How to treat the scalp?

... or how to get to the root of the problem!

When we imagine healthy hair, we naturally think of voluminous hair with shiny, silky lengths. However, the scalp is the source of hair vitality, this is where the hair bulb is located, which nourishes and moisturizes the hair throughout its life.

Before treating the problem of greasy, dry or brittle hair, it’s important to assess the general state of the scalp, which is often the cause of these imbalances. Just like the skin, the scalp is attacked by external factors that damage its upper layer; when its hydrolipidic film is damaged, the scalp can become oily, dry and irritated, impacting the health of the hair fiber.

Our goal at La Bonne Brosse is to help you discover the right gestures to treat your scalp, with the right tools & massage techniques. This is the starting point for a healthy scalp and beautiful hair.


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oily scalp

How can brushing help to balance an oily scalp?

An oily scalp is caused by a hormonal imbalance in the sebaceous glands, which produce an abnormal surplus of sebum. Suffocated by this excess sebum, the scalp can no longer absorb it, causing a shiny appearance at the roots, which can stretch to the lengths of the hair. 

Dust and polluting microparticles attack the scalp daily. In order to defend itself, the scalp increases its secretion of sebum to protect itself from these irritating attacks, resulting in a scalp and hair that re-grease more quickly. 

Find out more about an oily scalp.

To regulate sebum production, there's no natural care method like brushing! And more particularly with a boar bristle hair brush. 

Rich in keratin, the 100% boar bristle brush offers real care for your hair. Unlike other hair brushes, its soft bristles do not irritate the scalp when brushing. The placement of the tips helps activate microcirculation and absorbs the surplus of sebum. 

Its added bonus? Its keratin content also moisturizes the lengths of your hair, giving you perfect care from root to tip!

dry and irritated scalp

How do you treat a dry and irritated scalp with brushing?

Unlike an oily scalp, a dry scalp is due to a lack of sebum resulting in irritation at the roots, dandruff and brittle hair. 

There are many causes of a dry and irritated scalp: pollution, excessive use of the hair dryer, use of products containing sulfates, etc., but they all have the same consequence, the destruction of the hydrolipidic film. When it’s damaged, the skin is left irritated, dry and damaged.

Find out more about dry scalps.

Without using chemicals that could cause further damage, brushing is the best way to relieve a dry, irritated scalp. As an ally of sensitive scalps, boar bristle brushes provide gentle detangling. Its structural composition is similar to that of our hair and increases sebum secretion when brushing. The scalp can then "feed" on the nutrients contained in sebum, healing irritation and itching. 

A little tip from La Bonne Brosse: segment your hair when brushing to avoid detangling your hair too forcefully. This could break the ends of your hair and further damage your scalp’s hydrolipidic barrier.

sensitive scalp

Choosing the right hair brush to treat your scalp gently

Some people have extremely sensitive scalps. This phenomenon affects women, but also (of course!) many men. Brushing with the wrong tool can be a painful experience...

However, sensitive scalps are in great need of a massage to gently stimulate the blood vessels in the scalp and soften this fragile area.

Find out more about sensitive scalps.

At La Bonne Brosse, we worked for months with our supplier to add extra soft beads to our soft nylon fibers to gently massage the scalp.

scalp massage

The art of a gentle massage by La Bonne Brosse

At La Bonne Brosse, we believe that it’s all in your head, (obviously).

A healthy scalp (and therefore beautiful hair), is a scalp that is looked after.

Find out more about scalp health through massaging.

Did you know that your skull, the home of your hair bulbs, is the place in your body where the most nerve endings are found?

It's time to give it the attention it deserves, and dedicate a few minutes of massaging as often as possible, with your best hair brush or your fingers!

Find out more about our scalp massage ritual.

I want to help my scalp

The energy meeting point, seat of the chakra crown that is so dear to yogis, the scalp is the cradle of our emotions and is considered by many experts as our second brain.

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