There are many reasons for excessive hair shedding and hair damage, some of which can be easily avoided. Although it may seem like an easy task, many people especially those with longer locks, have never learned how to properly brush their hair. Incorrect or careless hair brushing can lead to hair damage including split ends, breakage and sometimes an overall increase in hair fall.
Never Brush Wet Hair
Whether your hair is curly, straight, thick, thin, short or long, the number one hair care rule that applies to everyone is to never use a brush on your hair when it is wet. The reason behind this rule is when hair is wet, it is at its most vulnerable state, leaving it more at risk to breakage and damage, further weakening hair strands. Also, hair tends to swell when it becomes wet making it a difficult match for brushes with many bristles. Although you should never brush your hair when wet, you can comb your hair with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb when it is slightly damp to assist in removing knots while avoiding frizziness.
Before you begin brushing your hair, a simple extra step you can take to maintain a healthy mane is to apply a coin-size amount of hair serum through the mid shaft to the end of the hairs. This will help protect your hair while retaining moisture, softness and shine. Once evenly distributed, divide your hair into smaller sections to reduce pulling and tugging.
How to Brush
Now that your hair is properly prepped, begin by gently combing or brushing your hair from the bottom gradually working through the top of your hair. A common mistake that many people make is combing from the roots to the tips of the hair. However, knots tend to form from the middle to the ends of the hair, so brushing from the roots down in one continuous motion can result in further knots and overall damage.
To avoid painful tugging on the scalp, begin by grabbing the first section of hair a few inches from the bottom, gently brushing the hair below your hand. Continue this process, gradually working your way up the rest of the section and repeat for the following sections until you can effortlessly brush through all parts of your hair. This method will result in less pain, pulling, tugging, breakage and hair fall, while adding life to your hair by keeping it smooth, shiny and voluminous.
- Brush hair twice a day to maintain healthy, tangle-free hair
- Mid-length to long or thick hair: Use a wide flat brush
- Short, fine hair: use a smaller brush
- All hair: use a wide-tooth comb or use fingers to comb through hair
- Clean your hairbrush once a month by soaking it in baking soda and warm water, gently removing hair, oils and old residue