Top 5 Reasons to Use a Wooden Brush: LPN’s Fave Hair Brushes and Comb

For the better part of a year, I have been working on a hair post. I have tried everything I could get my hands on.. and I’m still in the process. But before I start digging into all that is good and great in the natural haircare product world, I thought I’d share with you a quick, but useful post on my hair care tools: the wooden masterpieces that keep my hair healthy and strong.

Today I’m sharing with you the only tools that touch my head these days: my bamboo wooden paddle brush, my purse-sized natural bamboo bristle brush and my bamboo wide tooth comb.

I use only wood bristle brushes and combs. Here’s why:

The Top 5 Reasons to Use a Wooden Brush / Comb

  1. Natural wooden bristles help to naturally condition your hair, and evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils down the hair shaft
  2. Wooden bristles are also gentle and durable. Since they are wide, they are less likely to break the hair when combing. 
  3. Wooden bristles don’t produce any static (that you will find with synthetic brushes and combs)
  4. Wooden bristles feel like little massaging fingers on your scalp – particularly if you’re familiar with acupressure. I sometimes will brush with my purse-sized oval brush firmly on the scalp to massage my “noggin” :) This also helps increase circulation on your scalp, bringing lovely nutrients to the hair follicles
  5. Wooden hairbrushes crafted from bamboo, which is a sustainable resource – it rapidly regrows after being harvested, and it can grow in damaged and soil depleted soil

Olivia Garden Healthy Hair Paddle Brush – Wood Bristles

This is my favourite of all my brushes. Because I have long hair, this brush works masterfully through long and thick hair. It’s a breeze to do a quick and gentle brush with this paddle. I find I loose less hair in the brush than others (measured by how often I have to clean it out). It’s gentle, lightweight and the best brush I’ve ever used. Seriously. Ever. The bristles on this one are ionic, so anti-static, and wood tipped. The entire bristle isn’t wood. If you’re looking for completely wood bristles, or, if you have thinner hair, or short hair, you may love my purse-sized brush below.

Where to Buy

You can find my favourite brush for a VERY affordable price of $15 USD on Amazon! Or find the same paddle brush, with completely wooden bristles (their “massage” brush) for$21 USD also on Amazon here.

 

Bass Oval Cushion Wood Brush

My other love is my little bamboo Bass brush, which I keep in my purse. It’s small and handy, perfect for travel and for daily use on the go.  It’s great for lovelies that have shorter or thinner hair, and don’t need the giant paddle brush. The bf likes to steal this one once in a while “because it feels nice”. haha

Where to Buy:

Find this little lovely again on Amazon, for only $9 USD! I actually purchased mine at Whole Foods, but I paid a few dollars more, so I recommend picking it up online.

EcoTools Wide Tooth Bamboo Comb

My EcoTools comb is what I use after showering. When I have wet hair, it is the gentlest way to get through the tangles. Always use a widetooth comb on wet hair, and prevent hair loss from bristles getting caught in wet and overly-elastic hair.

I also use the wide tooth comb when I’m applying a hair mask and combing it through. It comes with a bamboo fabric headband as well, so you can do a hair mask and face mask at the same time :)

Where to Buy

I bought my EcoTools comb from iHerb for $6 USD (it comes with a headband). If you’re planning on a little trip over to iHerb for anything, use coupon code MEP206 or use this link to shop, and you’ll save $5 to $10 off your first purchase!

 

There you have it, gorgeous. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

X

 

K

  • Kristen

    I bought a wooden brush from the Body Shop back in the 90s. I love it and for the fact that it has held up for this long! I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Love it! My favourite tools are always the tried, trusty and good quality ones. They “don’t make them like they used too” hehehe xx

  • http://www.primalinfluence.com/ Aimee

    Wow I’ve never thought about maybe using wooden combs and brushes over plastic varieties. Even though I’m so into natural health and clean living these days, that actually never came to my mind until I read this post!

    I’ll definitely make a huge effort to swap the plastic for the natural options and will also be telling others about it and sending them to this page.

    Thank you!

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Thanks for popping by Aimee! Love hearing from readers :) xx

  • Lynne

    So I totally went and bought this hairbrush after reading your post – not gonna lie I’ve never been more pleased with a hairbrush in my life. Thank you for the suggestion!

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      I am so glad to hear it!! It is my first hair tool love too. The day I have to part with it will be sad, indeed!! I hope you have a long and happy relationship with your new hair bursh @disqus_HVLsfGdIY9:disqus <3 xx

  • Lauren

    What is your opinion of boar bristle (ethically obtained) brushes? How do they compare to wooden bristle brushes?

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Hi Lauren,

      There is a lot of hype around the boar bristle brush – and a hefty price tag – but I had a very hard time finding an ethically sourced boar bristle brush. Have you come across one? Or a company?

      I have very thick and long hair which is also on the drier side. The main benefit of a boar bristle brush is the claim that it distributes the hair’s natural oils/sebum down the hair’s shaft. Wood bristles also help do this, with the added benefit of being great for massaging the scalp. For this reason, as well as ethical, I would say the wood brush wins every time. :)

      I have not tried a boar bristle brush, but cannot imagine it would be any more wonderful than the wood products I’m using now.

      xx
      K

      • Lauren

        Thanks for your thoughts. Widu makes a boar bristle as well as the wooden bristle…but they are super expensive! Ambassador (?) I think is the name- and they do a boar bristle brush as well for a lot cheaper. But you are right- if you have something that works great for your hair why change right? :) My wooden bristle brush works great on my hair too- but mine sounds opposite from yours- long, fine, straight and limp. I usually call it boring- but over the years I truly have grown to love it. BTW- I have found that my new wooden bristle brush has added some volume which a big plus!

        • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

          Thanks for sharing dear :) Jus tsawa the boar bristle brush. Would be curious as to how they actually harvest the bristles.

          Also, love that you’re getting volume with the wooden bristle brush – it is great for that!

          xx

    • Joanna Cardoso

      I’m using a boar bristle brush and is fantastic, I have long hair is very shinny and healthy .I bought online in wildgood, and i choosed this because they are a ecofriendly company and i’m having a good results, You should try to use boar bristle brushes!!Makes difference!!

      • Lauren

        Thanks for sharing! I am definitely going to check out that website! I really want to try a boar bristle brush as I had heard they can leave your hair quite soft and shiny so I’m glad to hear you think so. Anything to help my long straight hair! Thanks again!

  • мιƨƨ♔ιиƨαиɛ

    Thanks for this wonderful info. I needed to find something more “natural” to brush my hair with.. and wood seems just about right.

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Enjoy the results! xx

  • Vicki

    I just bought a really nice wooden bristle brush, I believe its by Widu. I bought it because of the anti static claim but…it makes my hair staticky like crazy! :( Do you have to use it for a period of time so the bristles absorb some of the oil before your hair stops being staticky or do you have to treat the bristles in some way? Thanks!!

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Oh dear! My bristles are ionic on the Olivia brush – so no static there, but on my completely wood bristles from Bass, like your Widu brush, it is definitely a volume builder – unless you’re working with oily hair, or – an oily brush:

      If it’s crazy static I would recommend gently and lightly oiling your bristles on the brush with some light argan oil – just a few drops massaged onto the bristles ever so lightly. Let me know how this goes.

      xx

  • http://www.RakasbyBethany.etsy.com Rakas Skin Care

    This is awesome! I had no idea it could effect that much, thanks for the tip!

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      Hope you enjoy! :)

  • http://my-ecotest.blogspot.de/ Alena Eco

    Hi, I have a question. I don’t understand when to use a comb. I don’t comb my hair when it is wet. Only when it is dry. So I don’t have to use a comb at all, do I?

    • http://www.livingprettynaturally.com/ Living Pretty Naturally

      I use a wide-tooth comb for wet hair, I find it’s gentler on the delicate wet hair (which breaks more easily with a brush when stretched). It’s all about protecting :) xx