You're brushing your hair wrong. Avoid these 5 mistakes and protect your hair

It may not seem like it, but the way you brush your hair has an impact on its shape and health. You can cause a lot of damage if you don’t consciously take action.

1. 1. Using dirty brushes

The first mistake when brushing your hair is using a dirty brush for the job.

Think about what’s left on your brush after you’ve used it? You’ll find excess product and stray hair, both of which clog the bristles. In order to avoid this, remove the hair strands from the brush and run it under warm water with some hand wash or shampoo. Afterward, rinse it off and leave it to dry on a towel.

2. 2. Using the wrong brushes

Avoid further hair-brushing mistakes with different brushes to use for specific goals.

Choosing the right brush includes taking the task you’ll use it for into account. Detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb and a detangling product adequate for your hair thickness. Additionally, the material of the brush can make a big difference: natural boar bristle brushes work better than synthetic ones when it comes to taking care of your hair’s natural oils.

3. 3. Brushing wet hair

Brushing your hair while it’s wet is another mistake to avoid; wait until it’s dry.

Many people brush their hair as soon as they get out of the shower. However, at that point, the hair is moisturized and prone to stretches. In other words, it’s more likely to break because it’s weaker.

4. 4. Brushing from the root down

Your hair can easily be snapped out of its follicle if you mistakenly start brushing it from the root.

When you start brushing your hair from the root it increases the risks for the hair to be pulled out of the follicle. Instead, brushing from the tip of the hair to the top is much safer. Take out each tangle as you gently work your way from the bottom to the root.

5. 5. Overbrushing

Focus on getting rid of hair knots instead of overbrushing your hair can help you avoid hair-brushing mistakes.

The frequency by which you brush your hair should depend on the quality of each brushstroke. It’s not necessary to reach a specific number of strokes, but rather eliminate all knots and finish once you’re done. Brushing your hair excessively can make it more fragile and cause more breakage.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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