Doing It Wrong? How to Brush Thin or Fine Hair

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This seems pretty basic, right? Think again. The wrong brush at the wrong time can make weak or fine hair break off, effectively destroying your hair, strand by strand. After several of my work friends with thin, fine hair were showing me their favorite vent brush, I felt compelled to show them a new way.

First Rule of Brushing Thin Hair

Try to avoid brushing your hair when it's wet. If you must, start by misting a detangler on your hair. Look for one that doesn't contain heavy silicones. Then start by combing small sections of hair from the mid section down. Never start at the roots and pull straight through. If you don't have a gentle comb with rotating teeth, invest in a Tangle Teezer or Wet Brush. The bristles are flexible and move with the hair. Your hair won't rip or snap. Using one of these brushes will also make styling your child's hair so much easier. Trust me on this one!

Second Rule of Brushing Thin Hair

This rule isn't really about brushing and applies to everyone. Never pile wet hair on top of your head and cover it with a towel. Wet hair is dangerously delicate. It's much more likely to break while it's wet, so try to avoid rough towel drying and covering your hair with a towel.

Third Rule of Brushing Thin Hair

Avoid brushing your hair with brushes that aren't made of flexible bristles. Look for brushes made with Boar hair or Porcupine brushes; bristles that are grouped together in little clusters. Hard plastic or metal (non-rotating) bristles will damage fine hair. Boar brushes are great not only because they are gentle enough for delicate strands, but because they help distribute oils and make hair look shiny, while flattening the cuticle.

Finally, consider boosting the health of your hair by taking a supplement like Viviscal or Biotin. Both have been successful in supporting and growing thicker, healthier hair.

How do you deal with thin or fine hair? Share your successes (or failures) in the comments!

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2 comments:

  1. I have fine hair. And wow was I doing things wrong! I was ONLY brushing my hair from the roots down when it was wet. Thanks for the advice :)

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  2. Thanks for the info. Would you be able to suggest a good brand of round brush that meets the criteria above? Thank you.

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