Brushing our hair is something that we do daily (if you have hair), but chances are, that if you are like us, you probably pay as much attention to your daily hair brushing as you do your morning shower or teeth brushing.

But here’s the thing, improper brushing can actually cause more harm than good to your tresses. But the good news is that it’s easily preventable, as long as you use the right technique. Yes, there actually is a technique to brushing your hair, who knew right?

All you have to do is start brushing at the ends and gradually work your way up. When you brush the way most people do, which is starting at the roots and moving downwards, you end up simply pushing any tangles or snarls all the way to the ends (which also happen to be the most fragile part of your hair) and this action can result in a tangly knot at the bottom. The other important thing is choosing the right hairbrush for your hair type and texture.

If You Have Thin Fine Hair

Fine hairs have a smaller diameter than thick hairs, making fine hair more prone to both breakage and tangles. This basically means that it requires a little extra TLC than any other hair type or texture, and it’s extremely important to choose a brush that’s going to be very gentle on the hair.

When your hair is wet, it is at it’s weakest and can easily stretch past its natural elasticity point and snap. Brushing it wet, particularly if you’re working hard to detangle it, is when you can end up with the most breakage, so select a detangling wet brush that will give your hair the gentle care that it needs.

If You Have Thick Hair

Those blessed with a head of thick hair would require a bigger brush as it’s very important to make sure you have a balanced ratio of hair to brush because if the brush is too small it will essentially get eaten up by all that hair.

If You Have Wavy Or Curly Hair 

If you have wavy or curly hair, you should skip brushing it and instead apply a moisturizing styling product when hair is damp, then style with your fingers as you blow-dry with a diffuser. But if you’re looking to smooth out your texture, a good quality boar bristle brush will be a good choice.