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Detangle Hair-Easy-With Minimal Tears

Updated on December 5, 2012

Have Plenty of Patients When Brushing Hair

The manner in which long hair is brushed will have a dramatic effect on its appearance. I've always had long hair and my girls have long hair. Brushing out our hair after a bike ride is a task, but when done correctly there are no split ends, broken strands or gobs of hair left in the brush.

The person brushing the hair, whether it be the parent, a child or yourself, they must exercise their patients when they sit down to do the brushing, especially if it has a lot of tangles or a mat. A frustrated hair brush-er only creates tears for the person who's hair they're brushing and hair that is frizzy as a result of their frustration. A lot of tangles or a mat will come out easier if the hair brush-er is patient.

Hair Brushing Basics

Brush or Comb

Brushing hair doesn't have to hurt or destroy the hair. Brushes and/ or combs are both acceptable tools to groom your hair with. With a good comb you know all the tangles are out whereas a brush it’s a little iffy.

When I say, “ good comb” I’m referring to:

  • A comb that doesn't have bits of plastic hanging off the teeth. These little bits of plastic will catch and break the hair strands.
  • A good comb will have straight, fine, teeth that are smooth from base to end.
  • The end of each tooth will have a rounded tip as opposed to a point.
  • The body and handle of the good comb will be firm, not flimsy.

If you opt for a hair brush it should be a soft to medium bristle.

Some advice on hair brushes:

  • If the bristles are too soft they won't be able to hang on to a tangle to untangle it. With the too soft bristle brush you have a good chance of leaving un-brushed hair on the underside, which will soon turn into a mat. Mats can be brushed out, but it will take a great deal of patience.
  • Too firm of a bristle will break the hair or stretch it causing the hair strands that get stretched to be very weak. When the stretched hair strands recoil it usually isn't in an orderly fashion. If the hairs break off they create a fuzzy look to otherwise smooth hair and tangle easier. The broken hairs are referred to as split ends because the end of the hair strand splits into two pieces where it broke.
  • Another drawback to a firm bristle hair brush is the bristles will catch on a tangle and rip it out instead of releasing it.

Hold the Hair While Brushing it....
Hold the Hair While Brushing it.... | Source
You'll Experience Far Less Tears and a Beautiful Full Mane.
You'll Experience Far Less Tears and a Beautiful Full Mane.

Brush Your Hair

Kids have naturally tender roots.Their hair hasn't weathered years of hair brushing, accidental pulling and catching on things like an adults hair has.

First thing in the morning, preparing for school, the last thing an eight year old is looking forward to his having their bed head brushed, especially if there's a mat! It can be very painful if done by someone that doesn't know how to brush or comb it properly.

The following hair brushing technique works by the hair brush-er holding the hair and brushing it out by starting at the bottom and working up the hair.When the hair brush-er holds the hair above the area being brushed they take the pull when a tangle is encountered instead of the hair yanking on the child's scalp.Instead, it yanks on the brushers hand, which causes no pain at all to the hair brush-er or child.

  1. Spritz the hair with a leave-in conditioner.Dampen the hair, but don’t soak it.Massage the conditioner into the hair with your fingers tips.
  2. Have your tool of choice (brush or comb) at the ready, pull the hair back and grasp the bulk of the hair.Slide your hand down to within about four or five inches of the ends and then hold tight.
  3. Lift your hand so you’re not pulling on the hair.Take your comb or brush, and starting at the very, very end of the hair you’re holding, brush the bottom two inches a couple of strokes.
  4. Move your tool up higher, while still holding the hair, and brush the bottom three to four inches.
  5. If your tool is coming up to your hand at this point, re-grasp the hair higher up, make a firm grip and raise your hand so you’re not pulling the hair from the scalp, and brush the bottom 5 to 6 inches of hair.

Repeat this process of moving your hand up and re-grasping and brushing the lower hairs until you can’t grasp the hair any longer.By this point you should have the majority of the tangled hair brushed or combed out and can move up the hair higher without causing pain.If you encounter tangles up near the scalp, either pick up the tangled hairs and brush them out to avoid pulling on tender scalps or press your hand against the scalp above the tangle to help hold the hairs from pulling.

Adult hair is brushed or combed in the very same manner as a child accept you hold your own hair just above the area your brushing.

The most important thing to avoid is starting at the top and raking your grooming tool down the entire length of hair.You will most definitely end up with fuzzy split ends and tears using that technique.

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