The types of brushes we use and, more importantly, how we actually use these hairbrushes can have a significant impact on the overall condition, thickness and health of our hair. With a range of different options, including detangling brushes, boar bristle brushes, wet hairbrushes, scalp massagers, round brushes and other styling brushes, it can be difficult to know what’s best for your hair type. Each type of brush has its own purposes and benefits that meet our individual and specific needs. But regardless of your hair type, detangling and removing knots is a vital part of all haircare routines. No one wants to experience matted hair or thin, damaged hair with lots of breakage. So, let’s talk about everything you need to know about experiencing your best results with the right detangling brush so you can avoid and prevent damage that is so often caused when we incorrectly or aggressively brush our hair without taking the proper care.
Take a close look at the bristles on your brush
With an endless number of sizes, shapes and styles of hairbrushes, there is also a range of unique bristle types. Although the greatest damage can be used by how we use our brushes, the bristles themselves can also play a role in the condition of our hair. In order to detangle any hair type, you want to invest in a detangling hairbrush with bristles that are spaced widely apart. You also want these bristles to be firm while still being flexible. Using a brush like this will allow your hair to glide more easily and detangle your knots without the aggressive pulling and tearing that can lead to breakage and unhealthy hair. Our Sozo Detangling Brush has been specifically designed to glide and easily detangle all hair types while still being gentle and flexible on the scalp and hair.
How to use your brush to avoid breakage and damage
Regardless of which type of brush you use, it’s important to pay close attention to how you brush, especially when trying to remove knots. Wet hair, in particular, is known to be more fragile and prone to breakage, but you must also be gentle and careful when your hair is dry in order to avoid damage.
The most important tip to always remember is that you must start brushing your ends first, then work your way up to your roots. This is particularly effective when you’re trying to detangle knots or matted hair. You do not want to start brushing from your roots then pull your brush through the knots, often tearing your hair.
When your hair is particularly matted, it’s also vital to only brush one small section of your hair at time before moving onto another section. Don’t try to brush all of your hair in one attempt. Separating the hair and brushing small sections will allow you to work out and detangle knots easily without breakage, plus it will be less painful.
If you are brushing wet hair after showering, take some time to first allow your hair to dry naturally or use a hair towel like our Bamboo Microfibre Hair Towel to absorb the excess water from your hair in order to prevent as much breakage as possible. As we already know, wet hair is more fragile, making us more prone to breakage when consistently brushing before drying off our hair.
Although many may not realise it, breakage can also commonly occur when brushing unclean hair, meaning you have a build up of products like dry shampoo or hairspray. These types of leave-in, styling products can make the hair feel coarse, which means it can be more difficult to easily glide your brush through your hair. Plus, these products can also make your hair more fragile and brittle, increasing the potential for breakage when trying to pull your brush through matted or stiff hair. So, you must always be aware of any product build up in your hair before brushing and take extra care to avoid aggressive pulling.
Cleaning your brush
Speaking of hair products, it’s also essential to clean your hairbrushes regularly to avoid a build up from forming on your brush. Who wants to wash they hair and enjoy a clean scalp only to immediately use a brush that is full of build up? One of the quickest and easiest ways to clean it is to remove any loose hair from your brush after ever use. Immediately removing the hair can help to prevent a build up from forming in the first place. Shampooing, rinsing and allowing your brush to dry is also an effective way to regularly clean your hairbrush and experience your best results. Not only is cleaning your brush important for your scalp health but it will also help to keep your brush in better condition long term.
Using your brush to massage your scalp
Regular scalp massages are known to help increase the blood flow and circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, ultimately helping to support hair growth. This means that scalp massages should be a part of your consistent haircare routine if you want to experience your healthiest scalp and hair. Of course, you can massage your scalp with your hands, specifically your fingertips. However, if you’re looking for an easier and more effortless way to massage your scalp, this is where your detangling brush can also be used. With a brush like our Sozo Detangling Hairbrush that is firm while also being flexible, you can massage your scalp gently to stimulate blood flow. But it’s very important that you use your brush very gently, moving it in small circulation motions on your scalp to avoid any breakage, pulling or damage. Not all hairbrushes are appropriate for this as many can knot the hair or cause breakage, but with the right detangling brush, you can massage your scalp and enjoy the benefits of thick, healthy hair.
When you invest in the right brush for your hair, like our Sozo Detangling Hairbrush, you can experience easier detangling, less pain and breakage and, overall, healthier hair. Brushing and caring for your hair involves not only choosing the right brush but also being intentional with how you use the brush itself and how often you clean it. We can cause unnecessary damage and breakage when we don’t take the proper care, but when keeping all of this in mind, you can enjoy your healthiest scalp and hair.