The golden rule for brushing
You’re not raking fall leaves; be gentle. “Even if you use the best brush, vigorous brushing can remove layers of your hair’s protective outer cuticle—and this can weaken strands and make them more vulnerable to damage from other things, such as daily styling, UV rays, and color processing,” says Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley.
The best brush for thin, delicate, or damaged hair
The wrong type of brush can cause a great deal of damage to your hair, so it’s important to choose carefully. “For many women who come into our New York Clinic with hair breakage and a sore scalp, their brush is an exacerbating factor,” explains Kingsley. Struggling with thinning strands? Mason Pearson makes a Sensitive Bristle Brush specifically designed for thinning or ultra-fine locks. Not only is this brush super gentle, but it stimulates the scalp to promote hair growth. Another top pick: The Spornette #342 De Ville Cushion Brush is ideal if hair loss or excessive shedding is an issue. These are the rules for people with thin hair.