Your combing routine may resemble a struggle: you struggle to comb hair out without pulled out or broken strands. What can you do when your brush doesn’t glide smoothly across the hair? Pick up some tricks for easier combing without pulling, tugging, and naturally without pain.
Keep reading for a brief guide to brush hair without damage. You will learn to choose accessories, helpful products, and the best technique for brushing the hair. Let’s do it!
What accessories to use to avoid hair damage?
Accessories are critical when it comes to hair brushing routine. The choice of a brush or comb does matter. We should match it to the type of hair, texture, length, and porosity. Unfortunately, most people don’t do that and that’s why combing turns into a nightmare.
If you want to easily comb your hair out, you need to match the accessories to your hair. A cheatsheet should come in useful:
- wooden comb or wide-tooth brush for thick hair
- only wooden comb (like Neem tree comb) for curls
- any type of brush (except for plastic) for normal hair
- thick boar bristle brush for fine hair
Anti-static ionic dryers may be helpful, making hair much smoother and easier to work with. On the other hand, this option doesn’t work for curls which require brushing before drying.
Coming to rescue: leave-in conditioner
Products you apply after washing matter too. They either make your hair easy to comb or, the other way round, dry, dull and coarse.
A conditioner is a basic product that eases brushing and styling. Ideally pick leave-in conditioner that you can spray on washed and delicately towel-dried hair to treat it to some hair-friendly silicones. They make the hair surface smooth so you can avoid tangles and your brush glides smoothly through the strands. So, if you want to brush hair without pain, a conditioner – for example based on liquid silk – is essential.
Smoothing hair oils for easier combing
Oils can make brushing easier too. Not just readymade blends of oils (if you get them, make sure the formulas are free from alcohols, parabens, phthalates or PEG-s). You can make use of pure organic oils: argan, grapeseed, jojoba, macadamia or almond oil. Actually, most oils make combing easy because they add smoothness to each and every hair. Apply them before washing or after washing (in this case use them sparingly to avoid overburdening).
Other cosmetics for easy combing
If you haven’t got a conditioner on you and hair oils aren’t your thing, there are other products to try. You can make hair easier to brush with:
- liquid silk (drop rubbed between the hands is enough)
- silicone hair serum e.g. spray-on serum
Your brushing technique is important too!
Don’t forget that – apart from accessories and hair products – the technique of brushing matters a lot. How should you brush your hair then?
Surprisingly, it is not so simple. Hair experts point out that brushing hurriedly and over-enthusiastically is the biggest mistake. We want to brush all hair at once while the safest and most effective technique involves brushing the hair section by section (start above the neck and move upwards). Don’t do it at a push, don’t pull the hair. If a brush gets stuck, use just the tip of it or divide the hair into smaller sections.