Since our primary years, and even before we set foot in our nursery schools, we have always been taught that brushing is important and is part of grooming and hygiene. Some would also say that 100 strokes of the brush every night before hitting the sack can give you beautiful hair. But did you know that it is a misconception and is considered excessive? According to dermatologists, overzealous brushing can cause exacerbated hair loss. Although it is normal to lose a few hair strands every day, if you begin noticing an increase in hair loss, bald spots and rapidly thinning hair, it is recommended that you book your dermatologist appointment ASAP.

In this article, we will talk about Why Brushing Your Hair Is Important and how to brush better according to your hair type.

Why Brush Your Hair?

Makes Hair Shiny

Brushing can help make your hair shiny as it flattens the cuticles. When this happens, the hair becomes more reflective. You may also use a brush to style hair and hair extensions while adding more volume.

Makes Hair Clean

Brushing can help rid dirt on hair and scalp. If your hair and installed hair extensions are like tape-in extensions, it can help remove old hair, chemical products and other build-ups. Keeping your hair and hair extensions clean helps discourage bacteria from building up and clogging your scalp pores and follicles.

Increase in Blood Circulation

Each time we brush our hair, the capillaries lying underneath the scalp are being massaged by the brush bristles. This process helps promote increased blood circulation and transports oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.

Hair Growth Stimulation

Aside from increasing blood circulation, it helps condition the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Brushing can also help strengthen the roots and diminish hair loss.

Sebum Production

Brushing can help stimulate the sebaceous glands found underneath our scalp. These glands produce a natural oil that helps nourish hair strands called sebum. Brushing helps these glands and distributes sebum from the base of the hair along the shaft. This makes hair strong, shiny, smooth and resilient to any styling.

If you notice your hair extensions Sydney brand sets, the hair extensions come in naturally shiny and smooth, right? However, since the extensions are no longer deeply rooted into our scalp, it is not recommended to wash it daily and use sulphate-containing hair products as the sebum, which is your hair extensions’ protective coating will be stripped off easily, leaving the hair extensions dry, frizzy and prone to breakage.

Brush Better…

Brushing is not just about grabbing a brush from your vanity table and stroking it on your hair. Knowing the type of hair you have is also important in helping brush your hair better.

Brushing Straight or Wavy Hair

  • Never brush your hair while it’s wet. The hair is at its most vulnerable when it’s wet and its texture becomes elastic. This state makes the hair more prone to breakage.
  • Avoid styling wet hair. Let it fully air dry first or use a cold setting hair blower.
  • We highly recommend using a wide-toothed comb while letting the hair conditioner absorb starting from the bottom, and working your way up to the roots.
  • Do not dry your hair by rubbing it on to your towel. That is too rough for your hair and can cause tangling. We recommend gently wringing out your hair using your hands or wrap your hair with your towel and squeeze the water out, no rubbing! Then air-dry your hair before styling.

Brushing Curly or Textured Hair

  • If this is your hair, we discourage combing your hair when it is dry. Yes, you read it right! Doing this will create more frizz. 
  • If you do not want to flatten your hair when brushing, try using a hair pick to keep it’s natural height and volume.
  • Need to untangle dry hair? Use your fingers while your hair is damp.
  • Use conditioner or anti-frizz hair products
  • Always brush gently by starting at the bottom, working your way up to the roots to avoid tugging and breakage.

Be Gentle

  • Avoid putting too much force when brushing your hair to avoid tugging.
  • Most hair requires two or three times a day brushing and only a few strokes.
  • Avoid excessive hair handling. Do not overwash, overbrush, over style and overuse hair products. Remember, anything is bad when done excessively.
  • Do not use excessive heat when styling or blow-drying your hair. Always use a cold or low setting and use heat protectant spray before applying heat to your hair.
  • If you are trying to untangle knots, use a detangling spray or a moisturising conditioner.

Use The Right Kind of Brush

  • Paddle Brush is a wide and flat brush that helps detangle and smoothes most hair types.
  • Round Barrel Brushes are generally used for styling and setting in a curl. If you have thin or short hair, go for a thinner barrel brush.
  • Natural-Bristle Brush is your all-around brush. It’s versatile, gentle and gives your hair a glossy smooth finish.
  • Rubber Cushioned Brush adjusts to your head’s contours.

Clean Up

  • It is important that you keep your brushes clean. Regularly remove hair from the brush and make sure to wash it at least once a month to rid oils, hair products, dust and other residues. If your brush is losing bristles, replace it.

If you need more helpful tips or got helpful tips you’d like to share, email us at info@hheo.com.au.