[guide] in the eyes of many people, combing one’s hair every day is a woman’s business and one of the indispensable daily trimmings to beautify one’s image. Little do we know that the correct method of combing hair can actually play a role in health care.
There are many important acupoints on the head. Combing hair can effectively stimulate many meridian points, promote blood circulation, firm hair roots and dredge meridians. Therefore, never underestimate the action of combing your hair. How to comb your hair for health? Life times interviewed many experts to teach you how to comb your hair correctly.
Wen Changlu, chairman of the science popularization branch of the Chinese society of traditional Chinese Medicine
Ni Zheng, chief physician of the Department of preventive diseases of Nanjing Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital
Kuang Huitao, Professor of the First Affiliated Hospital of Hunan University of traditional Chinese Medicine
Li Wenhai, Professor of Hunan University of traditional Chinese Medicine
Hair combing and health preservation have existed since ancient times
In fact, combing hair for health preservation is not Chairman Mao’s personal special hobby. Traditional Chinese medicine has long studied combing hair for health preservation.
Su Dongpo of the Song Dynasty once said: “comb your hair for more than a hundred times, sleep with your hair loose, and sleep until the morning.” The book of longevity says: “if you comb your hair more, you can see the wind. It is often counted as 120.” In the treatise on the causes of various diseases, it is said that “if you comb your hair a thousand times, your head will not be white.” It can be seen that people have discovered the health care value of combing their hair since ancient times.
Combing your hair repeatedly can generate electrical induction, stimulate the scalp peripheral nerves and capillaries, relax the nerves and promote blood circulation. Specifically, hair combing can play the following health functions:
(1) nourish hair
Combing the hair can stimulate the peripheral nerves of the scalp, improve and improve the blood circulation of the head, and have a therapeutic effect on alopecia areata, early white hair, etc; It has an improving effect on scalp numbness, scalp pain, dandruff, hair oil, etc; It is also effective in improving hair quality and reducing hair loss.
Comb method: when you comb your hair, you must comb it all the way from the hairline of the forehead to the root of the hair behind the neck, whether in the middle or on both sides of the head. Each part must be combed at least 50 times to have effect. The upper limit is based on your comfort. It is best to use ox horn comb, jade comb and wood comb.
(2) strengthen the brain and calm the mind
Combing the hair not only massages the scalp, but also stimulates the head acupoints, promotes the expansion of intracranial blood vessels, accelerates the return of lymph, improves the oxygen supply in the brain, slows down the aging process of brain cells, and plays a role in strengthening the brain and preventing aging.
Comb method: comb the knot at the end of the hair first, from the middle to the end of the hair, and then gently stimulate the scalp from the root to the tip of the hair. The direction of the hair should be perpendicular to the scalp. The order of combing is to comb back from the hairline of the forehead, and then comb back to front along the hairline. Then, comb from above the left and right ears in opposite directions, and finally let the hair spread out to the four sides of the head to comb.
It is best to comb three times a day in the morning, middle and evening, each time for 10 minutes. Comb each part 5-6 times, and comb the whole hair about 100 times a day.
Boxwood comb is the best, and ox horn comb is also OK. The comb teeth should be wide to ensure that there is a certain massage strength when combing the hair, and the skin will not be scratched.
(3) treatment of headache
Combing the hair and stimulating the scalp can relax the tense nerves and relax the tense and spasmodic blood vessels. Therefore, it has a therapeutic effect on vascular nerve headache, migraine, neurasthenia and other diseases. If you can persist in combing your hair in the morning and evening and calm down at the same time, it will help to avoid chronic headache.
Comb method: you can use a comb for your hair, or you can directly use your fingers instead of the comb. Comb the hair from the front hairline to the back hairline slowly. When combing with ten fingers, you can rub the scalp while combing.
Generally, comb your hair three times a day, one time after getting up early, one time during lunch break and one time before going to bed, each time for 10-30 minutes or longer, with moderate force to make your scalp feel hot, swollen and numb, but pay attention not to scratch your scalp.
The material of the comb should be wood. The comb teeth should be neat and not too sharp. The slightly round and blunt ones are the best.
(4) access to Yang Qi
“Health preservation theory” says: “in spring and March, I comb my hair one or two hundred times every morning.” At this time, the Yang Qi of the human body conforms to nature and has the characteristics of rising upward and outward. And the head is the meeting of all Yang. Combing your hair every day is conducive to reaching Yang Qi and dredging Qi and blood.
Comb method: start from the hairline on the forehead with ten fingers of both hands, comb the hair from front to back to the hairline behind the neck, and rub the scalp while combing. The action is slow and gentle, about 10 minutes each time.
The best time to comb your hair in spring is in the morning, because the morning is the time when Yang Qi grows. Combing your hair at this time can promote the initiation of Yang Qi, help blood flow, clear the leader, and prevent spring sleepiness.
Chairman Mao’s law of combing hair for health care
Li Yinqiao, as the chief guard around Mao Zedong, knows a lot of little-known fragments of Mao Zedong’s life. In the red wall guard, he recalled the story of Mao Zedong combing his hair for health care.
In the three major battles of Liaoshen, Huaihai, Pingjin and the later battle of crossing the Yangtze River, Mao Zedong worked almost all night. At the critical juncture of the Northeast battlefield, Mao Zedong had not slept for two days and three nights. Li Yinqiao tried every means to persuade the chairman to sleep, but it didn’t work.
After some hard and soft work, Li Yinqiao finally made the chairman “give in”. He moved a recliner and said, “Chairman, you can lie on the chair and read the documents. I will comb your hair. This will not affect your work but also give you a rest.” Mao Zedong said approvingly: “good, good, this is good.”
In this way, while Mao Zedong was lying in his chair reviewing documents, Li Yinqiao combed his hair again and again. Before he knew it, Mao Zedong fell asleep.
Since then, Li Yinqiao and other staff members have adhered to the practice of combing Mao Zedong’s hair before going to bed. Mao Zedong is very happy to accept this good method of relieving fatigue and hypnosis.
Comb your hair a thousand times and you’ll get half sick
Many acupuncture points are distributed in the front, side, back and neck of the head. Stimulation of relevant acupoints by combing the hair can help prevent and treat a variety of diseases: the acupoints in the front and side head regions have the effect of treating eye and nose diseases, the acupoints in the back head region have the effect of sobering the mind, and the acupoints in the neck region have the effect of calming the mind and calming the mind, and treating diseases such as hoarseness and sore throat.
The upper star (1 inch above the middle of the front hairline of the head), Baihui (in the middle of the head), sun, jade pillow (2.5 inches above the middle of the back hairline, 1.3 inches on the left and right sides, and the depression on the upper edge of the occipital tuberosity), wind pool (one on the left and one on the left and one on the right under the occipital bone and one on the outside of the big tendon) and other acupoints through which the comb passes.
Under the stimulation of repeated massage of the comb, the stimulation will be transmitted to the cerebral cortex through the nerve endings, so as to adjust the nerve function of the head, relax the nervous tension of the head, promote the blood circulation of the head, and benefit the normal function of the brain and play a positive role in promoting the health of the whole body.
In addition to morning and night, mental workers can pick up a comb to comb their hair when they feel dizzy and tired at ordinary times. Research shows that combing your hair in the morning and evening has an obvious effect on keeping your mind clear and treating nervous headache, insomnia and irritability; Combing your hair during work is of direct help to recover brain fatigue, maintain energy, enhance thinking ability and stabilize emotions.
Patients with high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and neurasthenia should adhere to combing their hair. Stimulating the head acupoints through combing can calm the liver, calm the wind, open the mind and calm the mind, and play an auxiliary role in treating the disease.
You’d better comb your hair by hand first
Long flowing hair is the dream of many women. But many people don’t know that combing hair is also quite learned. Moderate stimulation can make hair more resilient and shiny, and excessive stimulation will not only damage hair quality, but also hurt the scalp.
Generally speaking, every morning and evening, comb with sparse wooden or ox horn comb, from front to back, with even force. Just let the comb teeth touch the scalp gently, comb and shave the hair several times, which can promote the blood circulation of the head and make the hair soft and supple. This is called moderate stimulation.
Many people like to comb their hair with a comb with dense teeth, especially plastic comb. This will not only easily damage their hair in the process of pulling, but also generate static electricity in dry weather, which will make their hair easy to be astringent and knotted, seriously damage the fur on the surface of their hair, make their hair scales turn up, and lose their luster. This is overstimulation.
In order to prevent excessive stimulation of hair, you should first comb the entangled hair with five separate fingers. This is because the fingers are round, which can flexibly handle the tangled condition of hair, and the damage to hair is very small. Next, spread out your hair and comb it.
If you can bend your body forward or backward at the same time when combing your hair, the effect of protecting your hair will be better. If your hair is disturbed and very dry by the strong wind, you’d better brush your hair with a brush made of animal hair, which can better protect your scalp and hair.
In addition, if your hair is dry, you should use more force when combing it to promote scalp blood circulation and replenish nutrition for your hair; If it is oily hair, the less you comb it, the better, otherwise it will stimulate excessive sebum secretion.
Short hair should be combed frequently
People with slightly longer hair will never forget the compulsory course of combing their hair every day. But for some people with short hair or even pitifully little hair, combing their hair seems to be superfluous. In particular, some men go out after getting up and cleaning up with their hands.
In fact, no matter whether you have long hair or short hair, the action of combing your hair is very important. If you don’t comb your hair for a long time, the scalp and hair follicles will lack benign stimulation, which is likely to become unhealthy and eventually lead to hair loss.
Experts remind that people with short hair should comb their hair more. Because people with short hair are more likely to be injured by wind evil and cold evil, combing hair and health care are particularly important.
For people with less and less hair, the purpose of combing their hair is not only beauty, but also important health care. Such people can directly comb with their fingers instead of a comb.
You can’t make a living by combing your hair like this
As the old saying goes, “comb your hair a thousand times before you take it off.”. Combing hair can not only Nourish Qi and blood, but also promote the healthy growth of hair. However, if you comb your hair in the wrong way, it will hurt your hair, resulting in dryness, knotting, lack of luster, and even hair loss.
Life times summarized several common wrong hairdressing methods based on the reports of Japan’s “sangfa” network. I hope you can learn from them.
(1) comb to the end
This is the most common mistake people make. Picking up the comb from the root of the hair to the bottom from top to bottom will not only easily lead to knot in the hair, but also pull off some “innocent” hair.
The correct way to comb your hair is to first hold a section of hair, comb out the scattered hair tips, then comb it from the middle of the hair to the tail, and finally slowly comb it from the root to the tip.
(2) fast combing speed
In order to hurry up, I combed my hair a few times, but I didn’t realize that if I combed my hair too fast, especially when I used a dense tooth comb, the hair in the comb teeth would be pulled and hurt, and it might lead to hair breakage over time.
(3) do not clean the comb
Many scalp diseases are transmitted through combs. Grease, dust and other dirt remain on the comb, which will breed germs and infect the human body through contact with the scalp.
Therefore, the comb should be cleaned frequently. You can soak it in soapy water for 10 minutes, then brush the teeth one by one with an old toothbrush, and then rinse it with clean water.
(4) do not comb the scalp
Many people brush their hair like a dragonfly, which is not conducive to combing away the dirt on their hair and stimulating the blood circulation of their scalp.
To comb your hair correctly, you should divide your hair into several areas, such as the top of your head, forehead and sides, and then touch your scalp from the outside to the inside and comb it gently. This is conducive to transferring the oil secreted by the scalp to the hair surface, forming a natural moisturizing layer, and preventing hair from drying and branching.
The comb can stimulate the nerve endings of the scalp by gently brushing the scalp, which has the effect of relaxing, alleviating fatigue and promoting sleep.
5. Comb your hair before it’s dry
After washing the hair, combing it before it is dry will damage the cuticle of the hair that has not been closed. It is recommended to comb through the hair before washing it, dry it with an electric hair dryer or wait for it to dry naturally in the shade before combing.
6 plastic comb
Friction between plastic comb and hair can easily generate static electricity and damage hair. It is best to use a comb made of natural bristles. The oil on it will be transferred to the hair through the action of combing to moisturize the hair. In addition, natural combs such as ox horn combs and peach wood combs are also good choices.
(7) comb upside down
Some people shave their hair upside down to make it look fluffy. However, the hair cuticle grows downward and is arranged like a tile. If you comb it upside down, it will hurt the hair cuticle.