The best part about showering? Clean hair. The downside of getting clean is maneuvering a tangled mane, especially a brittle one. Any time your brush hits a knot, it means mayhem for your hair’s health. But there is a safe way to brush wet hair (even if it’s damaged), we learned from Australian doyen of hair Renya Xydis, who runs three leading salons, travels the globe to pepper fashion shows with her riveting artistry, and teaches educational hair workshops. With over thirty years of doing the most when it comes to manes, it’s safe to say the girl’s a quadruple-certified hair guru. Keep reading for Renya’s advice on how to brush wet hair without causing more damage, and her favorite tools to get the job safely done.
Wet Hair = Weak Hair
When hair is wet, the water weakens the bonds within the strands of the hair, taking away one third of its strength. Wet hair becomes more vulnerable to damage because it lacks strength. When you brush hair you’re technically putting the strands under stress.
Brush This Way
The correct way to brush wet hair is to use an absorbent towel and remove as much moisture as possible, then let your hair air dry for a minimum of five minutes. As your hair starts to dry, the weak bonds are re-establishing themselves. The next step is to use the correct brush. I recommend the Jäneke gold-plated Original Super Brush–in over thirty years of experience I have never seen a brush that detangles wet hair like this one does. Begin brushing at the bottom and work your way up to avoid tangles, which only cause more damage.
Use Pre-Brush Protection
The best oil for hair hands down is Wella Luxe Reconstructive Oil, a non-greasy, lightweight oil. It has three times more keratin protection for long-lasting smoothness and can be used on wet or dry hair before drying or blow drying.
If you have dry, coarse, or tightly curled and coiled hair, do wet detangling only when the hair is laden with a slippery leave-in conditioner. Wella Elements Conditioning Leave-In Spray is great for this as it’s light weight and renews hair moisture while it dries.