Are you unknowingly sabotaging your hair? When it comes to your mane, the little things really do add up.More
"Boar bristles grip hair really tightly and pull hair's oils through it," explains hairstylist Cash Lawless. That sounds like a good thing, but for everyday brushing, that grip and friction can damage the hair's outer layer. Dense, boar-bristle brushes are also a definite no-no on soaking wet hair, which is extra vulnerable to breakage. Limit the brush's place in your arsenal to styling: It's great to use towards the end of a blowout when hair is about 75 percent dry for extra smoothing.
Stylists love the Wet Brush. "It has nylon bristles that bend as they go through hair," explains Lawless. If your bristles have some give, your hair doesn't have to—which means no breaks or nicks. While that's especially important when brushing wet hair, gentle, wide-set nylon bristles are a win on dry hair, too.