Some people would argue that the key “don’t” for brushing and combing of hair is this: Don’t do it any more than is necessary.” Excessive brushing and combing can break delicate hair and pull out hair that is loosely attached. However, some hair care activity, such as combing or brushing, is necessary if the person is to look presentable in modern society.

brushing-and-combing-of-hair1It is widely recognized that people may pay particular attention to their face, their skin tone (tanning etc.), eyebrows etc. but spend very little time actually caring for their hair. Most knowledgeable people recommend combing the hair regularly, which not only prevents tangling and improves appearance, but also helps distribute natural body/hair oils. Hair will not only look better, it may actually be “healthier.”

What most people do that is really a “don’t” is combing or brush hair too often, or when they do comb, they pull and tug too hard, damaging the hair and scalp in the process. Hair-care specialists also recommend leaving hair loose and open to the air as much as possible. The common recommendation is about four to six hours each day. This helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp and the follicles at the base of the head of hair. Other recommendations or “do’s” include washing the hair with gentle massaging motions; keeping comb, brush and other hair-care instruments clean.

Among the things that people seem to do with regularity that are on the list of “don’ts are: strong combing when the hair is wet, which tends to break or tear away heavy, vulnerable hair; people should not use excessive heat from a hair dryer or hair irons too often; scalp massaging should be done gently, with the fingertips; don’t use regular soap to wash your hair.

A head of hair is composed of thousands of strands of individual hair. These strands are very thin, like the thinnest thread, and can be torn and broken as easily as thread. Of course, the protein that makes up hair (keratin) is tough but will not stand up to abuse like over-combing, pulling or harsh shampoo use. Hair is not “alive” after it exits the skin. It becomes hard and dies, making it susceptible to breaking and cutting.

One of the items that people should definitely do to help them have healthy, great-looking hair is to eat a balanced diet and make sure that there is plenty of Vitamin B in that diet. Water consumption is also important in hair health and skin health. Many people experience dry skin and dry, breaking hair because they are living their lives in a dehydrated state.

Many people don’t understand that hair thickness or fineness is generally determined by the size and distribution of the roots. Hair can be made to appear thicker or “fuller” with certain commercial products. But these should not be overused. Too much of a good thing can damage hair. One key don’t: Do not wash your hair every day. This can remove far too much of the natural oils hair needs and leave the head of hair looking and feeling dry.


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Lucas Beaumont
Generalist. Wikipedia contributor. Elementary school teacher from Saskatchewan, Canada.

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