Healthy beautiful hair is not a sprint – this is a marathon that you can fail due to your bad hair habits. Hair loss, thinning, brittle hair, dry hair mostly is the result of your actions. Multiple brushing, as an inescapable part of your hair-care routine, can lead to long-term damages of your hair. On the contrary, proper regular combing can be extremely beneficial for your locks. In other words, daily combing like a workout for your scalp helps to keep your roots in tonus.
The quality of your brush and the technique of your brushing are crucial for the health of your hair. An improper comb damages your strands even if you use high-quality shampoos, conditioners, and masks. So, read the article step by step, and you’ll be able to care about your locks properly.
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Step 1: Choose Your Perfect Brush
The choice of the best brush and comb for you depends on your hair texture and how you plan to use it. There are millions of brushes and combs that sound amazing by descriptions or reviews, but no one can guarantee that this comb will fit you well. So, test each brush before buying, ask your friends about their experience, consult with your hairdresser, read articles, and one day you will find your perfect brush! There are varied types of brushes:
- Paddle Brush – a rectangular head brush that stimulates the blood circulation around your scalp. It’s recommended for medium and long hair. Also, it will be useful for untangling your strands.
- Quill Brush – an oval head brush that massages your scalp and distributes your natural hair oils. Good for all types of hair.
- Skeleton Brush – a perfect tool for styling and blow drying. Also, this will be good for thick and curly hair that needs detangling.
- Boar Bristle Brush – ideal for thin and damaged hair. In fact, boar hair has been used as bristles for brushes (and even toothbrushes) for hundreds of years, because boar hair is almost identical to human hair in texture and this produces many benefits for your scalp.
Step 2: Find Your Best Comb
A comb is a nice thing our grandmothers have been using and it’s still in use. The mythology says that a comb is a symbol of femininity; a comb was an attribute of many goddesses, like Venus and Aphrodite.
There are lots of different materials for creating a comb: wood, metal, plastic, animal bones, сarbon, and silicone. Natural materials, like wood and animal bones, are the best – gentle for hair, affordable, and efficient. Also, we have various types of combs. For example, a wide-tooth comb is great for untangling knots in your locks; a wooden comb can be used to apply a mask or conditioner to your hair. Besides, in your daily routine, you can use a classic comb, that is great for smoothing your hair out and making your strands glossy.
Step 3: Key Rules How to Brush Hair
The American hair loss Association said that “running a brush or comb too hard through your hair puts a lot of physical stress on the hair fiber, and it can cause the cuticles to flake and strip away. Aggressive brushing while your hair is wet is problematic, too, as it can lead to excessive pulling and breakage”.
So, the way you brush your hair does matter. These simple rules help you to boost your hair health and gloss. Firstly, brush from the bottom up: start from combing your tips and move upwards only when you’ve removed all tangles. Brushing from roots is too risky for your scalp and hair. Secondly, comb tiny sections of your hair one by one. Rather than trying to run a comb through your entire head of hair at once, it’s best to work with a small section at a time.
Step 4: How Often You Can Comb
It depends on your hair condition and texture. Thin, long hair needs regular brushing to avoid tangles. Curly or wavy hair should be better brushed as less as possible to not destroy the curls.
Over-brushing can cause a great damage, such as hair loss, or thinning hair. So, comb as often as you feel, but try to minimize daily meetings of your strands with a brush.
Another great tip for you: sleep with your hair in braids. This method promises less tangling and prevents a huge mess on your head in the morning.
Step 5: Never Ever…
- You should never ever do wet combing. It’s better not to brush hair just after washing, but if you do, use a wide-tooth comb only. It will be healthier for your strands.
- Do not comb your hair too vigorously, it can scratch your scalp and lead to hair loss.
- Do not fall for tales about combing 100 strokes per day. This practice is based on a long-ago period when people only washed and combed their hair once a week. Nowadays it’s more dangerous than helpful.
- Do not use one brush for years. The real terms of a brush are 6 months and “hello a new comb!”.