I recently started brushing my hair. I used to never brush it because I have incredibly thick wavy hair, and brushing it expands my waves. When you've been told you have enough hair for 5 people, a Mufasa mane is not necessarily the most wearable everyday look. I am always looking for products and techniques that will help me compact my hair instead. That means washing sparingly, oils that aren't greasy, and then letting my hair air dry without ever touching a brush or comb.
Lately though, things have changed. I always encourage clients with fine hair or who are trying to grow their hair long to brush it and regularly massage their scalp. A head massage always feels good, and combined with brushing, can help distribute natural oils throughout your hair, leaving your scalp fresh and encouraging blood flow. It's like gentle exfoliating. Since I wash my hair a couple times a week (sometimes a couple times a month), I've now been brushing it every 4 days. My waves can always use a refresher after day 3 or 4 so I brush it all at night, sleep on it so it compresses, and then mist it with this vitamin water in the morning so it'll air dry again.
This works with my fine-haired friends too. Some of them say their hair is thicker after 3 or more days of not washing. Brushing it well promotes a healthy scalp and can help extend a shampoo a little longer too. A little dry shampoo before brushing doesn't hurt either ;) Fat and the Moon is my current favorite.
Image photographed by Berry Berenson for American Vogue 1968