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Stylists share their tips on how to brush hair properly

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It takes a lot of special skills to brush your hair. Although it might seem like a simple task, there are many products and techniques that can help prevent frizz, breakage and split ends. Here are some tips to help you brush your hair without causing damage or pain. According to top stylists you should…

Pick the right brush

It is crucial to choose the right brush for your hair goals. If you do not, you will end up with knots and tangles. For example, a boar bristle hairbrush smoothes strands and lays down flyaways according to LeAna McKnight (celeb hairdresser and founder of SL Raw Virgin Hair). It shouldn’t be used on wet hair. Denman or paddle brushes are better for detangling but not as well suited to styling. The texture and strength of your hair will determine which brush you choose. Carolyn Aronson, CEO of It’s A 10 Haircare, says that thicker hair will need a stronger brush. She suggests that if your hair is very fine or breaks easily, you should use a soft bristle toothbrush.

Stick with a brushing regimen

Brittany Johnson is a licensed hairstylist who is also the senior content manager at Mayvenn. She says it’s crucial to have a plan in place for how to brush your hair. She explains that you should divide your hair into four sections, and then trim the rest. This will allow you to save time and effort as well as allowing you complete detangling. Micha Brown, celebrity hairstylist and owner Press and Curl Bar Salon recommends applying a styling oil or cream before you start to brush your hair to ensure moisture and minimize breakage. Start at the ends and work your way up. Johnson has seen people rush to their hair, which can lead to excessive breakage.

Over-brushing can cause shedding, breakage and thinning. Brown suggests that you avoid going days without combing your hair. Do not let your hair become matted or tangled.

Decide when you should brush: dry or wet?

Johnson says that hair brushing techniques can vary depending on the type of hair and the texture of the hair. For example, those with tighter curls or coils should avoid dry brushing. She suggests that you start with finger detangling and then move onto a wide-tooth or detangling comb.

Mcknight says that people with straighter hair or more relaxed hair should brush their hair only when it is dry. This is because fine hair is fragile and can be damaged easily.

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