If you’re suffering from hair loss you might think that brushing your hair is a bad thing. And that’s totally understandable because you might be worried about all the hair you see in the brush. Or if pulling on it too much will cause more to fall out. However, brushing your hair is actually very important.
Can It Cause Damage?
It’s normal for us to lose between 50 to 100 strands a day. The hair we usually see stuck in our brushes are strands that have already been shed. Of course, tension and pulling on our hair can weaken and break our hair. But that’s usually not caused by brushing as long as you use the right brush and technique.
Why Brushing Your Hair is Good
When we brush our hair it distributes the natural oils from our scalp and stimulates blood flow. The oils are good because they help moisturize our hair and contain nutrients that make our hair thicker and stronger. The brush also massages our scalp which increases blood flow. Good blood flow allows plenty of oxygen and nutrients to reach our hair follicles, leading to healthy hair growth.
How to Brush Your Hair Properly
Most importantly, using the right kind of brush is key. If you’re using one of those detangler brushes with the little plastic balls on the end, get rid of it! Those are terrible for your hair because it can get wrapped around the plastic balls and pulled out.
Boar bristle brushes are great for all hair types. They are much gentler on your hair and are better at distributing the oils. If you have curly hair, a wide-tooth comb is good for detangling and getting rid of knots.
As you brush you shouldn’t start at the root and go all the way to the tips. That causes too much pulling. Instead, you should start at the tips, hold your hair above the part you are brushing, and work your way up.
You also shouldn’t brush your hair when it’s wet. When your hair is wet it’s weaker and more likely to break or get pulled out as you brush it. It’s the same reason why you wouldn’t want to use heating tools when your hair is wet. You should let your hair air dry until it’s only slightly damp and then you can try brushing.
Even if you suffer from hair loss you should definitely brush your hair. Your hair loss is most likely being caused by something else. Luckily, the Shapiro MD Natural Kit can help you with any of your hair loss problems! Our triple-action, all natural formula has already helped tens of thousands of people achieve thicker and healthier looking hair.