Are you brushing your hair correctly? It's a bit left of field; we get it. Honestly, could there possibly be a 'wrong' way to brush your hair?
If the question seems too left-skewed to even fathom having any shred of merit, or you've never stopped to ponder, it's about time you did! Believe it or not, there is a right/ wrong way to brush hair. What's more, incorrect brushing can actually do significant damage - eeek!
Are you intrigued yet? Questioning your brushing methods? Don't fret.
We've scoured the internet, cut through the clutter and are ready to educate our #boosties on what to do when taking a brush to those locks.
1. Choose the right type of brush
The type and quality of the hairbrush you use when brushing your hair are imperative to the health of your hair. Lower quality brushes are often made with bristles that are plastic and harsh on strands. These types of bristles pull at the hair, causing split ends and fractures.
Opt for brushes that are made with soft, high-quality bristles. Not only do you highly minimise the chances of the hair strands breaking when brushed, the soft bristles gently massage the scalp, stimulating blood circulation and promoting hair growth #winwin!
If you have curly and wavy hair, it should be a priority to use a wide-toothed comb as opposed to your conventional paddle-style hairbrush. The wide gaps between bristles still allow for knots to detangled but do not disrupt the natural curl and create unwanted frizz.
2. NEVER brush hair when wet
This is a HUGE 'no-no' when it comes to brushing techniques. Hair is at its most vulnerable when wet. Due to water's weight, hair is weighed down, subsequently losing all elastic properties and manageability. This opens the strands up to vulnerability, and when excessive friction is applied through brushing, the follicles are more likely than ever to snap and break.
Always brush hair when completely dry or if conditioner has been heavily lathered during showering; the added conditioner acts as a lubricant and aids in detangling knots without abrupt pulling movements.
3. Curly vs straight hair brushing techniques
Believe it or not, different brushing techniques are necessary, depending on the type of hair you have.
It is recommended that curly hair not be brushed at all when dry to prevent unwanted frizz. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb (the preferential brushing tool for curly hair), and gently comb hair with conditioner when washing. Air-dry naturally and aim not to brush curls again until the next wash.
Summary: Use a wide-tooth comb and brush with conditioner in the shower.
For our straight-haired gal pals, we recommend only brushing hair when it is dry. Using a soft-bristled paddle brush start by gently brushing the ends of your hair in small sections. Once the ends are brushed and knot-free, slowly make your way up the hair shaft. Brush down in a smooth, singular motion; avoiding tugging where possible.
Summary: Use a good quality, soft-bristled paddle brush and brush hair gently, in sections, starting at the bottom of the strands.
So there you have it, everything you need to know next time you go to pick up a hairbrush and tame those unruly locks of yours. Follow these simple but crucial points and say goodbye to unnecessary breakage and split ends; hello #hairgoals!
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