Hair is such an important part of our beauty routine. We look after it on a near-worship basis, don’t we? But whenever we are down with a hair problem – limpness, greasy hair or whatever, the next thing we do is either change our shampoos and hair styling products, or blow dry our hair or straighten it- whichever is convenient.
Although brushing our hair is as natural as brushing our teeth, it is not as straightforward as you think. Combing and brushing our hair the wrong way can lead to hair fall, hair breakage, split ends and more. That applies to long hair combing as well.
How we brush our hair could be a game-changer. Believe us!
What we need to know is a lot on hair combing: tips for proper hair comb. I will start with the negatives and then the positives in hair combing techniques. So that you know where the fault lies and how we can undo the stress on our tresses.
Correcting The WRONGS In Hair Combing
Next time you comb your hair, know the DONT’S first in hair combing style and combed hair:
1. Brushing your hair from the root to the tip:
You know what pulls the hair from the follicle and snaps it? When you start at the root and pull the hair down at the tip. The better option is to comb a few inches up from the bottom and taking out the tangles, then moving up a few inches, removing more tangles in the process and working up to the root in small sections.
2. Brushing your hair when WET:
Your mane is wet? And you can’t stop yourself from brushing or combing your hair? Hair breakage is likely to happen since the strands are likely to go weak. Let your hair air dry first before you start to detangle your hair.
3. Detangling hair with a paddle brush:
Whether dry or wet, a paddle brush is too hard to detangle hair. Before using a wide-tooth comb, it is advisable to apply a detangling product first. For fine hair, use a spray, for medium thick hair a lotion, and a cream for coarse or thick hair. The hair will get slippery and it will be easier for you to run the comb through your hair.
4. Excess of brushing:
If that’s your favourite pastime while sitting in front of the mirror, give it up. Over brushing of hair can lead to hair breakage. Focus on the quality of the brushing, not the number of strokes. Try to get the knots out of the way and you will be good to go. A wide-tooth comb is a far better option to try rather than a brush.
5. Wrong brush:
Sometimes the fault lies in the equipment. Natural boar bristle brushes are gentler on hair than the ones made with synthetic bristles. They also distribute your hair’s natural oils through the mid-lengths and ends.
6. Dirty brush:
Ugh! Just like you wash your makeup brushes, you should also wash your hair brush at least once a week. Why so? Because the bristles get clogged up due to stray hairs.
In order to wash the dirty brushes, remove any hair caught up in the bristles, then run the dirty brush under warm water. Add some shampoo (even hand wash will do) and work into the bristles, so that you get some foam. Now rinse off the brush completely and dry your hair with a towel.
7. Static with your brush:
When you are brushing your hair too often, it can lead to static from the friction. So before you brush, spritz some hairspray on the brush to control flyways. Alternatively, you can rub a few drops of hair oil between your fingertips and run it through your hair.
The RIGHTS In Hair Combing
Not everyone is born with silky and smooth tresses. To have and sport healthy hair, adequate nutrition is required. Your health needs to be fit and fine for it to show up in your hair – both in terms of quality and volume. Regular washing, use of hair oil (no, don’t run away from this vital thing) and proper combing are just a few points you need to focus on.
Some tips on hair combing techniques:
- When choosing the best comb, consider the nature of your hair – soft or hard, long or short, hair style and convenience.
- Put in a great amount of care and concentration while combing your hair. Or else, you could damage your hair.
- Vigorous combing when done in backward direction can be the cause of traction baldness.
- Comb hair 2 or 3 times a day, not more. Combing when done frequently can end up damaging the hair follicles and scalp.
- The tooth of the comb should not be sharp. Also, don’t press the comb too tightly on the scalp.
- Do not get into the habit of using other’s combs. This will help prevent bacterial and fungal infections.
- Go for WOODEN COMBS – they are gentle on your hair and scalp. They do not create static build up as wood does not conduct electricity. Plus wooden combs have a softer feel about them as compared to plastic and metal combs. Those of you who have sensitive scalps should ideally go for a good quality wooden comb. They give your scalp a good massaging effect and also distribute natural oil sebum from the scalp to the hair.
Tips From Hair Expert
How about hearing from hair experts on hair combing: tips for proper hair comb?
Says Charanya V to the Times of India:
“The most important tip to keep in mind is to never comb wet hair. Your hair is in a delicate state when it is wet. Hence, avoid combing in such condition as it leads to hair fall and hair breakage.”
In fact, Charanya recommends soaking your tresses with towel and letting them dry naturally. “Always use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to get knots out of each other”.
Applying a hair serum is a must to protect your mane – but that is to be done before combing your hair or using a hair brush. For that, you need to take a coin-sized amount of hair serum on your palm, spread it between your fingers and then apply it on your hair.
Charanya adds “Emphasize on the mid and end parts of your hair. Hair serum fortifies and supports your hair.”
Before combing your hair, divide your hair into smaller sections and then comb. Never run a comb randomly. It is better off dividing your hair in 2-3 sections and then detangling them gently with wide-tooth comb. This way the comb will help remove the knots from each and every strand.
Says Shrutha, a beauty and hair expert to the Times of India:
“Also, start combing from the bottom. Usually, women begin combing from the roots to the tip. But this causes intense damage as the knots are formed at the mid and end part of your mane. To prevent hair fall and hair breakage solve the knots from the mid part of your hair and then run a comb through scalp.”
She further adds that one must not get into the habit of combing one’s scalp to get naturally shiny hair. “Combing your hair is not enough as you need to brush your scalp to have healthy, strong and shiny mane. It stimulates blood circulation and promotes hair growth,” she says.
Hope you will now give hair combing: tips for proper hair comb a serious thought and change the way you comb your hair. Write in and tell us how you found this blog.