Is it ok to brush everytime when hair is being washed? Or is it better to alternate with a pick? Will it damage the ends when used frequently(while itīs sopping wet and conditioned, that is)?
I do it most every time - sometimes I comb instead, sometimes I brush and comb. I never use a pick on wet hair - only damp to dry. It hasn't damaged my ends - I use a lot of conditioner. I find brushing less damaging than combing, and finger-combing was worse of all. The wetter and the more conditioned with a conditioner with great slip, the better (some oil gives even more slip.) Also, I brush in small-ish sections, very slowly, ends up, and I smooth the hair very very gently and use my fingers to slowly pull out any tough tangles. I really take my time - you can't rush brushing. And make sure you have a seamless brush with fairly widely spaced teeth - paddle brushes are good.
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Seams are like the thread lines in sewing... a seam in a comb or brush is the line where the two pieces of material they used to form the comb/brush meet, forming a sort of "raised" line. Some get split ends and breakage from the line. I find that since I filed the seams down in my comb (with an emery board) it glides through my hair easier. You may find one kind of brush works better for you. My HUGE ball-tipped paddle brush works much better than the bare-tipped rubber cushioned Denman i have... Denman pulls out my hair. HTH
Yes, me too! Regular, frequent wet-brushing keeps my hair tangle free. I don't have to fight with tangles and the brush glides through my hair more easily if I keep on top of the brushing, so I've gotten sort of addicted to it Some people have written about damage, but they usually have fine hair. My hair is medium-thick, coarse and resillient, so likes this method a lot
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