How Often You Should Brush Your Hair, According to Beauty Experts
Brushing your hair isn’t exactly rocket science, but doing it incorrectly can actually damage your tresses and cause even more tangles and split ends. Turns out, there is a wrong and a right way to detangle your strands, and it all comes down to your hair’s texture.
Here at Bright Side, we know that the most simple and basic beauty rituals can be the trickiest. With this in mind, we did some research to learn how often you should be combing your hair depending on its type. And don’t forget to check out the bonus at the end of the article to find out why less is more when it comes to hair brushing.
1. You have curly or textured hair.
If you have curly or coiled hair, you know that detangling those knots is no fun. Luckily, you don’t have to do it several times a day or even every day. If you’ve been blessed with naturally wavy hair, you only need to run a brush through it every few days, and if you’re proudly embracing your textured hair, you can brush it once a week or even every other week to avoid damaging your curls.
2. You have long or dry hair.
Long hair surely looks gorgeous and can easily turn heads, but taking care of it is a full-time job. Apart from shampoos, hair masks, and conditioners you’ll need a comb, a styling brush, and a detangling brush to keep your locks knot-free. If your hair is long or overly dry, it’s recommended to brush it 3 times a day to prevent tangles and to stimulate the production of natural oil that helps your tresses stay naturally nourished.
3. Your hair is damaged or thinning.
If your hair is thinning and prone to breakage, that means you’ll need a gentler approach to brushing it. Detangling thinning hair too vigorously can chip away at your hair’s protective cuticle layer, which will make it even more vulnerable to damage. To prevent breakage, start gently brushing your hair at the ends and work your way up toward the roots, to prevent knots and tangles.
4. You just got out of the shower.
While it may seem tempting to quickly run a comb through your wet hair to help it dry faster, doing so can actually damage your tresses. Hair is most fragile when it’s damp, and brushing it carefully is key if you want your locks to stay shiny and healthy for longer. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your wet hair, and never force it through your strands to avoid hair breakage and damage.
Bonus: What happens if you brush your hair too much.
Brushing your hair has many impressive benefits if you do it the right way, and it’s hard to believe that there is such a thing as too much hair brushing. But using a comb too often can actually cause breakage and damage your hair, which in turn might lead to hair loss. When it comes to hair brushing, it’s better to not overdo it, using gentle brushstrokes to help your hair remain healthy and silky.
How many times a day do you brush your hair? Do you think it’s better to comb it less or more often?