How Often Should I Brush My Hair?

Brushing your hair is a must to get rid of tangles and keep your hair looking great. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know just how often you should be pulling out your favorite brush. Hint: It differs based on your hair type. In this article, we’ll tell you exactly how often you should brush your hair.

Brush Straight or Wavy Hair Daily

If you have straight or wavy hair, it is best to brush this type of hair twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Unless you’re out in the wind during the day, there shouldn’t be too many tangles to deal with throughout the day.

How to Brush Your Hair the Right Way

There is a specific technique to use when brushing straight and wavy hair.

  1. Start at the bottom of your hair, brushing the last inch or two first.

  2. Then slowly move up the hair a few inches at a time.

  3. If you find a stubborn tangle, use your fingers to loosen it up rather than attacking it with the brush.

  4. Once the knot is loosened, use the brush again to remove it completely.

Brush Textured Hair Every Wash Day

Curls and coils are more delicate than you may realize. If you are too rough or brush too often, you can damage and break those strands, so it is best to limit how often you brush this hair type. Brushing your hair on wash day is best since the conditioner will help loosen the knots while protecting your hair.

How to Brush Your Hair the Right Way

To brush through textured hair, follow the below instructions:

  1. Start by shampooing your hair as usual, then start detangling after working the conditioner through your hair.

  2. Take small sections of hair and use a shower brush to remove those tangles.

  3. Start at the tips of your hair and work your way slowly to the roots. Be careful not to yank the brush through your strands.

  4. When the tangles are gone, rinse the conditioner out of your hair.

Why Brushing Your Hair is Important

Brushing straight and ways hair doesn’t just make it look good. Each brush stroke distributes the natural oils produced by the scalp. These add a thin layer of protection over each strand and give it a healthy shine.

It’s important to brush textured hair because it wards off matting and makes the hair easier to style.

Each brush stroke also stimulates your scalp, which increases blood flow and supports healthy hair growth.

Can You Over-brush Your Hair?

Those following the old advice of using 100 brush strokes each day may be doing more damage than good. Brushing your hair too much can contribute to hair loss. That’s why you should limit your hair brushing to keep those strands on your head where they belong. Stop brushing when there are no more tangles.

We all need to brush our hair now and then, but perpetual brushing isn’t good for your hair, especially if it’s prone to breakage or thinning. In order to ensure that your hair stays healthy and strong, we encourage you to follow the tips shared in this article.

Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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