I have never been one for combing my hair. This is mainly because I tend to find it difficult to get a comb through my thick locks. But when I came across one from a favourite beauty brand that promotes healthy hair while reducing stress and tension, I was intrigued.
I’m a huge fan of the Hayo’u Method, a range of products founded by Somerset-based Katie Brindle, a masseuse, reflexologist and trained Chinese medical practitioner. “Ancient wisdom for modern life” is the tagline of her brand, which is inspired by a strain of Chinese medicine called Yang sheng (nurture life) and addresses “the root cause of most modern-day illness – stress”. I regularly use its Beauty Oil (£33 for 30ml), with camellia and palmarosa oils, in conjunction with the jade Beauty Restorer tool (£38) to massage my face; a one-minute massage ritual is designed to release tension, reduce wrinkles and improve circulation.
Like the facial massager, Hayo’u’s Beauty Restorer Comb (£38) is also made from jade, a material believed to be imbued with restorative properties, and is based around the practice of Gua sha, a Chinese healing technique using a round-edged tool to gently press and stroke the skin, which, says Brindle, “has been shown in studies to reduce inflammation, increase immunity, relieve muscular tension and improve sleep”. Using the comb is a surprisingly spine-tingling experience and, like the massager, pleasingly tactile and relaxing. The smooth, polished jade form is cool to the touch and its teeth are wide apart and determined (nothing annoys me more than a light massage).
I first took to using the comb at my desk, while pondering whatever article I was working on, and the relaxation effect would last well into the evening. I’ve not noticed any difference to my hair or scalp, but they were in a healthy condition before, but now I’ve started to use it last thing at night I’m convinced the head massage it offers is conducive to a decent night’s sleep.