The Best and Right Way To Brush Your Hair

According to the experts, many people aren’t brushing their hair correctly at all

Brushing your hair may seem like a simple, everyday task that is impossible to get wrong, but according to the experts, many people aren’t brushing their hair correctly at all. Below, you can learn more about how and when to brush your hair to get the best possible results for the long term.

Your roots will even get less oily and you won’t need to use as much dry shampoo because you’ll be distributing the natural oils through the hair. That can help seal the ends and the use of less products. On top of that, we lose an average of 100 hairs per day, so brushing the hair is a good way to remove the loose hair.

How to Determine Your Hair Needs

Different hair textures have different brushing needs.

Curly Hair: 

Because the structure of curls and coils spirals and zig-zags and is more prone to breakage while the hair is dry and there is rough tugging — especially with bristles that feature plastic bobbles on the ends — can cause hair loss and shedding.

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Curlies are more likely to reach for an in-shower comb or stick to good old fashioned finger-combing while their hair is totally wet and saturated with conditioner.

Straight Hair: 

On the opposite end of the strand spectrum, straight hair experiences numerous benefits from being brushed bone-dry including the distribution of its natural oils, moisturizing oils, and smoothing of the follicles.

If your hair is fine, you’ve got to be careful: fine, thinning, or chemically damaged hair can experience breakage if over-handled when wet.

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Wet: To  detangle straight hair brush and comb before showering. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the top. In the shower you may comb through with a wide tooth comb.

Dry: Like mentioned earlier, washing the hair when it’s dry with a bristle brush can help distribute the nourishing oil’s that your scalp produces and using a Guacha or wooden brush can help massage the scalp helping blood flow throughout your head.

Thin vs Thick Hair: 

They hair can never get enough moisture however  when it is brushed too much or you run your hands through your hair too often the oils from your scalp and hands can be overwhelming and you can lose volume on your thin hair. Or thick hair the oils may just be a little too heavy for your head to carry. This is where dry shampoo comes in to rescue the day. Using a dry shampoo or a dry conditioner can help for the oils to be absorbed and therefore giving you back the volume.

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You still want those nourishing oils from your scalp to distribute through the hair so before taking a shower it is suggested to brush your hair enough and then shower. When the hair is dry using a wide tooth comb will make their hair less likely to become oily as opposed to if you were using a bristle brush.

Mature Hair:

There isn’t too much information on that your hair however in my experience of working in the salon for many years mature hair can be on the dry side due to the white and pepper hair strands. White and pepper hair strands can be more rough around the edges and sometimes cause more frizz.

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Brushing your hair often for the natural oils of your scalp to distribute throughout the hair before showering is also suggested for mature hair whether it’s thin, straight, or curly.

On the upside there is always styling products that will help with whatever we cannot control with our hair.

How Often Should You Brush?

According to the experts, most people should be brushing their hair no more than twice per day – once in the morning and once again in the evening. This provides the best benefit without overstimulating oil glands. However, if your hair is very long, or if your hair is very dry, you may want to brush three times a day to keep tangles at bay and encourage the production of natural oil. If your hair is oily or curly, brushing once a day – or even once per shampoo – is typically ideal.

You should never brush your hair while it is wet. Wet hair is susceptible to breakage, and regularly brushing it while it is wet can do some real damage. Use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to distribute conditioner evenly and help remove tangles. This should greatly reduce the need to brush your hair immediately after a shampoo.

Are all Brushes Made Equal?

If your hair is more than a couple inches long, you will need three separate tools: a comb for detangling wet hair, a styling brush, and a detangling brush. Use the comb in the shower to distribute conditioner, the detangling brush in the morning to help remove any mats or tangles, and then the styling brush alongside your hair dryer or other tools to create the style that defines you.

Make sure that you clean your hair tools at least once a week, as well. You can remove hair with a comb, and then remove any product buildup with a cotton swab or toothbrush dipped in a gentle cleanser or shampoo of your choice.

***You might also choose to spray your brushes with a gentle disinfected to prevent bacteria buildup.

Brushing your hair may seem as natural as putting on your favorite dress, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it, and your unique “right way” depends on your unique head of hair. The advice here will help you keep your hair in better health for the long term.

If You Wear Extensions

Do you experience matting?

With extensions it is vital that you brush your hair every day and make sure to run your hands through your hair to avoid any. matting. This can be very damaging for you hair if matting occurs.

Braiding your hair of swirling it into a bun before going to bed is also important to maintain healthy hair and extensions. 

Brush in the morning and before going to bed and on windy days with a bristle brush.

The Benefits

If you think brushing your hair is all about detangling, think again. Brushing your hair has numerous benefits that go far beyond removing tangles.

   1. it helps to distribute healthy natural oils throughout your hair, which prevents oil from building up at the scalp and creating a “greasy” look. These natural oils protect your hair from the elements, too. 

   2. As you brush your hair, you are stimulating those oil-producing sebaceous glands, and you are also removing the 100 or so hairs you lose every single day, on average.

These benefits are best realized if you flip your head upside down and brush from the nape through the tips of the hair, then flip your head back over and brush from the crown of your head and forehead down through the length again. It’s the best way to distribute oils and ensure a healthy shine.

If you have curly hair and wash to not brush while it’s dry after you showered then massaging your scalp with your hands is the best option to get the blood flowing and those natural oils throughout your hair.

Quick tip:

I like to lay facing up or sometimes down on my bed and bring my head to the edge and massage my scalp or a brush with a wooden or Guasha comb or brush, for the blood to flow throughout the head for 10 min before bed or washing my hair.

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