For many women, hair care is something very important. Most of us invest in more expensive products and equipment to keep our manes healthy and beautiful. Of course, all of this comes with certain rules. Like, for example, that you should always use a heat protectant before blow-drying or straightening. Or that you should generally go to the hairdresser every three months to freshen up the tips. Something many of us wonder is whether we should actually comb wet hair. Since we couldn’t come to a unified decision in the office, we started looking for answers. In this article, we tell you what we found out.
Is that right?
Experts used to associate hair damage primarily with heat or chemicals. Today, unfortunately, simply combing can lead to damage. Especially when the ends have become tangled and you even have to use force to untangle them. Not only is this frustrating, it can also hurt. There are different opinions about how and with what exactly you should comb your hair and whether it is allowed to comb wet hair. The issue of combing wet hair has particularly divided the hair care community. As with most hair issues, it depends on the texture of your hair. After all, hair is very individual. This means that something that works on curly hair will obviously not work the same on straight hair. In the next part we will tell you what we found out about combing and more specifically about combing wet hair.
Comb wet hair is generally not desired
How to comb hair properly?
Generally, combing should promote hair health and detangle it, not the other way around. Experts agree that when done properly, combing is very important to avoid knots, tangles and breakage. There are many and different brushes and combs to detangle hair. For many, it is easier to detangle hair when it is wet. In some cases, however, this is not recommended. Especially if this is done vigorously, which can damage the hair and even lead to breakage.
It depends on what kind of hair texture you have
Is it safe to comb hair wet?
As mentioned earlier, it depends on the texture of your hair. For example, if you have straight hair, combing your wet hair can cause more damage than when it’s dry. The most important thing to remember is that wet hair is in its most sensitive and fragile state. If you comb the hair in this state, there is a high probability that it will overstretch, over-tighten and eventually break. Experts agree that hair is strongest when it’s dry.
On the other hand, if you have curly hair, the opposite is true. Surely any of you who have tried combing dry locks can attest to how awful it is. Combing dry tresses involves a lot of tugging and tangling and is generally an absolute NO. Experts believe that combing curly or textured hair can actually help reduce breakage and damage to the hair follicle and keep the curly pattern intact.
If your hair has elasticity and stretch, consider using hydrating and moisturizing products in addition to detangling sprays, conditioners, or oils. So you can make combing much easier.
If you have straight hair, you should not comb your hair wet
How to comb hair properly?
All experts agree that for all hair types, preventing tangles and breakage should start in the shower. Some are of the opinion that combing is not even always necessary. You should make sure not to tangle your hair when you shampoo and condition it. For example, you can detangle your hair with your fingers, which is gentler and safer.
If you have straight hair, experts advise that you wait a bit before combing your hair further. For those of you with curly hair, the best time to comb or detangle is before shampooing and conditioning. Shampooing lifts the cuticles to properly remove dirt and oils. Raised cuticles on curly and wavy hair can lead to more tangles. After you rinse out the shampoo, your hair will be mostly detangled and you can then rinse again to reseal the cuticles and give a final brush through.
You can start combing in the shower
How often do you have to comb your hair?
The answer to this question depends on your own preferences as well as your hair type. You should then brush and comb your hair when necessary. For straight hair, that means you should style it for the day or detangle it before or after washing. For curly hair, comb every three to seven days, depending on when you wash your hair. You should determine the frequency yourself to minimize hair breakage.
Comb wet hair
Hair care is important