You never thought about this much before, but the stakes are higher now. Do I need to brush? What kind of brush? How do I brush, and how often? We have answers.
If you have super-curly hair, braids or dreadlocks you’re not going to be brushing much or maybe ever. For most other hair types, here’s what you need to know:
Yes or No?
Yes. Brushing detangles and helps keep your mane neat and orderly. Even if you don’t care about those things it’s good for your hair and scalp to brush occasionally. It helps distribute the natural oil sebum your scalp produces through to the ends of your hair. Brushing properly also massages the scalp, promoting blood flow and stimulating hair follicles. And who doesn’t want stimulated hair follicles?
You might hear about “boar bristle” brushes. There’s a lot of hype around these, but they actually create friction with hair strands and cause more damage than plastic bristles. You want to reduce the friction and stress on your hair while brushing or combing.
A brush with ball-tipped plastic bristles is the way to go. A wide-toothed comb is also essential to have in your quiver for when your hair is wet.
You want to brush regularly but not more than necessary. Every time you brush you leave some of your hair in the brush. Some is already dead and it’s good to clear out, but some is broken off and some ripped out. That’s damage, no good. Once a day is plenty.
Now you know.
Anything to add? Comments would be a perfect place for that.