While reviewing different hair products, masks, oils, etc, I must have mentioned my hair is long. Unfortunately long hair is tricky in washing and styling. Detangling is probably the most challenging, though. It’s good to know some tricks that make the task easier.
Dry vs Wet. When to Comb Hair?
The key question asked by many women is: should you comb your hair when it’s dry or wet?
I definitely belong to the fans of combing dry hair and I actually brush it out before washing and conditioning. This is a tip from professional hairdressers. Wet hair is much weaker and easier to destroy. Water opens up cuticles so hair’s more exposed to mechanical injuries. If you care for hair health, brush it when it’s dry.
Note! There’s an exception: if you comb curly hair when it’s dry, you are very likely to end up with frizzy strands. Naturally curly hair should be combed when it’s damp.
What to use for combing hair? Round up of accessories
The choice of accessories is another thing that bothers girls fighting with tangles and frizz. The wide range of possibilities, brushes, combs, kinds of material that accessories are made from. How to make the best choice?
Here are the most popular options:
- wooden or bamboo comb is best for brushing wet/damp hair, spreading a conditioner, and brushing curly hair which doesn’t go with thick-bristle brushes. A wooden wide-tooth comb is very useful. It’s saved me many times!
- Tangle Teezer-like brush: I use the word “like” on purpose because you don’t need to get it from one brand; make sure your brush has long and flexible teeth because this type easily detangles without pulling and handles the hardest-to-detangle knots.
- Ordinary hairbrush: the truth is that most of us have or had a plastic or metal hairbrush with spiky-ended teeth. This type is fine provided that your hair is problem-free: very thick and free from tangles. In most cases, other accessories work better.
- Natural bristle brush: a perfect pick for fine, brittle hair. Natural bristle (mostly boar bristle) brush is thick so it effortlessly combs fine hair and additionally strengthens the hair because it gives some of its keratin to the hair. Wooden comb and boar-bristle brush are the two accessories I can’t do without.
Technique of hair brushing? It does matter!
A correct way of combing hair has a great importance but very few people realize that.
Not pulling the hair is the key thing to remember. Brushing tangled hair at a push means pulling some hairs out. Combing it section by section slowly and gently is more hair-friendly.
If your hair is extremely tangled, you may try combining it with a tip of your hairbrush. I learnt this trick from some hair tutorial and use it very often. Fewer teeth means your hairbrush is less likely to end up stuck in. Give it a go! It really works!
Can you not brush the hair at all?!
You’ll be taken aback. Some curl types – like kinky hair – should not be brushed too often; actually, running fingers through the hair will do. In such cases a brush is needless but generally most hair types need combing on a regular basis.