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How The Yves Durif Comb + Brush Transformed My Hair
I was recently introduced to the legendary Yves Durif, the founder of The Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle Hotel in New York. Yves was born in Grenoble, France and by the age of 17 had already begun his hair dressing career at Jacque Dessange Coiffure in Paris. By 21 he was working in Montreal, where he mostly cut and styled hair on the set of films and television. At the age of 30, Yves moved to New York City expressly to work with Bruno Pittini at the Bruno Dessange Salon. Well, this was my first time at his famed salon. And the first time I ever used his famous hair comb and brush. After the consultation I was dressed in a robe and lead to a sink where my hair was washed using Yves' signature shampoo technique. Yves explained to me that as basic as it might sound, the majority of people do not know how to shampoo their hair properly. The most important part of any shampoo regimen is cleansing the scalp and roots properly. Typically, too much emphasis is placed on sudsing up the lengths of the hair and not enough on the scalp and roots which need the most attention as this is where the sebaceous glands are producing toxins and oils that can affect hair adversely.
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Not your usual wash: special treatment for scalp and roots
The washer started by running a pre-shampooing hair oil through my hair and then brushed it through with The Yves Durif Vented Brush, ends first, and then gradually brushed down the lengths of my hair. She let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinsed. Now back to the wash. After the combing, she then mixed two pumps of shampoo with water in Yves' signature applicator bottle, shook the mixture and applied it directly to my scalp in sections. This process keeps the shampoo concentrated on the scalp and roots where it is needed. She then massaged the entire scalp thoroughly for a full five minutes. This stimulates circulation and hair growth. She then ran The Yves Durif Comb from my scalp to ends—once again applying pressure at the scalp to stimulate circulation, and then combing through the hair to distribute the shampoo evenly through the length of my hair, gently cleaning the tips without causing abrasion. Next, she applied a walnut-sized amount of conditioner, avoiding the roots and scalp, distributing the conditioner through the lengths of my hair. She once again used Yves’ Comb to distribute and rinse the conditioner. She finished with a cold water rinse to seal the cuticle.
So why are Yves’s hair tools so special?
Well, the comb is made of natural rubber resin which has an anti-static effect. The teeth have some heft to them and are wide, so you can comb through the hair without yanking out strands or even clumps of hair, all while massaging the scalp. It's also virtually indestructible, so if you use it in the shower, like I do, and it falls into the shower or tub, you don't have to worry about it breaking. My hair has been looking healthier and shinier since that amazing cut. And I think a lot has to do with the brush and the comb. I now use them all the time: I use the vented brush when my hair is dry to distribute hair masks through the lengths. It's painless and doesn't yank out my hair on the way down. It is one of the only brushes I can get through my thick, curly hair when it's dry. I use the comb in the shower to distribute shampoo and conditioner evenly through the lengths of my hair. It massages the scalp, gets the blood flowing, which is a nice eye opener in the morning, and removes much of the product residue and buildup that accumulates on my scalp. Curly hair requires the use of a leave-in conditioner and usually two or so styling products, which can result in serious scalp product buildup. I wash my hair every day so this has become a daily ritual. I have noticed a difference in the texture of my hair. It is softer and less frizzy. Thank you Yves!
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