Brushing is a key component in grooming and hygiene, and is good for your hair - but only in moderation.
Why it's important to Brush?
Gently brushing your hair will make it shine by flattening the cuticles (the outer layer of the hair shaft), which causes the hair to be more reflective. Styling with a brush also helps to add volume to flat hair.
Brushing cleans the hair and scalp. It removes old hair, dead skin cells, chemical products and other deposits. Otherwise, these can encourage bacteria and clog the scalp’s pores and follicles.
Brushing stimulates the capillaries of the scalp, increasing blood circulation and the transport of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. This is an easy method of encouraging stronger growth, even strengthening the roots and diminishing hair loss.
If you have straight or wavy hair, you should never brush your hair while it’s wet. Wet hair is weak, elastic and vulnerable to breakage. Try to style and handle wet hair as little as possible. If you must, use a wide-toothed comb while the hair still has conditioner in it, starting from the bottom and working gently up to the roots.
Don’t tousle your hair with a towel – this is too rough and tangles the hair. Rather slowly wring out your hair, using your hands. Then air-dry, or wrap your hair in a towel. Wait until it’s almost dry before styling it.
People with curly or textured hair, on the other hand, shouldn’t brush their hair when it’s dry – this will just create frizz. Tightly curled hair isn’t as weakened by moisture, and can be untangled and styled while damp, using a brush, comb or fingers. Use a hair pick if you don’t want to flatten down your curls.If you really need to untangle dry hair, comb with damp fingers.Use conditioner or anti-frizz hair products.
Be clean & gentle.
When brushing or styling your hair, try to avoid brushing it vigorously. Most hairstyles only need about two or three brush sessions a day consisting a just a few strokes. Go easy when using blow-dryers and heat irons as excessive heat can severely damage your hair. It's also important, for hygienic reasons, to keep your brush clean! Regularly remove hair from the brush and wash it at least once a month to remove oils, hair products, dust and other residue that you don’t want to transfer back to your head. Use warm water and a little shampoo; or soak in baking soda dissolved in water, before rinsing thoroughly. An old toothbrush is helpful for scrubbing between bristles. Replace your brush if it’s losing bristles.
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