Combs vs Brush

Which is Better for Hair?

It’s well documented that both brushing and combing can be beneficial for your hair, but to know what works best for you will depend on your type of hair, your tools, and your grooming habits.

Combs and brushes were invented to help people clean and style their hair. The comb came first, but both combs and brushes have an interesting history as symbols of wealth in countries like China and Egypt. Today, owning a brush or a comb symbolizes an active interest in your own hygiene.

Combs nowadays come in a diversity of colors, lengths, and materials, but overall they have the same functions as they had in the past. Brushes, on the other hand, have multiple functions, and there are now brushes for all types of uses.

  • Round brushes with stiff, thick bristles are best for short hair
  • Oval brushes with nylon and boar bristles are best for medium to long hair
  • Paddle brushes are best for detangling wavy hair
  • Round brushes with stiff bristles spaced farther apart are best for thin and straight hair
  • Hand-held detanglers are best for thick and curly wet hair

We recommend you check out our hairbrushes that are designed for your hair type and see how well they work for you.

How To Use a Comb Properly

If your hair gets particularly knotty, carefully run your fingers through your tresses before you pick up a comb, as this will gently ease out knots without tugging at your hair.
Always comb your hair through the ends before taking your comb through the root. For bleached or dyed hair, pick a wider comb as the hair will be more sensitive and will benefit from less stress. Slowly and consistently comb your hair with patience. If you are struggling to detangle your hair take your time rather than forcing your comb through your hair. Stay away from moulded plastic combs as they can usually create static and may damage hair. A wide-toothed, saw-cut, acetate comb will gently pull apart knots and tangles your hair without damaging hair.

How To Use a Brush Properly

For longer hair, we recommend starting a few inches off the bottom and working on small sections and short strokes to remove tangles. This method will prevent hair damage, breakage, and damage to your scalp.

Remember, don’t brush your hair more than necessary because it can lead to hair damage. Overbrushing will lift your hair cuticles, damaging them and making your hair dry and without shine. We strongly advise you only brush your hair when it needs to be detangled or made neat.

Hair brushes can also collect dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells very quickly. It is important to clean your hair brushes frequently. The most effective method is to use hand-wash soap and a quick wash under running water without using any kind of cleaner. This should be done at least one time a month to keep harmful bacteria away.

February 16, 2022 — Ivan Lopez-Bosch



Donna said:

Thank you, this was helpful. I’m always wondering how much brushing is needed to maintain hair and scalp health, and when it becomes damaging. I have long, fine, wavy hair that seems to be at its best with daily morning and evening brushing with the Handy size Mason Pearson Sensitive. What I’d like to know is whether it is beneficial, or at least not harmful, to comb through wet hair (especially fine long hair) to distribute conditioner or to detangle.

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