Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Is it bad to brush your hair a lot

You most likely have heard that brushing your hair 100 times is beneficial. It's just common beauty wisdom, right? It will distribute the natural oils from your scalp to add shine to your hair. And you also most likely heard that it will stimulate blood flow to your scalp and boost hair growth. However, many stylist also say brushing causes friction on your hair and can lead to cuticle damage and breakage thus making your hair lusterless and frizzy. So which is it? And who is right?

Is it bad to brush your hair a lot?
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Is it bad to brush your hair a lot? Yes, many stylist agree that over brushing or over combing can cause more damage than good and may even prevent your hair from growing long. And here is why. Brushing your hair causes friction, and when overdone results in damage to the cuticles. The bristles pressure your hair as you comb through and thus results in damage to the cuticle. Too much brushing for long hair is particularly bad. As your hair grows longer, the ends get dry and are more likely to divide causing split ends and damage. Over brushing and friction helps this process along.

Brushing is bad

Yes, if you do it the wrong way.You could cause damage. And no if you do it the correct way. It then becomes beneficial. The trick is not to over do it and practice correct brushing methods.

How to minimize breakage?

If you brush and or comb the wrong way you could cause damage. Especially if you have long hair. The best way is to bend over and start at the nape of your neck and brush down to the ends. This takes the natural oil that is most abundant at the nape of your neck and spreads them down along the hair shaft to the end where its needed the most. For more on how to correctly brush your hair read my article on "What happens if you don't brush your hair" and make sure to watch the video at the end of post.

In addition, you can always use a leave conditioner to minimize friction and the dry condition. Apply a small amount to the end of your hair where it's the driest. For those of you who have short hair you are not going to experience this condition as your hair is not long enough. If you have real frizzy hair you should read my article called "What type of brush is best for frizzy hair" for 25 top brushes that will help. And also read "The best brush to avoid split ends".

Using the correct brush

So what happens if you use the wrong tool to style your hair? The answer is you could cause damage to your hair. You always want to match you hair type to the brush that is going to give you the best results. In the extreme case you could be damaging your hair and not even realize it. Here is a very good article I wrote "Are brushes bad for your hair" that will help you understand and answer the question. Another good article is "Are metal brushes bad for your hair". It's written primarily for men but the same principles apply to females too. So the bottom line is you always want to make sure you just don't grab any brush. For example if you have thin hair then a soft bristle brush is most likely going to be the best choice. You can read my article "Are soft bristle brushes better for your hair" to find out why.

I like this video from HSI on how to choose the right hairbrush. To visit their site go to HSI Professional. They do a great job of describing the different types of brushes and how to use each one. It's a quick video that gets right to the point and does not waste your time.

Is brushing a wet head a bad thing?

If you brush your hair while it's wet is that a bad thing? And the answer is yes if you are not doing it the correct way or using the wrong tools. For example, if you are using a boar bristle brush on soaking wet hair you could be causing a lot of damage. I go into a lot more details in my article "Should I comb my hair after washing it". I go over the right way to brush and great tips for how to handle wet hair. Just remember your hair is at it's most fragile point when it's wet and you should be very gentle if you have no choice but to brush it while it's wet.

7 hair tips and mistakes you need to know

  1. Shampoo - Be smart and do not over do it. Shampoo not only removes dirt but also removes your natural oil which protects your hair by keeping it from drying out. So don't over do it.
  2. Hair styles -  How you wear your hair could put stress on certain areas of your hair thus causing damage. For example, if you are wearing a rubber band in your hair everyday in the same place this could damage your hair in that spot. So the best advise is to switch hairstyles and rotate the placement of your pony to avoid damage.
  3. Conditioner - It's important because it adds moister back to your hair. It's especially needed on your ends to keep it from drying out and having split ends. Many folks say conditioner is designed to hydrate and nourish hair. I agree with the first part about hydrate but the nourish part I am not so sure about. What is there to nourish? Hair is dead. It's not like it's living and needs to be nourished. Dead hair is not going to eat, right!
  4. Towel wrapping - Most everyone is guilty of stepping out of the shower and immediately wrapping their hair in a towel. And when you take off the towel most folks will tend to give a vigorous rub to help dry. But did you know this could be harmful to your hair? And the reason why is the cotton fibers rough up the cuticle. And remember your hair is at it's weakest point when it's wet. The end result is often breakage. It's best to let naturally dry as much as possible or use something like a soft shirt instead of a cotton towel.
  5. Pillow case - Did you know that your pillowcase could cause damage to your hair? Well, you would have to be one of those to toss and turn a lot at night and use a cotton pillow case. As you move and your hair rubs against the pillowcase thus causing friction that eventually causes your hair to dry out. And of course this leads to tangles and then breakage. Granted, I believe before this could actually happen you would have to be spinning in your sleep like a washing machine. But to be on the safe side it's easy to switch to a stain or silk pillowcase that is smoother and causes less friction.
  6. Diet - To have healthy hair you need to be healthy. Make sure you are drinking enough water. As of this writing NAM recommends letting thirst guide your water consumption habits but set a volume of total daily water intake: 3.7 liters (15 cups) for the average adult male and 2.7 liters (11 cups) for the average adult female. A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and bright. What you eat can also prevent you from losing your hair. If you don't get certain nutrients from food, you might see negative effects according to WebMD.
  7. Aggressive brushing - Gentle brushing will be much better for your hair in the long run, especially if it is damaged and susceptible to breakage. All you really need to do is brush your hair until it looks good and is in the style you like then stop. No need to go overboard with brushing.


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