Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Sensuality of Hair

In our recent release from Torquere Press, Emerald Fire, we gave our main character Teeka hair down to his waist. We did this for several reasons – to highlight the role of gender in our world, to highlight the relationship between Teeka and his first Contract, and because we like long hair. Since my last blog focused on hair teas, I thought I’d extend that theme to the proper brushing of hair. You will find, through our series, that this will become an element woven through each of the stories.

First, it is important to have the right brush. So many hairbrushes today are made of metal and plastic, which just tear the hair and add nothing to the process. Second, it is important to only brush the hair when it’s dry. Wet hair is fragile and you can break it when you brush it wet. Finally, it is important to massage the scalp as you brush since an increase in blood supply to the hair follicles helps with hair growth.

So, what do you do about the brush? Find a good boar bristle brush that’s well-made. I’ve seen them at Whole Foods, the Body Shop, and small independently-owned boutiques as well as places like Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply. If you’re a man, don’t overlook the importance of a good brush. The sensuality of playing with a lover’s hair is not to be missed. If you have thinning hair or no hair, then I’ll talk about that in a moment – but rest assured, you’ll not be left out.

Now that you have a good brush, it’s important to keep it clean. Brushes should be combed free of hairs and dust and washed with shampoo weekly. Fill your sink with warm water and a dollop of shampoo, then wash your brush. If you apply makeup, wash your applicators at the same time. Be sure to rinse well.

Comb your hair to make sure there are no knots and it’s smooth. Then bend over at the waist and brush from the nape of the neck to the crown with a long, smooth motion, making sure to move the brush against the scalp. They used to say, “Brush your hair one hundred strokes each night,” and that’s pretty close to the truth. Brushing carefully and with a boar bristle brush moves the oils from the follicles to the ends of the hair, lubricating each strand and imparting a healthy shine.

What about when you wash your hair? Comb through it first and then brush it, making sure there are no knots. Let it dry before brushing it vigorously in order to avoid breaking the weakened, wet strands.

If you don’t have hair or have very short hair, a gentle scalp massage is both pleasurable and good for your head. Just because you don’t have long hair like Teeka doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what you have. And if you have a partner to help you, all the more reason to have fun with it.

Happy brushing!


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4 comments:

Darla M Sands said...

Oh, I really like well-kept long hair on men. Thanks for the tips!

A. Catherine Noon said...

Me too, Darla! I like long hair on people in general, really. It takes a little extra work and time to take care of but sure pays off in the long run.

Thanks for commenting!

Rachel Wilder said...

I grew up with 80's rock bands so I love long hair on a guy. It was fun to write it in Emerald Fire as a part of their culture.

A. Catherine Noon said...

I agree. I once dated someone with waist length straight hair and loved playing with it.