The way you're brushing your hair could be ruining it

According to experts, you're doing it wrong

brushing your hair wrong
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According to experts, you're doing it wrong

You can douse your hair in the best hair masks available, splurge on the best shampoo and book yourself in for an Olaplex hair treatment on the reg. But, if you're not looking after it the right way, chances are, it won't behave. Especially if you're doing something bad to it on a frequent basis. Like brushing your hair wrong.

Yes, there is a particular way we should be brushing our hair and most of us aren't doing it right.

The first mistake is brushing it when it's wet. However, this only applies to straight hair. When your hair is wet, it's in its most vulnerable state. So when you brush it, you stretch the individual hair shafts, which can cause irreversible damage to the ends. This is where The Wet Brush, £11.99, Boots comes into the picture. Their IntelliFlex® bristles bounce back to their original form after each stroke, eliminating all the hair breakage.

On the other hand, if you have curly hair, you shouldn't brush it when it's dry. Instead, you should use your fingers to comb through.

But perhaps the biggest mistake we make is not brushing it often enough. Our hair has a lifespan of approximately 7 years. And we lose around 120 hairs a day. But, if you don't brush your hair enough, these hairs won't loosen out to make way for new hair. The best brushes for this are flat, soft, bristle brushes. Try and wash with a fortifying shampoo, too - find your perfect one here.

So the next time you question when, where or whether you should brush your hair. Remember these simple rules.

Natalie Lukaitis