalp free of dandruff flakes. Dry skin is loosened by the shampoo brush and is washed from the scalp. A shampoo brush makes dandruff shampoo more effective.



Popular Shampoo Brushes

At the time of this article here are the 3 of the most popular shampoo brushes. Each one is similar in design and all function well. If you are considering one I would recommend purchasing all three (or more than on of your choosing) and test to see which one you like the best. They are all low cost. You are not going to break the bank by your purchase. All three are made of silicone and or plastic. Nothing fancy or high quality here. They are water proof and get the job done.


1. Shampoo brush by Scalpmaster - $3.25


Shampoo brush


Scalpmaster Shampoo Brush Pros and Cons
Pros Cons
Price Plastic ring for finger can break
Size 3.4 inches or 8 cm Can only use one finger
Great for use with shampoo No handle
Good scalp massage Made of plastic
Really helps with dandruff conditions Scalpmaster, but there are hundreds of brands
Stimulates blood flow Not really for long hair
Great for short hair Can get caught in hair

Can cause knots and tangles in hair

Bristles maybe too stiff for some

Some rough edges may snag hair

Great for distributing the shampoo very well and messages your scalp.


2. Hair scalp massage, silicone shampoo brush, shower brush, and dandruff brush by Rolencos - $6.85


Rolencos Shampoo Brush


Rolencos Shampoo Brush Pros and Cons
Pros Cons
Price Handle can break
Great for short hair Made of plastic
Great for use with shampoo No real handle to grip
Good scalp massage Rolencos, but there are hundreds of brands
Really helps with dandruff conditions Can get caught in hair
Stimulates blood flow Not really for long hair

Can cause knots and tangles in hair

The two piece plastic brush can separate

This one has the "Rolencos" name, but there are hundreds of this design out there for sale under many, many names. Almost all of them are identical. The silicone can not be removed. Leave it to air dry after rinsing the portion used to touch the scalp.


3. Shampoo Scalp Massage - Silicom Brush by Shimomura - $9.01

Shampoo Scalp Massage


Shimomura Shampoo Brush Pros and Cons
Pros Cons
Price No real handle to grip
Great for short hair Can get caught in hair
Great for use with shampoo Can cause knots and tangles in long hair
Good scalp massage

Really helps with dandruff conditions

Stimulates blood flow

Bristles are about 1.5 inches long


It is good for massaging scalp, bristles are about 1 1/2 inches long.

Why you need a shampoo brush?


A hair shampoo brush works the shampoo into the scalp and evenly distributes it through your hair while increasing the lather. If you have lots of hair, this allows you to get the shampoo all over your hair not just in one spot thus you get a more through cleaning with minimum shampoo.

The comfortable massaging sensation is reason alone to get one. A shampoo brush provides a great scalp massage while shampooing your hair thus you get two benefits at once. Many people enjoy the tingly and stimulating sensation when using it. Once you start you will find it hard to stop washing your hair.

And as mentioned above it cleans thoroughly. A scalp massaging shampoo brush offers a deep wash, cleaning of your scalp. Using one is so much better and faster than your fingers and hands. It can reach deeper into your hair plus it covers a larger surface area of your scalp than using just your hands. I find I only cover a very small area with my fingers as compared to using a shampoo bush. It easily removes dirt, dead skin cells and traces of other buildup, leaving your hair and scalp very clean.

Rubbing stimulates the nerves in the scalp area during a scalp massage, helping to relieve tension and soothe headaches. The shampoo brush leaves the feeling of the scalp refreshed, particularly after using a shampoo that invigorates the scalp.

Do scalp massages help hair growth?


There are claims that scalp massage improves blood flow to the scalp, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to the roots of your hair. Some professional hairstylists think scalp massage may stimulate hair follicles and enhance their hair growth ability. According to the American Hair Loss Association, about 40% of Americans with hair loss are women. So you may want to try. You can read more on the treatments and research for hair loss here, "Hair Loss Research". Also another study says, "Standardized Scalp Massage Results in Increased Hair Thickness". The objective of this study was to assess the effect of scalp massage on hair in Japanese males and the effect of stretching forces in vitro on human dermal papilla cells. A study in the January 2016 issue shows that just four minutes a day of scalp massage increases activity among genes known to promote hair growth, and dials down the activity of hair loss and inflammation-related genes. Moreover, participants in the study also noted an improvement in hair thickness. Soft scalp massaging can increase blood flow to the hair follicle, the hair root that is the only living part of the hair. You may want to read, "The effect of a scalp massage on stress hormone, blood pressure, and heart rate of healthy female", for more.

Clogged scalp pores and blocked follicles can cause hair thinning. A scalp scrub brush helps remove debris, scrub the loose flakes and remove scaly patches from the scalp. This creates a better environment for healthy hair growth through a scalp massage shampoo brush.



In addition there are claims that clogged scalp pores and blocked follicles can cause hair thinning. A scalp scrub brush helps remove debris, scrub the loose flakes and remove scaly patches from the scalp. This creates a better environment for healthy hair growth through a scalp massage shampoo brush.

A shampoo bush can be tricky for long hair


It's a must-have tool for short-haired people, as it works really good. But for longer hair the tool is very hard to use and in dense or curly hair, as it can get tangled. In long straight hair it works a little better and has less of a tendency to get tangled than when used on long curly hair. A shampoo brush really excels on short coarse hair. It also works perfectly on men’s short hair.

Shampoo brush tips


It is possible to do scalp massage for hair growth while shampooing in the shower. For at least three minutes, you should aim. Some people like aromatherapy to be included. Relaxing shampoo scents like lavender and revitalizing scents like eucalyptus or mint will increase the circulatory boost.

A good shampoo brush has bristles that are firm enough to scrub well, but still soft and flexible to prevent your scalp from hurting. Scalp silicone shampoo scrubbers are good alternatives to rigid plastic scrubbers. Semi-hard brushes on the scalp are softer than plastic brushes and are effective.

How to use a shampoo brush


Gently massage your scalp with the brush for 3-5 minutes after applying shampoo to your wet hair. Be sure to work in small circular movements. Keep massaging to cover every area of your scalp to spread the lather around. Rinse to wash the shampoo thoroughly off your scalp and hair, using the brush again. Don't push too hard with the brush, especially if your skin is sensitive. It doesn't take much pressure to get clean hair and a good massage. If you have long hair, then you want to make sure to detangle before showering because this will help minimize tangling and also make it easier for the shampoo brush.

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