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The Great No-Brush Experiment

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    So much of our identity is tangled up in our tresses. Our hair shows the world who we are — or who we want to be. And, our combs and brushes play a big role in getting it to that point, so to say we rely on them heavily would be an understatement.

    But, what would happen if you were asked to give up your hairbrush for an entire week? Would your mane go crazy? And, would it affect more than just your hair? Could it affect the way you feel about yourself in the day-to-day?

    Actually, bidding farewell to your brush could benefit your strands (if not your confidence). Marcia Brady may have brushed her hair 100 times, but over-brushing can be detrimental. Over time, it can even lead to significant weakening and damage to your hair. Not good.

    Of course, we had to know for sure if ditching the bristles could make our manes look better. So, following in our new tradition of beauty sadism deprivation (read: The No-Face-Wash Experiment and The No-Shampoo Experiment), we decided to test that theory, with six of our brave staffers. Their hair types run the gamut, and their experiences did, too. Some found the week liberating, while others found it insanely stressful. But, most of them came to one final conclusion: Maybe we don't need our brushes as much as we think we do.

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