What You Need to Know About Brushing Hair

Brushing Hair

Brushing Hair

Brushing Hair Do’s and Don’ts

Brushing hair is the most common form of hair care and styling measure that women do on their hair. It is something that women do every single day, and often several times in a day. But are you aware that there is a proper way of brushing hair? Have you ever given thought into your brushing methods if it is the way it should be? Don’t fret – this guide will show you what you need to know about proper brushing and how you can prevent damage while brushing hair.

Use the following guide the next time you attempt the grab the handle and style your hair.

Brushing Hair Wet

No. 1 Rule for Brushing hair – No-No for Wet Hair

It is a no-brainer but a lot of women still dismiss the importance of this rule. Wet hair is highly vulnerable and fragile. The slightest friction can snag at your hair and cause it to break. The reason for this is that your hair loses its natural elasticity when it is wet. A regular bristle brush can be too rough for the hair in this gentle state.

You need to apply leave-in conditioner to soften the hair and remove any tangles. Then, use a wide tooth comb. Brushes are best left for styling, not for wet hair.

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The old myth of brushing hair 100 strokes a day has long been dispelled. But in addition to this myth being busted, it also points out another important hair care tidbit that women should be aware of: and that is avoiding over-manipulation. Try to brush your hair minimally. Excessive brushing can lead to the deterioration of the strands’ outer layer, also known as the cuticle. When the cuticle is damaged, it creates the appearance of frizzy and lackluster strands. As you can see, too much brushing is not the key to a more beautiful hair

Brushing Hair

Find the Right Brush

The right brush can help you achieve the proper style on your hair. There are several types of brushes out there but a wide, flat brush is recommended for women with mid-length to long and thick hair. Meanwhile, a thinner brush is needed for working with short and fine hair.

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A high quality boar bristle brush is a good investment for your hair. But if you have finer hair texture, opt for the softer boar bristle brush to prevent damage without compromising on the styling results. A brush that is made with a combination of natural and synthetic fibers is best for coarser hair texture.

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Wait for Hair to Dry Before Brushing

In connection with the first tip, you need to wait until hair is dry before you begin working with a brush. Flip hair upside down and begin brushing at the hair around the back of the neck. Avoid brushing hair too forcefully near the roots. This will over-stimulate the roots and production of oil from the sebaceous glands. You do not want to end up with a greasy hair.


Other Hair Brushing Tips

Here are a few healthy reminders the next time your brushing hair:

  • A good trick to achieving beautifully shiny hair is to gently brush hair at night, before going to bed. This will help stimulate the natural oils from your scalp and distribute it to the ends. The oils will have enough time overnight to seep into the cuticle layers and promote better shine.
  • Make it a point to regularly clean your hair brushes. Never use a dirty brush on your hair. The dirt and oil that have clogged up on the bristles can cause damage to hair when it is exposed back to your locks.
  • Prep your hair for brushing with a gentle massage. This will stimulate the scalp and ensure that you do not have to brush several strokes to get the styling you want.

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.