It should be simple right? But how we brush our strands can really affect our hair health. We all know that brushing our hair is an everyday ritual, but did you know that the way you wield that trusty hairbrush can significantly impact the health and appearance of your locks? Whether you have luscious long tresses or a short bob, learning the right techniques and using the right tools can make all the difference in achieving smooth, shiny, and manageable hair. Say goodbye to tangles, breakage, and frizz, and get ready to brush your way to stunning hair.
Don’t start at the roots
This goes against everything we have ever known, but brushing from the root down can pull hairs out at the follicles, instead start near the bottom and work your way up as you loosen tangles. By the time you make it to the top, your hair should be smooth, detangled and ready to brush through.
Brush your hair when its dry
Dry hair is less prone to damage than wet hair, when you are brushing wet hair take extra care and use a detangling product first and use a brush or comb designed for wet brushing – the teeth or bristles will typically be further apart and more flexible.
Don’t brush too often
Forget about a hundred brushes a day! Keep your locks in great condition by minimising brushing and only brush when you need to detangle or smooth down your locks. Remember to always condition when your hair when you wash it and this will help prevent knots and mean you should require less brushing.
Embrace the 80% rule
If you have to wash you hair when it isnt fully dry, wait until hair is at least 80% dry before using a brush to style it, this way you will do less damage and minimize the risk of hair snapping and pulling.
Keep your hairbrush clean
Your hairbrush collects oil and debris which can be brushed straight back in to your hair if you don’t regularly clean your combs and brushes. To keep your hairbrush in top-notch condition, start by removing any loose hairs and debris trapped between the bristles. Next, fill a bowl with warm water and a few drops of gentle shampoo or dish soap. Submerge the hairbrush in the soapy solution, ensuring that the bristles are completely soaked. Use an old toothbrush or a comb to gently scrub away any residue or product buildup. Rinse the brush thoroughly under running water and pat it dry with a clean towel. Finally, leave the brush to air dry with the bristles facing downward, preventing water from seeping into the handle. Regularly cleaning your hairbrush will not only extend its lifespan but also promote healthier, more beautiful hair with every use.