The lost art of brushing your hair - why the way you brush your hair matters

5 tips to get you brushing like a pro

 

  1. Brush your hair from the bottom up - this technique is an age old one but it’s a golden oldie and a great way to gently detangle your hair and only work upwards once each bottom section is smooth. Picture a classic Jane Austen character patiently having her hair brushed out. 

  2. Look for leave-in products as these often have detangling properties and will minimize knots in your hair, reducing the tugs to your hair fibre and providing a smoother glide for your comb and brush as well as heat protection and quicker drying time.

  3. Avoid brushes when detangling wet hair and switch to a wide toothed comb. This is pretty common advice, but many of us still ignore it. It will help reduce damage to your hair as you avoid stretching and breaking your hair while it is at its weakest. Make sure hair is towel-dried and not soaking wet. If your hair is curly, use your fingers only to detangle wet hair and loosely section and smooth through your curls.

  4. Create rough sections and brush each smaller segment in turn - especially important for thick hair, but equally helpful for fine hair as it enables greater control to be gentle.

  5. Invest in a high quality paddle brush which has soft bristles (ideally with natural fibres). As you work your way up from your ends to the scalp, you'll distribute the natural oils from your scalp throughout your hair as you work through each section. If you have fine or thinning hair and worry that brushing will reduce your hair fullness further by encouraging fallout then be reassured that if you're following these tips to brushing your hair, this won't happen. It's a natural part of the hair cycle for us to lose hair every day (between 50-120 hairs a day) and the good news is new ones are already in place to take their spot. Stimulating your scalp with a brush can work as a mini exfoliation which is a great way to increase microcirculation and maintain a healthy scalp. The Edwardian advice to brush your hair 100 times before bed is certainly founded on strong principles of distributing natural oils and therefore creating healthy, shiny hair.

 

5 top tips to get you brushing like a pro in brief: 

  1. Brush your hair from the bottom up
  2. Look for leave-in products
  3. Avoid brushes when detangling wet hair and switch to a wide toothed comb
  4. Create rough sections and brush each smaller segment in turn 
  5. Invest in a high quality paddle brush which has soft bristles (ideally with natural fibres)

Some other tricks which go in tandem with brushing are to wash your hair carefully and gently and look for products which will care for you hair from inside out (versus coating the hair to make it temporarily feel better).

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