Since brushing our hair is such a mundane daily chore, most of us don’t give much thought to how we do it. Brushing your hair not only helps prevent tangles and ensures a good hair day, but it also promotes healthy hair and scalp by increasing blood flow to the region and stimulating the scalp.
Here are some simple techniques for maintaining healthy hair that go beyond the standard “brush your hair before you leave the house” routine.
Don’t brush too often
How frequently should you brush your hair? Brushing is beneficial for all hair types, but there is no truth to the urban legend that claims you need to do it 100 times a day to get maximum shine. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
On the contrary, excessive brushing might actually do harm. Overbrushing causes damage to the hair’s cuticles, which prevents light from reflecting the light off the hair and making it seem shiny. That’s why you should only brush your hair as much as it takes to get it smooth and detangled.
Use the right brush
You wouldn’t think so, but there are brushes out there designed for use on different hair types.
If you’re brushing your hair damp look for fine, flexible bristled brushes. They are easier on the hair and allow for delicate detangling without the need for severe tugging. You may even get combs with holes in the bristles that let air flow through while you comb, drying the hair as you go. An alternative that works well on damp hair is a comb with broad teeth.
No matter your hair type, finding the perfect hair brushes will make your locks look glossy and perfect. For fine hair, look for extra-soft bristle brushes, while those of you with coarser locks will benefit from wider-bristled ones.
Brush your hair dry
When you brush dry hair, you reduce the risk of split ends and it falling out. Most of the time, you’ll get the best results if you detangle your hair before you get in the shower. Brushing damp hair may cause breakage, so it’s best to work out any big tangles or knots before you wash it. To get your hair straight again after a shower, use a wide-tooth comb and comb it gently to smooth it.
Curly hair is the one and only exception! If your hair gets tangled often, you can detangle it in the shower with conditioner and a wide-toothed comb. Use a conditioner that works with your hair type, wait a few minutes, and then gently comb out the knots.
Use the right shampoo and conditioner
Weak hair is best dealt with by using a shampoo designed to prevent hair loss. If you switch to a shampoo specially formulated to aid hair loss, you’re on the right track. Look for ones containing antioxidants to prevent hair from becoming too brittle.
Plus, condition your hair to ease the burden of styling it. Most of the time, you’ll find that the shampoo you chose comes with the conditioner in the same line. For the best results, make sure to use these products together. Don’t wash out the conditioner right away, but make sure that the product coats your hair well and wait for a minute or two before rinsing.
Take care of your brushes
No matter what your hair type or the kind of brush you use, it’s important to clean it periodically. If you don’t clean your hairbrush regularly, you’ll only be reintroducing the product and dirt you brush out of your hair every day.
It’s ideal to clean your brush twice a month. Remove any stray hairs from your brush, soak it in water, and shampoo for three to four minutes. If you leave it any longer than that, you risk ruining them, especially if there’s a wooden handle. Not only will your bush last you much longer, but you’ll also have a cleaner and shinier mane.
Every woman wishes to have glossy and healthy hair. Frankly, some were born lucky and don’t have to try hard to achieve this look, while others have to look for tips and tricks to get their hair perfect. We hope that these must-try brushing tips have helped you manage your locks and keep them from breaking and falling out.