Combing hair is something we do every day. It comes so natural to us that we don’t really pay any attention to what we’re doing but we just let our minds wander while combing our hair. After all, it’s such a harmless activity so why should we be careful, right? Not really. Combing can be dangerous for hair and damage it. Now, there’s no need to panic. Grooming and styling hair in any way will cause a bit of damage. That’s normal and nothing to worry about. It’s only when combing causes more damage than usual, making hair look worse instead than better, that we have a problem. What can we do to prevent it?
How combing can damage hair
Combing, when done too roughly or too often, can be harmful in several ways. It can cause hair to break and cause damage to the cuticle. And while it is true that hair is in its most fragile state when wet and thus particular care should be taken while grooming it in that condition, combing hair when dry has its side effects too. That can cause hair to knot, meaning you will have to apply more pressure when combing. As a result, hair is again more prone to breakage. In addition, the more you comb your hair, the more damage you’ll cause.
How to prevent combing damage
Of course we can’t stop combing our hair. That would be silly and besides, like I mentioned above, a tiny bit of damage is normal. You just need to avoid causing too much damage. First of all, you have to remember to always comb hair gently without using too much force. Choosing a good comb is also very important. Opt for a wide-toothed comb (especially to comb wet hair) as they have less teeth and their wide spacing allows you to go through hair without causing a lot of damage. Sharp combs should be avoided as they can harm both hair and cuticles.
Another trick is to use a conditioner with silicones. No, they are not bad for hair. They may cause some build-up, but if you wash your hair regularly with a good shampoo this won’t be a problem. Silicones provide a sleek and smooth feeling to hair and allow combs to go through it easier, thus minimizing damage. And they help protect against the heat from a blow dryer and other styling tools as well. In addition, remember that the more you comb hair and the more strokes you use, the more damage you’ll inflict to it. So, especially if you are someone who always takes a comb around in his/her purse/pocket, don’t comb hair too often, but only when necessary.
How do you comb your hair? Are you gentle or do you comb it too much?