I bought a new hairbrush recently.
Whoop-de-doo, you might say.
But it was kind of a big deal for me because I’ve been using a metal comb for years … and years … and years.
It’s a comb I got in late high school or early college. In examining it closely for this blog post, I see that it’s a Swedish Crown brand rat-tail comb, made in Sweden, and has the number 2252 stamped on one side. It’s gold with green leaves and flowers. I’ve used it so long that some of the gold coloring is wearing off.
My latest eczema flare [https://maryewarner.com/2023/05/15/eczema-update/] included a spot on my scalp. In trying to get it under control, I have been examining everything I’ve been using on or near my skin. My dermatologist suggested that it could be a metal allergy.
Though I haven’t yet been tested for a metal allergy, I do remember my ears breaking out in a rash after having my ears pierced, typically in response to any earrings not made of gold. Obviously, I have some sort of metal sensitivity.
Even though I’ve used my metal comb for decades without scalp issues, I thought it’d be worth a try to switch it out. At first I tried plastic rat-tail combs, but they are sharp and aren’t particularly effective in my hair.
I decided to look for a wooden comb instead. After unsuccessfully looking in local stores, I begrudgingly turned to Amazon to see what they offered. There were a number of listings for wooden combs and comb and brush sets. I picked a set that included two combs (one for the bathroom and one for my purse) and a brush.
I figured I wouldn’t use the brush much.
I was wrong.
I discovered I missed brushing my hair, especially flipping my head and hair upside down and brushing from the nape of my neck toward the top of my head. It’s invigorating to the scalp and makes my hair FLUFFY! It also seems to be helping the eczema spot on my scalp.
While brushing my hair, a beauty tip from my teen years came back to me. For lustrous hair, it was recommended that you brush it for 100 strokes a day.
When I was a kid, 100 strokes seemed excessive and tedious, but I gave it a try today, consciously counting, and was up to 111 strokes in no time. It made me wonder whether I come close to this most days without realizing it because hair brushing is so soothing.
Is the 100 brush strokes thing still a thing? Or is it now considered not good for your hair?
On a related note, I ran across this article on pre-90s life skills that are now considered obsolete and was immediately brought back decades. Many of these were skills I developed back then. https://digg.com/internet-culture/link/ask-reddit-90s-life-skills-useless-obsolete-IfZfiFMSdn
Are any of these skills familiar to you?