Excessive Brusing & Receding Hair LineQ: Will excessive hair brushing cause my receding hair line to diminish faster?
A: No. Brushing the hair is good for maintaining healthy hair and scalp, as long as you don't overdo it. In the case of individuals with a receding hairline, the stimulation of the scalp's circulation can have a beneficial effect, depending - of course - on the cause of the hair loss.
In most men, hair loss is a result of androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. This is primarily a genetic condition that is affected by aging and genetic triggers. Keeping the scalp healthy and clean can only serve to reduce the rate of hair loss. If you are concerned about the loss of hair, you should see your doctor and talk about the possible causes in your individual case. There are medications available that offer a high rate of success in combating male pattern baldness, but you should be aware that these drugs require a commitment. If you discontinue their use, you will lose any re-growth you experienced.
There are also other hair replacement procedures available that you can investigate with your doctor. These can be expensive, however, and are rarely covered by insurance.
The thing to be aware of in brushing the hair is that over-brushing the hair can leave to hair damage in the form of split ends and breakage. When you brush the hair, you want to use a natural bristle brush, and brush the hair only enough to cover the entire scalp with strokes and/or detangle the hair so that it is smooth.
Brushing with a natural bristle brush redistributes the oils produced by the scalp along the hair shaft (making the hair shinier), massages the scalp which increases the circulation and helps to regulate the production of oils and sweat by the glands of the scalp. It also helps to remove dirt and debris from the scalp and hair shafts which keep the hair clean-looking and healthier.
Many salons offer a service to thoroughly brush the hair and massage the scalp prior to shampooing. Not only is it a pleasurable experience, but it helps to make the shampooing and conditioning services more effective.
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