The type of brush you should never use on wet hair

One thing we all know about hair care is that you should never brush your hair when it's wet. As David Adams, a consultant trichologist at FOURTEENJAY in New York, explained to The Sunday Edit, "When hair is wet, it will stretch to three times its original length and return to normal when dry." He continued, "If the hair has been damaged by chemical treatments or if the hair is naturally fine or weak, brushing when wet may stretch the hair and break it." Yikes! But if you must, it's worth noting that some brushes are worse than others.

According to Good Housekeeping, boar bristle brushes with beads on the end are an absolute nightmare for your hair as they tangle rather than detangle. Instead, "go for something with wider tooth comb, like a paddle brush. Or even a vent brush," celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Colombini told Huffington Post. "You wouldn't try to brush wet hair with a round brush as it's too dense," he continued.

The best thing you can do for your hair is brush it before you wet it rather than after

If you have extra fine or weak hair (and you're set on brushing it when it's wet), you should consider brushing it in the shower when you're applying your hair care products. "It is always better to apply conditioner in the shower and use a wide-tooth comb to comb out the hair, then rinse and comb again," Adams told The Sunday Edit. Sounds easy enough!

But ultimately, most hairstylists believe the best thing you can do for your hair is to brush it before you wet it. "Always brush hair out dry before shampooing and conditioning because brushing knots out of wet hair can lead to major breakage," hairstylist Kirsten Patterson advised Allure. It's small things like this that can really make a difference and help you maintain (or even achieve) healthy, strong hair.