Regardless of your strand type, we all share one commonality: the need to brush our hair. But did you know that something seemingly so simple is frequently done wrong? We wanted to get to the bottom of this, so we reached out to Annette Crone, the founder of ForBabs X-Static anti-static hairbrush. Below, Annette breaks down the biggest hair brushing mistakes you’re likely making and how to fix them.
Being Rough on Wet Hair
“Wet locks are more fragile than when your strands are dry, so be extra gentle when brushing wet hair,” Annette says. “When brushing wet hair, use a wide-tooth comb and slow down when brushing.” Also, be sure to apply a leave-in conditioner to your strands beforehand. This will provide the necessary slip to comb through your tresses without causing tangles.
Brushing Tangles in Large Quantities
When our strands get tangled, we tend to get a little rough. We just want them gone, so we brush everything through all at once. But, that’s not really doing us any favors. “Always brush through tangles in small sections,” Annette says. “Start from the bottom and work your way up to your scalp.”
Brushing Too Frequently
Turns out, we don’t need to brush our locks all that often. “Do not over-brush,” Annette advises. “Over-brushing can lead to damage. Experts have learned that brushing your strands 100 times per day does not make your hair shinier.” Consider that myth debunked.
Brushing When It’s Unnecessary
Sometimes a brush isn’t necessary, especially depending on your hair type. “If you have gorgeous thick curly hair, no brush needed,” Annette says. “Running your fingers through your hair is the best tool. Once your curls are dry, do not brush. Brushing will separate your perfectly formed curls and you’ll be left with a head full of frizz.”
Not Cleaning Your Brush Enough
“Clean your brush regularly,” Annette recommends. “Your brush is a magnet that holds onto dust, oil, and every product you use on your hair. If your brush is dirty, you simply brush the yuck right back in your hair.” We don’t want to do that, do we?
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