How To Brush Your Hair With Minimal Damage
An incorrect hair brushing technique is the fastest route to damaged and uncontrollable hair. There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration to minimize the damage and the impact on your hair:
1. Your Hair Type
Smooth straight hair requires a different brushing technique to curly or frizzy hair types. You need to identify your hair type before selecting a suitable brushing method. You may want to consult with a professional hairdresser or stylist to determine your hair type.
2. Your Hair Brush
Once you have identified your hair type, you can select a brush that is most suitable for your preferred brushing technique. Brushes that are made from natural fibers and prevent the build-up of static are advisable. It may be necessary to invest in more than one hairbrush to get the best results.
3. Wet Or Dry
This is a controversial issue as some experts believe you should brush your hair when wet while others say that you should never brush while wet. The solution to this debate is once again related to your hair type, brushing technique and the type of brush you are using. The best practice with wet hair is, however, to gently comb (NOT brush) out the strands, preferably while you still have conditioner in your hair.
On the other hand, frizzy or curly hair does not react well to being brushed when dry. Spritzing or spraying the hair with a conditioning or sealing agent (NOT hairspray) or using a damp hair brush can prevent these hair types from becoming bushy or unmanageable after brushing.
4. Root To Tip
The best procedure for all hair types is to brush from the root of hair (the portion near the scalp) to the tips of the hair. Don't use long sweeping strokes but rather shorter strokes, especially if you have longer hair. As you run into snags (knots that prevent the brush from moving smoothly through the hair), stop brushing and change to a comb to remove the snag before continuing.
5. Tangles And Nests
Hair is most likely to become tangled or form a bird's nest while you are sleeping. A detangling treatment can be used before going to bed at night as a preventative measure. Alternatively, you can use a detangling spray in the morning before brushing. Leave the spray on the hair for a couple of minutes before brushing and follow the root to tip technique, avoiding snags.
6. Styling Products
It is best to ensure that all knots, tangles, and snags are brushed out before applying any styling products to your hair. You should also avoid brushing your hair out once the styling products have set or dried on the hair.
7. Hair Brush Care
It is essential to ensure that your brushes and combs are cleaned on a regular basis. A great tip is to take your brushes into the shower or bath with you and give them a good scrubbing and rinse.