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Should I Comb Wet Hair?

coming wet hair with a brush is damaging to the hair

We’ve all been there - in a rush to get ready, we absentmindedly start combing our hair while it’s still wet. But did you know that this seemingly harmless habit can actually cause significant damage to your hair? In fact, hair is 50% weaker when it is wet, making it more susceptible to breakage and split ends.

Wet hair has more elasticity, meaning it can stretch and snap back into place easily. However, when you comb through wet strands, you risk stretching them beyond their limits, leading to potential damage. Have you ever noticed how our hair tends to stretch and then coil back up? This is a clear sign that your strands are being put under unnecessary stress.

So what should you do if your hair is tangled and needs some attention after a shower? Instead of reaching for the comb right away, consider towel drying your hair and then using a blow dryer. The airflow will naturally loosen any knots without causing excessive damage or breakage.

If you absolutely must comb your hair while it’s still wet, make sure to use a wide-toothed comb or brush specifically designed for detangling (i.e. a Wet Brush). Additionally, applying a leave-in conditioner or detangling spray can provide some extra slip and protection against damage.

Remember, taking care of your hair doesn’t mean spending hours on intricate styling routines. Sometimes less is more and it’s better to avoid harmful habits like combing through wet hair. So the next time you step out of the shower with wet hair, resist the urge to grab that comb and opt for gentler alternatives instead. Your hair will thank you in the long run!


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