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We all think that we know exactly how to brush our hair in the right way. After all, it’s pretty simple, right? As long as you don’t pull as hard as your mum used to on school mornings, you can’t go too far wrong. The truth, however, is a little different. Every day, millions of women are making basic, but very damaging, mistakes with their brushing routine and in the weeks leading up to autumn, it’s really important that haircare regimes start to offer some protection from the colder weather.
So, we’re going to take a look at some of the most common hair brushing faux pas and tell you how to avoid them. The good news is that these lessons are simple. The trick is remembering and sticking to them, even when you’re in a hurry to get to work. For shiny, healthy, vital tresses, a little love and care is essential.
Brush Your Hair Upwards
Now, this is a little trick that surprisingly few ladies are aware of, but it can do wonders for the strength of your hair. Rather than brushing downwards, from root to ends, as is traditional, try it the other way around. By moving slowly upwards, in small sections, you put less strain on the hair and it is less likely to snap. All you have to do is work out tangles at the ends, then move up and do the same for a small section above this. Repeat until you reach the top.
Never Brush When Wet
This is a cardinal rule, but so many of us continue to break it. When the hair is wet, the fibres fill with moisture and they stretch. The extra tension means that they’re at greater risk of snapping and causing split ends. So, adding a brush to this already fragile state is a recipe for follicular disaster. Yes, it can be tempting to drag a hairbrush or a comb through tresses when they’re pliable and manageable, but your locks won’t thank you for it.
Use a Wide Toothed Comb for Tangles
On those mornings when you get out of bed and you look like Tina Turner, don’t automatically reach for the trusty paddle brush. For very knotty hair, a wide toothed comb is a much gentler option. The more spaced apart the teeth, the more broadly the pressure is spread and you won’t be straining small sections and snapping individual hairs. Also, applying a styling spray or lotion before brushing is one way to make sure that the hair reacts appropriately.
The myth about brushing your hair for ‘100 strokes’ is a very old one and it doesn’t have any basis in any kind of truth really. In fact, brushing for this long will probably cause a lot more damage than it prevents. Focus on the quality of your brushing and not the quality if you want hair that shines and looks vital all the time. Once the knots and tangles are gone, you’re done. You don’t need to keep brushing after this point.
Wash Your Brush Regularly
It always amazes us to see how rarely most girls wash their hairbrushes. Yet, every day, you’re coating them with product and bits of dirt and grime – of course they’re going to get dirty. If you don’t want to end up reapplying that grime every single morning, give your hairbrush a wash at least once every fortnight. All you have to do is remove any leftover hairs and work a little shampoo into the bristles. Scrub gently, rinse, and then leave somewhere safe to dry.
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