Your hair, just like makeup, can set the tone for your entire look. Thanks to endless styles of braids, and trends such as hair chalk, the possibilities to show off shiny, healthy locks are plentiful. But in order to gracefully wear bouncing curls or waterfall braids, you need to treat your tresses right. That means participating in a weekly hair mask to nourish dry, brittle hair and toning down your heat styling tool usage as not to perpetuate existing damage. It also means brushing your hair the proper way, especially when it’s wet.
Brushing while wet is a common bad hair habit, but you should never use a round brush or bristle flat brush on wet hair. In fact, you should never use any type of brush on wet hair. Using a brush immediately out of the shower will stretch your strands and cause breakage. Wet hair is weaker than when dry, so tugging at your locks to rid of tangles means you’ll be creating more split ends and break up the structure of your current cut. Instead of grabbing the brush you blow dry with, reach for a wide-toothed comb or pick and follow these steps:
- Using the t-shirt method, remove excess water from your hair.
- Apply a leave-in-conditioner like Yarok Feed Your Ends (it is all natural!) or Garnier Fructis Style Damage Eraser; or a hair oil like Orofluido Beauty Elixir to aid detangling, allowing the comb to smoothly run through your hair. A leave-in will also moisturize your locks. Selecting the right formula can protect against heat styling as well.
- Then, starting at the ends of your hair and working your way up, comb through your hair in short strokes. A little at a time until you can easily run the comb down the entire length of your hair. If you have thick hair, you can do this in two cycles – once with a large wide-tooth comb and once more with a fine-tooth comb with more teeth.
Try running your hands through your hair at this point to ensure all tangles are gone and then prep your hair for styling. Remember, while you blow dry, use your fingers to separate locks and help air flow. Once your hair is about 3/4 the way dry, then you can add a natural bristle brush to the routine to help close off hair cuticles and position your hair the way you like.
Have you been brushing your hair the wrong way? What hair bad habits do you have?