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Brushing Your Hair The Right Way

There’s a lot more to brushing your hair than simply running a brush through it. You’ll need to consider what type of hair you have, how you intend to style it, and what condition it’s in.

You may think that you’ve been brushing your hair properly all these years, but you’re about to find out how you should be doing it to get the best possible results.

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Wet or Dry?

You can brush your hair when it’s wet.

However, according to Bustle, wet hair is heavier and more fragile, you’re more likely to damage it when it’s wet.

That means it’s better to dry it first.

You can do this by dabbing your hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. 

It’s best to leave it to air dry before brushing.

But, if you don’t have time, use a quality de-tangling product after dabbing.

It’s important that you choose high-quality products, whether you need a detangle or purple shampoo.

Quality products don’t use harsh chemicals that damage your hair, increasing the risk of it becoming dry and coming out as you brush it.

The Right Hair Brush

There are different types of hairbrushes on the market.

For example, the standard paddle brush will tug on your hair which can be an issue if it is wet; instead of breaking up knots, they are likely to damage your hair.

Instead, a thinner bristled brush will be better at sliding through wet hair, detangling it without damage.

You should note that paddle brushes are considered the best option for straight or wavy hair, but they should be dry first.

The Key To Successfully Brushing

Brushing is not about quantity. You shouldn’t be sitting at your mirror counting 100 strokes of your brush. 

Instead, you should focus on quality.

Make sure every stroke removes knots and tangles without damaging your hair.

The fewer the number of strokes, the better!

That doesn’t mean two strokes are enough.

You need to concentrate on how your hair feels after you brush it.

Make sure each stroke benefits your hair, and don’t worry about how many, or how few, you’re doing.

The aim is to get your hair feeling perfect.

Don’t Brush From the Roots

It seems logical to brush from the root of your hair to the tip.

However, if you do this, you’ll place additional stress on your hair follicles, potentially pulling them out unnecessarily.

Instead, brush an inch or two away from the end of your hair and comb out the small section while holding the hair above. This reduces the strain, allowing you to work up your hair in sections and ensure it’s knot-free.

This youtube video has great tips!

Don’t Rush

We’ve all been there, low on time, needing to get somewhere fast.

It can mean you tug at your hair to get it to do what you want it to.

However, this is counter-productive and will slow you down!

Take a breath, and approach your hair calmly using the right brush and the stroke described above.

It’s faster and better for your hair.

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