When hair starts to thin, it can become more fragile and prone to breakage. This makes the combing process require more care and caution to avoid causing excessive hair loss. So what’s the proper technique for combing thinning hair?
How to Comb Thinning Hair
Comb thinning hair very gently using a wide-tooth comb, slowly working through small sections from the ends up to the roots to avoid ripping, tugging, or causing stress to fragile hairs.
Use a Wide-Tooth Comb
Choose a comb with widely spaced, rounded plastic teeth. This glides through hair more gently than fine combs.
Work in Small Sections
Divide hair into four sections and comb just one at a time so hairs don’t tangle and knot.
Start at the Ends
Gently work the comb from the ends upward towards the roots to untangle without pulling.
Rinse with Cold Water
Finish combing only after conditioning and rinsing with cool water to seal the cuticle.
What to Avoid When Combing Thinning Hair
Certain combing mistakes can aggravate hair loss. Avoid:
Thin combs scratch the scalp and get stuck in fragile strands.
Combing Wet Hair
Never comb strands when dripping wet as they are most prone to breakage then.
Don’t rip through knots as this can pull out hair.
Combing All Sections Together
Combing it all at once stresses wide areas of hair unnecessarily.
How to Be Gentler When Combing
Here are some extra tips for combing thinning hair as gently as possible:
Use a Pre-Shampoo Treatment
Coat strands with oil before washing to reduce tangling during combing.
Only comb hair after cleansing and conditioning to protect strands.
Always Start At the Ends
Never begin combing at the roots as this can rip hair out.
Hold the Comb Horizontally
This puts less tension on strands than vertical combing.
Combing Techniques to Avoid Traction Alopecia
When arranging thinning hair, also avoid these styling mistakes:
Don’t pull hair tightly back into ponytails or buns every day.
Repeated backcombing or teasing strains the roots.
Don’t brush back hair harshly or sweep it straight up.
Heavy Hair Accessories
Avoid bulky clips, ornaments or extensions that pull on strands.
When to See a Dermatologist
See a doctor if your hair continues to shed excessively despite gentle combing and styling techniques. Specialized treatments can get increased thinning under control.
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