For almost all of us, combing our hair is just a procedure for untangling it.  But it is not so. In the process of combing, the hair is cleaned of particles of dust and dirt.  There is also a distribution of sebum, which gives the hair smoothness, shine and elasticity, prevents damage and cross-section of the hair.  And besides this, combing is an excellent massage of the scalp.  Therefore, combing is important not only to take time, but to do it correctly.

Choosing the Right Hair Comb

Combs, brushes and hair picks are the main tools for combing (it is better to choose among those made from natural materials).  Combs made from natural materials are good for hair and pleasant for scalp. It is better not to use metal combs: the teeth of such combs are hard and can damage the scalp.

The most common variant is plastic combing tools.  Such combs are durable, easy to care for, inexpensive.  The main minus is that the hair is electrified with prolonged combing. You need to choose combs with blunt rounded teeth to avoid damaging the scalp. If you are the owner of long hair, you will have to buy 2 combs: a comb with wide teeth and a brush for massage.  Start combing the hair from the ends, and then move to the head.  After you untangle the hair along the entire length with a comb, take a massage brush – here you can already carry out from roots to ends.

With short hair (and a long bob), you can comb the hair immediately from the roots and along the entire length.  Choose a brush with a wide working surface without sharp teeth.

Curly hair requires special care.  As with long hair, start by untangling the ends and slowly rising to your head.  For this type of hair, a comb with rare teeth is sufficient.

Comb your hair correctly

The procedure should be timed twice a day for 10 minutes.  Long combing is more useful.  2-3 times to pass through the hair is not enough, because it is a head massage, and an improvement in blood circulation, and an even distribution of the secretion of the sebaceous glands along the entire length. There is a myth that you need to comb your hair at least 100 times.  However, it’s important not how many times you brush your hair, but how carefully and correctly you do it.  Always start from the bottom by carefully massaging your scalp with a brush.  All actions during the combing should be smooth.

Do not rush to comb immediately after washing your hair.  Because the scalp is well stewed and the pores are enlarged, this can lead to easy pulling of the hair from the vulnerable bulb.  It is also easy to disrupt the structure of the hair: the hair is wet, they are extremely prone to stretching. The tangled hair is combed with a flat comb with rare wide teeth, previously the hair can be sprayed with a comb spray.

When combing hair of any type, you must be guided by the following principles:

  • Do not make sudden movements, do not try to “break through” through the tangles and nodules.
  • Alternate the movements of the comb with a hand stroking – so you evenly distribute sebum, and the hair will be shiny, strong, healthy.
  • If you have no problems with pressure, comb your hair with your head tilted: you can sit on a chair and bend it between your knees down or lie on the sofa with your head dangling from the armrest. So blood will flow to the head, will go to the roots of the hair.


Comb is the same personal care item as a toothbrush.  Do not give the comb to strangers. The brush and comb should be kept clean: we recommend to wash them every week with a simple soapy solution (ideally after each use).  In addition to hair on the comb, dead skin particles, dirt, particles of varnish or foam, sebum are collected – all this falls onto clean hair.

Use a toothbrush or shaving brush for these purposes – this will clean the toot and bristles from dirt.  After washing, wipe the comb. Our hair is lively and therefore, what is good for us is good for them.  Love them, treat them with affection and tenderness, and in return, they will delight you with their rapid growth and magnificent appearance! Learn more about hair health at the consultation of a trichologist at HairMed.