How to check if your comb or brush is causing hair loss

Is hair loss possible from a brush or comb?

The answer is yes, it is possible! Some believe it to be a myth, but finding large quantities or clumps of hair on your brush or comb after styling can be a distressing experience. Using the wrong type of brush or comb only aggravates an already damaged scalp. Repeated and excessive brushing causes friction on hair, leading to cuticle damage and breakage. The hair cuticle is a precious layer consisting of scales that envelop the hair shaft. To prevent hair loss and maintain soft, healthy locks those protective scales must remain well aligned, closed, and smooth.

How important is the material of your brush or comb?

First and foremost, the material of a brush or comb makes all the difference. What you need to determine is how compatible the brush is with your hair structure and if it’s made from synthetic materials or from metal. The friction caused by plastic and metal brushes and combs creates a lot of static. So when you start hearing the crackling sound of static, this is when the hair begins to become unmanageable and brittle. Such a reaction can disrupt the functioning of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves which are needed to stimulate cell reproduction. Additionally, plastic and metal combs or brushes have a tendency to harm the hair fiber directly. As a result, you start seeing signs of hair loss and thinning.

How to prevent hair loss and thinning

As an overall technique to prevent hair loss and thinning, consider opting for a styling comb or brush that is made from a material that closely corresponds to your hair type. This will significantly reduce friction and static. The closer the material is to the hair fiber, the less it clings to your strands and respects its overall condition. This is one of the best ways to protect the hair fiber and prevent hair loss and thinning. Amongst all the quality combs and brushes on the market, we recommend investing in a styling tool made from natural materials like the horn comb. Horn combs actually contain keratin (a protein found in human hair and skin) as it’s made from natural materials that do not cling to your hair.

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