FYI: You're Brushing Your Hair All Wrong
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The damage: When you rake through that tangled heap with a paddle brush, you break strands of your hair, which is like pulling a thread loose on a sweater, says Liz Cunnane-Phillips from Philip Kingsley Trichological Centre in NY. Flowers adds, "Use a wide-toothed comb or something with wide, plastic bristle to minimize damage. The most important thing is to start at bottom and work your way up. Starting from the top can increase the amount of tangles."
The fix: Tangle Teezer
How it helps: Ergonomically designed to allow a firm, wrap-around hold, giving you full control of your style. Uniquely structured teeth flex over feisty tangles without any unruly pulling or tugging. Our intern Allie admits, "Nothing sends my hair to rat's nest territory faster than lathering and rinsing. But the little brush put up a valiant effort against my tangles, and managed to get through them without causing me to tear up. I was also able to detangle my hair in about half the time it normally takes me (I scientifically measured this by seeing how far into an episode of "The Vampire Diaries" I got before my hair was smooth). Bonus: it didn't make the ends of my hair break off, something that is inevitable with other brushes."
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Turns out, along with heat tools and those super taut hairstyles, the brush you use for practically everything may being doing just as much damage to your hair. Size, bristle type and the shape of your brush have a huge impact on the health of your hair and how it styles. Every type of brush produces a different result, and, just like makeup brushes, not all hairbrushes should be treated the same.
Film and television hairstylist Linda Flowers (whose looks can be seen on the Hunger Games), celebrity stylist for the Kardashians and Jessica Alba, Jen Atkins, and stylist at Rita Hazan Salon, Kim Gueldner, all weighed in to tell us the hair brushing mistakes we've been making all along. Whether you're smoothing, detangling, curling or frizz-fighting, these are the tips that will change your hair care routine for good.