2 Easy Everyday Steps for Shinier, Healthier Hair

by Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour

There's something about fall that makes me crave mirror-like glossy hair--perhaps it's the new-fashion overload that happens this time of year, or perhaps it's just that hair gets so toasted and dull in the summer sun/water. In any case, I am reminding myself to use these two easy everyday tricks that lead directly to healthier, shinier hair, from Hollywood hair-rehab guy Philip B.

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Use a wide-tooth comb, not a brush, to detangle wet or damp hair. "Your hair is weaker and more elastic when wet, so brushing it can lead to breakage and split ends," Philip B says. Even though I've heard this advice so many times, I often cheat and use whatever brush happens to be laying around post-shower--but I just invested in an awesome really-wide-tooth comb and am keeping it right in my shower to remind myself to use it. I also use it to comb conditioner through.

Use a brush as a sort of natural conditioning tool. "A good brushing is an exfoliation treatment for your scalp. It stimulates cell turnover to make your hair stronger and healthier, drags the natural conditioning oils from your scalp to your ends to keep them shiny and moisturized and also buffs the hair cuticle to boost overall glossiness," Philip B says. "But forget the old wives' tale about brushing your hair 100 times each night--it's excessive and might be damaging. Instead, aim for 10-20 strokes, depending on the thickness of your hair. Use a pure boar bristle brush if you have fine, wispy hair; if your hair is normal to thick, look for a brush that contains a mix of natural boar's hair and nylon bristles." Check out his brush collection if you're in the market for the right one.

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Do you do these two things daily to keep your hair shiny and healthy--or do you end up brushing your wet hair in a rush, or not brushing your hair at all? Tell us a bit about your hair habits in the comments below.

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