How to Comb Hair Correctly
Combing hair oftentimes looks like a simple process, however, in reality, this procedure has its nuances.
5-Minute Crafts is telling you about the importance of combing as well as how it affects our hair.
Why comb it
Our hair needs regular combing for several reasons.
- Natural shine: Hair follicles contain sebaceous glands that produce natural oils. Combing it helps to evenly distribute these oils from roots to ends, which will give the strands a natural shine.
- Stimulation of the scalp: Gentle combing helps stimulate the scalp, as well as blood flow and hair growth.
- Natural hair removal: We normally lose anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs a day, and combing can help us with this. It helps remove the hairs that are on the edge of falling out.
Combing as much as necessary
There is a popular myth that says we need to stroke our hair with a comb or brush no less than 100 times. In fact, combing too frequently can lead to hair damage.
Too much combing can cause damage to the cuticles, causing the hair to lose its natural shine.
That’s why when combing or brushing your hair, make sure not to overdo it and do it as many times as necessary for untangling the hair and making it smooth.
Wet hair is weaker than dry hair, and brushing it is quite a rough action.
However, there are alternatives that can help you comb wet hair safely.
- Never comb or brush very wet hair. Let it dry for at least 5-10 minutes. Wet hair is very fragile, especially if it has been dyed or damaged in the past. When combing wet hair, you run the risk of breaking a large number of hairs.
- Use your fingers. Instead of using a comb, run your fingers through your hair. It will help you untangle the hair and get it ready for further styling without damaging it.
- Use special products. Before you start to comb hair, untangle it. Special creams and serums that not only soften the hair but also make it smoother will help you do it.
Combing depending on the type of hair you have
The principles of correct combing depend on the type of hair you have.
- Fine and straight hair: It’s important to find a soft brush for such hair. The comb should have soft and flexible bristles, which will ensure that the hairs don’t tangle or break. Be sure to comb your hair only when it’s dry. Also, make sure to comb your hair starting from the ends. This way, you can avoid tangling your hair.
- Thick hair: It’s also best to comb or brush thick hair when it’s dry. If your hair is prone to get tangled, comb it when it’s wet with your fingers, and then when it gets dry, comb it again, moving from bottom to top.
- Curly hair: Curly hair should be combed only when wet. If it seems to you that your hair needs more moisture, use moisturizing creams or a leave-in conditioner. This type of hair should be combed from the bottom up as well because it reduces the risk of hair loss. Combing should be even, otherwise, some curls will look less tight than others.
Take care of your brush/comb
Keeping the brush or comb clean is a universal rule for good-quality combing.
The comb or brush collects all the things that you brush out of your hair every day. And if you don’t take care of it, sooner or later, this dirt will migrate back to your hair.
Set a rule to clean your brush or comb every 2 weeks. In order to clean the brush, immerse it into a solution of water and shampoo for several minutes and then remove all the hair from it. A wooden comb shouldn’t be left in the water for a long time as not to damage it.