Curly Hair Care,  Technique Matters

The Right Way To Brush Curly Hair

Detangling curls is no small task. 

Whether your hair has tight coils or loose waves, it’s super important that you are giving your curls the care they need when it comes to detangling. 

It’s important to detangle your hair before you wash because curls tend to create matted curls that can lead to hair loss.

But curly hair is very temperamental when it comes to brushing. If done wrong you will end up with a frizzy mess and damaged curls. 

Start with a pre-poo

I’m a big believer in doing a quick pre-poo before you begin the detangling process. You can read more about a pre-poo here. 

This helps to train your curls and makes it really easy to get the tangles out without damaging your hair. 

Brush While Wet Or Dry?

This is something I found really confusing when I first began my curly girl journey. 

You will find dozens of curlies that will ONLY brush their hair wet while others swear by brushing dry. 

Naturallycurly’s curl chemist Tonya McKay says that dry hair stretches 20%-30% when force is applied and wet hair stretched 50% which makes it more fragile and easier to cause breakage.

The short answer is, it really depends on your curl type. 

Curlies with tight curls or coils should use a spray bottle with a bit of conditioner while people with wavy or loose curls can brush while their hair is dry.

It’s best to apply oil prior to brushing to help detangle. 

Don’t Brush From Root To Tip

This puts a lot of strain on the hair shaft and can cause breakage.

Instead, start from the bottom and work your way to the top, gently detangling as you go. 

Choose Your Brush Wisely 

Choosing the right brush for detangling is key!

I’m using Behairful Brush in this video and absolutely LOVE how it gently detangles. 

You can see in the video that there is barely any hair in the brush after I’m done.

Always Clean Your Brush 

Remember to remove any hair and wash the product off your brush by creating a soap bath with a bit of shampoo. 

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Colleen

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