In order to keep your hair healthy and looking its best, regular washing is necessary. Your hair type and the amount you have will determine how often you’ll need to wash it in order for it to stay as healthy as possible. Consulting with your Ottawa hairstylist when you go in for a trim or styling, is the best way to determine how frequently you should be cleaning your hair.
In addition to washing and keeping your hair trimmed and styled, another part of maintaining your locks comes in the form of regular combing and/or brushing. “Hair brushes keep the outer layer of the hair smooth and help redistribute oil from the scalp, but they don’t work as well when they’re filled with hair,” said by Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist specializing in hair loss at the Cleveland Clinic. Since brushing is multi-purpose (improves hair health and the overall look) it’s very to keep your brush as clean as possible. The question is, how often should you clean your brush for optimal brushing? The answer may surprise you. “Dr. Piliang recommends the average person clean their brush every one to two weeks. For those with longer hair, however, she recommends doing this more frequently. And if you use products, a sure sign that it’s time to clean you brush is if you start to see residue form on the bristles. To clean your brush, Dr. Piliang suggests first using a rattail comb or pen or pencil to pull out the hair. If you have a round brush, she recommends using scissors to snip the clumps of hair on both sides, so that they can easily be removed. Then fill a bowl with warm water and mild shampoo before swishing the brush around. When you’re done, place the brush bristle side down and let it dry.”
When brushing remember not to use too much force and also don’t over brush as both of these things can cause damage to the hair and scalp in the long term. Experts suggest that brushing twice daily (once in the morning and once before bed) is enough for most people. The type of brush/comb you use is just as important as how often you brush. “For wet hair, either a wet brush or wide-tooth comb will do the trick. Shelton likes wet brushes because the flexible bristles help detangle while Piliang likes a wide-tooth comb, especially when used with conditioner in the shower, because it pulls the hair less. If you’re using a blow dryer, Piliang recommends finding a brush with a ceramic or ion center as they help the hair dry faster, giving it less exposure to heat. For everyday use, Shelton is a fan of boar-bristle brushes because they do pull less and smooth more, but admits that these pricier varieties aren’t an absolute necessity.”
Paired with the advice of an expert stylist from Caralyn’s, regular brushing will help keep your hair healthy, neat and under control.