Look, it’s trivial we know, but are you brushing your hair correctly?
We’re sure your answer is, “Well yeah! How hard is it to pick up a brush and use it GSG?” But please bear with us, as there is a legit science to this. Brushing your hair wrong can cause damage to it and leave you with a mass of tangles you just don’t need. But with the right brush, and our expert knowledge, your hair will be forever soft, strong and shiny.
Round brushes are what you want to use for styling only, not detangling! For brushing after washing and general everyday use, get yourself a paddle brush such as R+Co’s Detangling Brush, which is great for smoothing and detangling the hair while still remaining gentle on the scalp (RRP £23.00).
For styling and drying, go for R+Co’s handcrafted wooden brushes with natural boar bristles. This type of brush will help to create the perfect blow-dry, leaving you with soft, shiny hair (RRP £60.00 +)
Tease it right
Backcombing can cause damage when done with the wrong tool. For backcombing, invest in a proper backcomb brush, such as the Hairshark Pro Backcomber (RRP £24.99).
For the ultimate in volume, use dry shampoo at the roots, and then starting halfway down the length of your hair, use the Hairshark to apply firm strokes towards your scalp. Continue until there is a cushion of hair at the base of your scalp, and then spray with hairspray for hold.
Comb it through
Combs should be used for one thing and one thing only – to detangle. R+Co’s Comb is great for detangling hair after washing, and its fine yet strong teeth are gentle enough to not cause breakage.
You’re going the wrong way
The correct way of brushing your hair when it’s dry is to work from the ends up. Start a few inches from the bottom of your hair and brush downwards, moving closer to your scalp only when you have taken care of all the tangles in the section you are currently working on. Brushing the hair downwards in one long sweep is guaranteed to cause your brush to snag on tangles, increasing your odds of breakage.
Keep it in condition
Hair is more fragile and prone to breakage when it is wet – so it needs a little extra TLC after washing. When washing hair, only partially rinse out your conditioner so that some of it remains for when you comb your hair out. This will help to completely detangle your hair so it’s soft and malleable. A good leave-in conditioner will also do the trick here.