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What Brush Should You Use On Thinning Hair?

October 5, 2012

Posted in Ask Frank, Keeping Hair Healthy


Ever wonder what type of brush to use? If your hair is thinning or damaged, keep these tips in mind to select the best brush.

Here are some tips to follow when selecting a brush:
• Always choose a brush that has protective ball-tips.
• Padded brushes or vent brushes, all with protective ball-tips are great brushes for short styles (see “Appropriate Brushes” below).
• Padded paddle brushes with protective ball-tips are great for long hair. This will allow the air to flow through the bristles (see “Appropriate Brushes” below).
• Avoid using a round brush that is too small for your hair length. The hair should be able to wrap around 1 ½ times. If the hair wraps around the brush more than 1 ½ times,
it will cause tangling, especially if you’re are not quite skilled at using this type of brush.
• Avoid brushes that have rough, pointed, plastic tips or no protective tips at all. These unprotected
bristles can “rake” over the hair and the knots, resulting in or broken hair. Worn brushes that have lost their protective tips are extremely damaging to the knots of the hair.

Shown are samples of appropriate brushes and inappropriate brushes.

Regarding the inappropriate brushes:
• Note the missing protective tips on the purple vent brush on the right. This is a common occurrence.
• The red padded brush was designed without the protective tips–these bristles are very sharp and rough.
• The middle brush has rough bristles–very damaging to hair.

Here are some tips on brushing:
• Always brush the hair dry to remove any tangling before shampooing, especially long hair.
• Start at the ends of the hair to avoid stretching the hair, then work your way to the base or scalp. Excessive stretching to the hair can cause severe damage. It can – and will–weaken the natural bonds inside the hair.

If you have a hair question, our “Ask Frank” series is here to help! Just leave your question in the comments below and it may just be the topic of my next post.

About the author

Hair Loss Expert Author Frank DeCarlo is the VP of Research & Product Development at Hair Club - the leader in hair restoration. Not only has he been working in the industry for more than 25 years, Frank is also a hair transplant patient. Frank knows how hair loss feels and what solutions actually work.

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