Combing wet versus dry hair: what’s better?
Did you know that your hair can absorb up to 30 per cent of its weight in water? And that in case of damaged hair, this can be as much as 45 per cent? That’s not anything!
Imagine if you would drink a third of your body weight in the water yourself? After 2 cups of tea, I sometimes have the impression that my bladder is bursting apart. And I shouldn’t think about having to lift a third of my weight for at least one shower.
But that’s what our hair does. While you’re having a nice shower, the strength and endurance of your hair are put to the test. So it’s not so strange that your hair is much more vulnerable when it’s wet: it swells up, stretches and loses strength. This increases the risk of split ends and broken hairs.
So you might think it’s always better to comb your hair when it’s dry. Yet this is not always the case. It depends on what type of hair you have. That’s how it is:
Curls are better combed or brushed wet.
If you have curls, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that combing or brushing your hair dry is no fun at all. There’s almost no way to get through it. Because of the enormous resistance, you encounter while combing or brushing, you do a lot more damage.
It’s much smarter to choose the path of least resistance: and that’s when your hair is wet. Wet curly hair is much easier to slide through than dry curly hair.
It’s best to brush or comb straight hair when it’s dry.
For those with steep hair, dry combing or brushing is much easier. You usually don’t need to apply any force to get through your hair. In terms of resistance, wet or dry does not make much difference in this case. Because your hair is much more vulnerable when it’s wet and therefore breaks or tears much faster, it’s better to brush or comb straight hair.
Steep hair and tangles
Do you have straight hair and lots of tangles? Then it might be better to use your comb or brush on wet hair. But in that case, the best step is to find out why you have so many tangles, as your hair may be damaged.
Brushing or combing: what’s better?
Brushing and combing: Both are not good for your hair. But you have to do something if you don’t want to walk around with a bird’s nest on your head. There is a lot of difference in combs and brushes and the amount of damage they cause. It’s best to get rid of tangles with your fingers or with a wide-toothed comb.
Conclusion: Choose the path of least resistance. If you have curls or a lot of tangles, comb your hair in the shower with conditioner in it. If your hair is straight and has few tangles, it’s better to just comb your hair when it’s dry.