The bristles of a brush can damage the scalp and tear the hair cuticles, especially if used on kinky curly hair, which is extremely fine and fragile. Although, if done correctly, brushing can help stimulate hair growth by strengthening the follicles and spreading natural oils, such as sebum, throughout the hair; it is much safer to gently use a comb or your fingers to stimulate the scalp. Since you won't be spreading oils with a brush, you can simply apply an oil treatment directly to the ends. If you feel that you must brush, only use one with natural boar bristles and never brush wet hair.
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The scalp has two main layers of skin. The inner layers are called the dermis, which contain oil and sweat glands, blood vessels, cells, tissues, and hair follicles. The outside layers are called the epidermis, which contain the mouths of the hair follicles and protect the sensitive dermis layers. The dermis layers secrete many important substances to the epidermis layers, such as oil and sebum, that are needed to keep the scalp lubricated and pH balanced. Knowing and understanding the layers of your scalp are necessary parts of a healthy hair lifestyle.
Oils and dirt on unclean hair will cause the flat iron to singe and irreparably damage your tresses, so always make sure that your hair is freshly washed and conditioned before flat ironing or applying any kind of heated tool. Even touching up your hair with the flat iron the next day after washing is extremely risky and should be avoided.
A healthy and clean scalp naturally secretes oils for lubrication, so there is no need to grease or apply oil every day. Sometimes different factors, such as extreme weather conditions, can cause the scalp to feel dry, so you may need to use a product. Oil is great for relieving dry and itchy scalp--just apply a few drops to your fingertips and gently massage onto the affected area. The days of applying pomade directly to your freshly washed scalp as a routine are long and gone--only oil or grease your scalp as needed.