Hair that’s wet and filled with moisture is more fragile than hair that’s dry, which can result in snapping when brushed. As such, it’s recommended to brush hair in a dry state. This may mean allowing your hair to air-dry post-shower before beginning to comb through hair strands. However, to strangle wet hair combs with wider teeth are recommended.
Haircare experts recommend brushing your hair twice a day — morning and night — to help distribute your scalp’s natural oils through your hair.
Your hair is vulnerable to breakage at this point as your scalp is relaxed. Oil can weigh your hair down and combing your hair right after oiling it will only cause it to break.
Dust gets collected in your hair if you keep oil overnight which can block the hair follicles and lead to scalp infections. Keeping the oil on for 30 minutes is more than enough.
Curls should never be brushed. Not only will brushing give you crazy frizz, but it will also ruin your curl pattern and cause breakage. If you have any tangles, spritz a detangling spray in your hair and use a wide-tooth comb to remove knots.
Combs act as a detangler, scalp stimulator and as a tool for distributing natural oils effectively, as we have discussed above. They are also preferable when your hair is damp after a wash while brushes are used when hair is dry.
They have their purposes too, mainly to help deliver a particular style when your hair is dry. Having said that, paddle brushes are however known to help cover the scalp well and distribute natural oils for some hair types.
If you have straight, shorter hair, you should use a comb with a handle and smaller teeth. For wavy, thicker hair, a wide-tooth comb works best to maintain the natural pattern of your curls.