Many of us were raised to think that the more often you brush your hair, the glossier and sleeker it’ll be. But not only is that a myth, it’s also not a great ethos to follow for any hair type.
True: Brushing your hair in between washes can be a part of a good hair care routine—the action of brushing helps to distribute the hair’s natural oils from the roots down to the ends. And yet, brushing your hair too often may leave your strands weakened, damaged, and more prone to split ends.
So how often should you brush your hair, exactly? Is the time of day a factor? How about your hair type? Don’t panic. Our guide has the answers you need, plus some great hair brushing tips and tricks.
A Few Hair Brushing Basics
The Wet Brush range has something for every hair need, and we’re going to break down the best approach to dry brushing hair that’s long or straight, thick versus thin, curly, and textured.
Before we do, though, it’s worth outlining a number of hair brushing principles that suit every style.
- Find a sturdy, good-quality brush with bristles suitable for your specific hair type.
- Divide your hair into at least two different sections before you begin to brush (claw clips are great to keep the sections separate from each other.)
- Start mid-hair and work your way down to the ends, as opposed to starting straight from the roots.
- Always brush slowly and gently, even if your hair is not particularly tangled up and you feel like you could go faster to get it done more quickly!
Now, let’s find out how often (and how) to brush different hair types for maximum results.
How Often to Brush Long, Straight, Thick Hair
Those with long, luscious strands of thick hair can keep tangles at bay by brushing up to three times daily—especially first thing in the morning, before going to bed, and after exercising. This will also stimulate natural oil production, giving your tresses a gorgeous, glossy finish.
Your Best Brush Friends Are…
Long, straight, thick hair can easily manage a medium- or large-sized paddle or oval brush. If you are comfortable with an extra-large head, then try that out as well!
In general, it’s best if you choose a brush with a rubber cushion, as this will help to decrease any static build-up.
If your hair is very thick—and therefore prone to knotting—look for nylon bristles. Nylon is a synthetic fabric, but don’t let this put you off, as it’s totally safe and good for your locks thanks to the bristle flexibility and greater range of movement that it allows.
For styling, choose a Wet Brush with nylon bristles and HeatFlex® technology, which can withstand temperatures of up to 450 degrees—meaning it works great if you are brushing your hair while blow-drying it at the same time.
How Often to Brush Thin Hair
If your hair is straight but fine, you should still brush it, only less frequently. Thinner hair (especially if it’s also short or medium in length) is less likely to get knotty, which makes brushing a less frequent part of your hair care routine.
People with this hair type should brush first thing in the morning and, if they find that their hair has gotten knottier throughout the day, give it a few more gentle strokes in the evening.
Your Best Brush Friends Are…
Fine hair is best cared for with a brush that’s specifically designed with fewer bristles which allows you to effortlessly glide through your strands to unlock health and natural shine.
How Often to Brush Curly and Textured Hair
Are you the proud owner of a head full of curls, texture, and volume? If so, you can leave dry brushing to your straight-haired friends and opt for very gentle brushing when your hair is wet and conditioned.
Your Best Brush Friends Are:
In this case, your best brush friend is definitely a detangler (Enter: Wet Brush). We have detangling brushes, combs, treatment tools designed specifically for curly hair .
With a detangler, you can delicately yet effectively get rid of hair knots and tangles without damaging your curls or waves. You’ll also avoid creating frizz or disrupting the beautiful, natural pattern of your curls.
Brush Hair with the Right Frequency and the Right Tools
Knowing exactly when and how to brush your hair requires you to know your hair type.
- Straight, thick hair should be brushed more frequently every day, as it tends to get knottier more often.
- Thinner and shorter hair can cope with one to two (maximum!) brushing sessions a day
- Curly or textured hair should only be brushed in the shower and using a specific detangler.
At Wet Brush, we have the perfect brush for every hair type. Check out the collection to find your best brush friend, and start enjoying healthier and knot-free strands today.