First of all, you have to choose a section of your
hair from where you will begin combing. Hold that section towards the
bottom. Start combing at the ends of the hair, making brisk and light
strokes. Work upwards, until the tangled hair below your hand start to
loosen. Now, comb the hair below your hand, making slow strokes. By
now, you should be able to smoothly comb through that part of your
hair, without any tangles. Move the grip of your hand a little higher
on that section of the hair and repeat the first two steps, until you
reach the top of that section. Finally, comb through all your hair and
set them the way you like.
Check your hair for any major knots or tangles; these
are best detangled by gentle fingers rather than the harsh teeth of
combs. Detangle these, but be gentle; don't tear at your hair.
Start combing the end of the hair section and work
your way up slowly until you have combed the entire section of hair.
You should brush your hair 100 strokes every night.
Over-brushing the hair can lead to hair damage, such as split ends. If
you are brushing your hair before bedtime, you should only brush it
sufficiently to remove any tangles. You should also use a
natural-bristle brush and work from the ends of the hair to the scalp.
As for combing dry hair, the idea was that a regular
comb would snarl in long hair and worsen tangles. However, using a
wide-toothed comb to detangle long hair is perfectly fine, as long as
you always remember to treat the hair gently and with respect.
Never brush your hair when it's wet, and never comb it
when it's dry. This hearkens back to the days before we had "brushes"
with tines. Bristled brushes by their very nature pull the hair in
hundreds of slightly different angles as the brush passes through the
hair. When the hair is wet, it is swollen and weaker and brushing with
bristled brushes can stretch and damage the hair. It is advisable to
always use a wide-toothed comb on wet hair, but a brush that has
widely-spaced tines is an acceptable tool for detangling wet hair.
If you have any products that help, like a leave in
conditioner or detangler, then this is the time to apply them. Make
sure you apply evenly, and let your hair absorb the product.
Sharing combs and brushes can cause dandruff. This is
untrue. Dandruff is caused by a fungus that is found in everyone's
hair. The difference between someone with dandruff and someone without
dandruff is that the fungus responsible for dandruff isn't active in
the person without it. That being said, sharing combs and brushes
isn't a good practice because there are many other things that can be
spread by sharing these implements.
Divide your hair into sections, depending on the
thickness and length. Combing your hair in sections makes the job a
lot easier and less daunting. Separate sections with hair clips or
grips. Select one section to start with.
Move on to the next layer until all layers are
complete. When your hair is finished, run your fingers through it
gently to see if you missed any knots or kinks. Then enjoy your
freshly combed hair.
Daily brushing makes hair grow faster. There are
benefits to brushing the hair that are proven, specifically when using
a natural-bristle brush. Brushing helps to remove dirt, and product
build-up in the hair and from the scalp. It helps to distribute the
natural oils produced by the follicles and glands of the scalp. It
helps to stimulate the scalp to promote blood-flow and regulate the
oil production. But there has never been any studies done that
indicate daily brushing has any effect on the growth rate of the hair.
Brushing the hair is better for it than combing. This
relates to our first myth at the top of the page. Your hair actually
responds better to combing because it creates less stress on the hair
and the stress it does generate is more uniform in nature. Brushing
the hair became popular because brushes tend to work faster at
removing tangles and smoothing the hair, but where a comb has a single
row of tines that separate the hair into small clusters of strands, a
brush has several hundred bristles that separate the hair into several
hundred strands. The brush therefore creates more stress on the hair
You can train your hair to follow a style by combing
it in that style daily. As nice as this would be if it were true, it
isn't. This myth is generally proffered by those who wear short hair
styles (usually men). What generally happens is that it's the wearer
of the style who becomes "trained" and finds it easier to create the
desired look with his or her hair.