Advice From the Hair Shaman: Proper Hair Brush Technique

The best way to brush your hair is with a natural boar bristle brush. The Master Hair Shaman, Anthony Morrocco tells you the best way to brush your hair.

How to Brush Your Hair

brush, morrocco methodBefore you brush, sit quietly for three minutes, breathing slowly and deeply through your nose. Calm your body, especially your shoulders, forehead, and scalp, releasing any tension and allowing for the maximum air and blood flow to these areas. Then, stand up straight and begin. Release your knees; do not keep them locked in a straight position. Like in the martial arts horse stance, your back is relaxed, your tailbone is slightly tucked under and your knees are slightly bent. If you keep your legs stiff and straight, it will block the flow of ch’i through your spinal cord!

1. Bend over from the waist as far down as you can, allowing the blood to flow into the scalp. This increase in the circulation of blood and oxygen stimulates and nourishes the entire scalp and follicles, activating new hair growth.

2. Firmly grasp the brush by the handle. Beginning at the nape of the neck, draw it along the morrocco method, brushsides and over the crown to the front hairline in a slow, easy motion, all the way to the ends of the hair. Brushing like this for 3 to 5 minutes stimulates the glands and scalp as well. More importantly, it fills the brush bristles with sebum, which you are now ready to distribute to your scalp and hair.

3. Stand up straight, with soft knees again, with your now-sebum-filled brush.

4. Draw the brush from the front hairline back through the hair, allowing the brush to penetrate to the scalp. Stroking smoothly and gently to avoid scratching the scalp, brush down to the nape of your neck, all the way to the ends of your hair. This thoroughly coats your hair with sebum, allowing this “natural elixir” to condition and add body and luster to your hair.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 twice more. You’ll complete the sequence of brushing bent over, then brushing standing up, three times total.

Complete this ritual three times a day: in the morning, afternoon, and before bedtime.

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