Brushes and combs are a must-have styling tool when it comes to our hair. But did you know that using the wrong type of brush or an incorrect brushing technique – yes there is such a thing – can cause damage to your hair and scalp.
Just so we don’t sound like lunatics, we will first clear up the incorrect brushing technique! Vigorous brushing, rough handling and tearing through the hair like a maniac can damage the hairs’ cuticle causing breakage. Constant rough handling can pull out your delicate strands, whilst a harsh bristle and sharp edges will cause damage to your scalp. See, we know what we’re talking about after all!
It’s all in the bristles. Choose a brush with either widely spaced plastic bristles – plastic is smoother and kinder to your hair – or Nylon bristles, such as ghd’s classic grooming brush. This brush is designed to smooth and add polish to the hair, distributing the hairs’ natural oils along the hair shaft adding shine and lustre with each stroke.
When it comes to combs, the best material to look for is Vulcanite, which is not something out of Jurassic Park, but a type of hard rubber. Anything metal and cheap plastic we wouldn’t recommend, as the sharp edges can damage individual strands and weaken the overall structure of the hair.
Brush it right
- Be gentle!
- Be gentle again – especially when it comes to wet hair. To avoid breakage when the hair is wet, we recommend using a comb rather than a brush to remove tangles after washing.
- Brush and detangle from the bottom up.
- If your hair is very knotty, use a detangling spray to help make your job easier. We love R+Co Pinstripe Intense Detangling Spray.
- If heat styling, don’t pull on the hair too much, as this can cause damage.
Keep it clean
Care for your hairbrushes the same way you do your makeup brushes. Hairbrushes can collect a lot of dirt, so it’s important to clean them regularly. Use some warm water, a small amount of washing-up liquid and some antiseptic lotion and dip your brushes in the solution. Rinse with warm water and voila, clean hair tools!
For the perfect hair care tools we recommend ghd, they have a huge range of brushes and combs specially designed to care for your hair. Their new oval dressing brush we guarantee will become your new BFF, just like it has done for our office troll!