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You May Be Brushing Your Hair Incorrectly

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Everyone's hair is different, but for those of us who need to brush regularly to maintain our locks — you may have it all wrong.  

Hair takes quite a beating in the summer months. Chlorine, salt water and other damage from general warm-weather shenanigans means we have to spend a little more time taking care of our locks as the temperature rises. The first, and most important, way to ensure a healthy head of hair is pretty simple, but oft overlooked: making sure you’re brushing it correctly. 
 
The culprit for tangles and split ends often lies in some combination of hair follicle dehydration and poor brushing technique. In other words, don’t brush your hair like you’re beating a rug, remember that patience and a gentle hand are your best friends. Start from your tips and gently work the brush upwards and, if possible, opt for a brush with a boar bristles, which naturally contain a dose of sebum, and your hair will thank you for it. 
 
If you have a really bad case of tumbleweed tangles, invest in a decent hair mask or sleep-in conditioner (we tend to favor shea butter and olive oil, which are naturally hydrating), and apply the product in light stroking motions from the hair at the nape of your neck to the tips. But be warned: if you massage in too much product near your hairline, you’ll just end up with greasy build-up. 

For curly hair,  we advise that you avoid brushing altogether: instead, run a wide-toothed comb through your locks when they are wet to avoid turning your curls into pure fuzz (unless you're going for that statement '80s look). For all hair types, many experts recommend drying with a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel, as this, too, prevents breakage that leads to frizz. 

Scroll through our selection of brushes and detangling products for a healthly head of summer hair:

The Brush


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Mason Pearson Detangler Hair Brush - $110
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Bella & Bear's Detangling Hair Brush - $16
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Sephora Tidy: Detangling Comb - $8
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MIŠEL Professional Extension & Detangling Hair Brush with Boar Bristle - $20
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Tangle Teezer Compact Kaleidoscope Styling Hairbrush - £13
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The Product


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Shea Moisture Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-free Leave-in Detangler - $12
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ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud - £33
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Davines NouNou Hair Mask - $34
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L'Oreal Paris Hair Care Deep Nourish Conditioner - $7
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Brilliance New York Essential Hydration Hair Serum - $30
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