How to brush your hair

Myth #7: You should always brush your hair from the roots to the ends

From 1 to 8, we are reviewing hair care myths that a French article on Yahoo! pour Elles set out to debunk. Did they get it right? Did their post even make sense? Well… We’ve decided as hair professionals, to give a hopefully better rendition of these hair myths. 

Today’s Myth: You should always brush your hair from the roots to the ends

How to brush your hair

What Yahoo! pour Elles says:
Brushing your hair from the roots to the ends may create knots and lead to hair breakage.

Instead, brush small sections of hair locks, starting close to the ends and then progressively going closer to the roots, always from top to bottom.

Also, try to avoid brushing your hair right after a shampoo, when it is still wet.

Comment from the Atelier Emmanuel Team:
Your brushing technique depends on the texture and nature of your hair.

As our stylist David Reposar points out, in ancient times it was recommended to brush from roots to ends, as a single motion, to distribute the sebum from the scalp to the roots. If you use a good brush (we recommend those with natural bristles), and if you don’t have hair that is too fine, then applying this technique won’t harm your hair.

If your hair is tangled, it is recommend to progress backwards from ends to roots, the way Yahoo! pour Elles describes it. You brush downwards, towards the ends; but, you work in sections, beginning at the ends and working your way towards the roots. This is the best to detangle hair.

So we agree with Yahoo! pour Elles on that one. However, we disagree that you should “try to avoid brushing your hair right after a shampoo, when it is still wet”. For most textures, it is ok to brush the hair when it is wet and saturated with conditioner. Some women even brush their hair with a wide tooth comb while still in the shower, right after having rinsed their hair from shampoo and conditioner. And this is fine.

 

David adds that if you have fine, but curly hair, combing with a wide tooth comb will be also a good option. For this kind of hair, a brush separates the curls and creates frizz. A wide tooth comb should avoid this.

Next Myth: Final myth of the series! Rinsing your hair with cold water makes it more shiny

Previous Myth: If you keep using the same shampoo, it will become less effective over time 

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