Part of your normal haircare routine, brushing your hair can contribute to hair health. It’s important to brush your hair to distribute the naturally occurring oils that secrete from your scalp. These oils help nourish the hair shaft for shinier, healthier hair.
That being said, the short answer is yes… sometimes.
Your hair goes through cycles and it falls out once that cycle is complete. Normal hair fall is about 50-100 strands per day. If you brush your hair too much, tangled hair can break or be pulled out, thus increasing the rate at which your hair falls out. Too much friction from bristles can cause permanent damage. Cheap brushes can also cause your hair to break, which can lead to split ends.
At the same time, brushing your hair is an important part of hair maintenance.
So what can you do? Here are some tips to avoid over-brushing that can lead to damage or hair loss:
Do not brush wet hair. Wet hair is far more susceptible to damage and can break easier if you attempt to brush it. Instead, brush right before a shower if your hair “poofs” when brushed, or comb gently right after conditioning in the shower.
Brush to detangle. Don’t brush your hair if you don’t need to. Frequent and unnecessary brushing can strain the hair follicles.
Try a Boar Bristle Brush. These brushes are more gentle on hair, but are also effective in detangling. Inexpensive plastic can lead to more breakage.