I know this may seem like a waste of a post and a dumb one, but I swear it's not. Seems like common sense right, brushing your hair? Like duh, you just stick a brush in your hair and make strokes right? Wrong! I have seen so many people brush their hair the wrong way, causing major breakage and hair loss, so I finally decided to make a post about it.
The brush I will be talking about in this post is The Paddle Brush by Wet Brush. This has been my favorite brush to use so far! It is designed to use specifically on wet hair but on dry hair as well. My favorite part, and the most important part, are the bristles. The bristles are soft, flexible, yet strong enough to detangle hair. I've had fancy expensive brushes that never even came close to being as awesome this gentle giant. They had awful stiff bristles that made brushing and detangling hair so difficult! The Paddle Brush is also vented, which makes it easy to use in the shower and easy to clean!
I don't like brushing my hair in the shower so I brush it on dry hair before I shower, and once more (very gently) on towel dried hair. Brushing before the shower helps reduce any tangles and breakage during the showering process and I just find it less complicated.
Now, here comes the proper brushing technique...brush from bottom to top, not top to bottom! At this point, you might be thinking, "You want me to create more tangles??" NO! I'm not talking about teasing or back combing. I'm talking about detangling by working your way up. This way, you are not pushing all the knots in one area creating a mega-knot and then have to rip apart the mega-knot. That's what happens when you start at the top, you create a rat's nest and and end up wondering where all the split ends came from.
In the photos below, I tried my best to explain it in the simplest way I could.
In the first photo, I started on the bottom, a little bit before the end of my hair, and brushed downwards. Once that part was detangled, I moved a little higher and brushed downwards again.
Once that part was finished, I moved higher and repeated until my whole head was soft and tangle free.
My brushes used to be filled with hair jammed between the bristles after brushing but this brush has been a life saver and so has the proper brushing technique.
Have a happy hair day!