Benefits of Using a Boar Bristle Brush

I’ve been on a hair care kick lately after realizing my hair is aging with me. Shocker to all of us, I know. I’ve been searching for ways to maintain healthy, long hair while reducing shedding and frizz. While I have seen these brushes around, I had no idea what they were and the amazing benefits they offer.

So if you have no idea what a boar bristle brush is or you’re looking to improve your hair health, here are some of the benefits of using a boar bristle brush.



Boar bristle brushes have been around for centuries and have been used to maintain shiny, healthy hair without the use of products. Many famous faces have been seen using or carrying boar bristle brushes, including Katherine Hepburn and Princess Diana, to maintain their luxurious locks.

Conditions Hair Naturally

Boar bristle brushes were originally designed to improve hair texture and increase shine before conditioners and hair serums were introduced. These brushes were designed to take the natural oils created from the scalp, called sebum, down the entire shaft of hair. The brush basically coats each strand of hair with a tiny amount of sebum, ultimately repairing dry hair and adding shine.

Improves Hair Texture

Since a boar bristle brush distributes the natural oils that weigh hair down, the brush improves hair texture by making it soft and voluminous.

I have naturally straight hair and throughout the day it will fall flat. I’ve found that by using my nylon and boar bristle brush during my lunch hour, I can revive my lifeless hair.

Reduces Frizz and Breakage

Sebum is the best natural hair conditioner and is also the most effective anti-frizz serum. The oil that is distributed works as a natural protectant for your hair, increasing elasticity and sealing split ends.  A boar bristle brush helps tame pesky fly-aways to create sleek styles, while decreasing frizz overall.

Stimulates the Scalp

The bristles on a boar bristle brush gently massage the scalp, increasing blood flow and stimulate the hair follicles. The stimulation is an amazingly meditative experience and can lead to improved hair growth.

Reduces the Use of Styling Products

Because a boar bristle brush improves the health of your hair, no longer need to purchase leave-in conditioners or other hair serums to improve your hair. The use of styling products will also make your brush dirty and clog the bristles.

Reduces Washing Frequency

Frequent hair washing is a modern practice with the increase of styling products. Back in the day, women would wash and set their hair once a week or less. Again, these brushes evenly distribute the natural oils produced by the scalp, reducing the oil build-up that weighs hair down making it look greasy and dirty.

I’m a couple weeks in using The Shine Brush by Wet Brush, which includes both Mongolian Boar and IntelliFlex bristles. It’s really helped add shine and make my hair softer. I’m waiting to see the results after an extended period of use.


Have you used a boar bristle brush? What has your experience been like?


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