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. Today, I’m sharing The Right Way To Brush Curly Hair.

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

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Because curly hair is unique in every way, it requires a specific detangling technique. We were the girls the locker room who never carried a brush in our bag because it wasn’t as simple as just whipping it out and brushing your hair.

Had we done that, we would have walked out of the locker room looking like a lion. Yikes!

Still, detangling has to happen at some point. Although some curly girl stick to only finger detangling, I believe that you can brush curls hair and can even brush it dry. There are just a few things you need to do differently than most people.

If you are not detangling curly hair properly, you could cause damage and even hair loss.

In order keep your curls happy and healthy, it is super important that you incorporate proper detangling into your hair regime.

The Right Way To Brush Curly Hair

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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. 

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Don’t Underestimate Finger Detangling

One of the best ways to detangle your curls is by simply using your fingers.

Wet your hair thoroughly and apply your favorite conditioner or oil. Message through your hair then gently run your fingers through each section of your hair breaking up tangles.

One huge pro to finger detangling is that it helps to keep your natural curl clumps together and maintain your curl pattern throughout your wash

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. It’s so interesting because we’ve been told for years to only brush our hair when it’s wet.

I personally prefer to detangle while my hair is wet the majority of the time. But I do like to use a Behairful brush to dry detangle from time to time.

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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. 

Rather than brushing from root to tip, always brush dry hair from the bottom to the top.

This helps break up tangles in small increments and causes less damage overall. 

Choose Your Brush Wisely 

Choosing the right brush is key when it comes to brushing curly hair. 

Make sure that your brush is designed for curly hair and don’t get off brands. 

This is an area where you don’t skimp on cost. 

Off brands are typically less expensive because they are made of lower quality materials which give you a lower quality product.

They are typically a cheaper design which means that it doesn’t do as good of a job maintaining your curl pattern. 

Consider purchasing a brush an investment. 

Since brushes last many many years, your price per use is very very small. My two favorite brushes are the Behairful brush and the Classic Denman brush. You can read my full review here.

Keep your brush clean 

Clean your brush after each use. 

It normal for curly girl’s to shed quite a bit because when hair strands fall out on other girls, ours typically stay in our hair so it seems like we lose more. 

Always clean your brush of hair strands and even rinse it off from time to time to get any oil or dirt build-up. 

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In Conclusion:

How you brush curly hair matters. 

If you don’t take the time to learn how to properly detangle your hair, you can kiss and dream of having long curls goodbye. 

Always start with a pre-poo to loosen the tangles without damaging your hair.

Don’t be afraid to use your fingers to gently detangle your curls.

Choose a brush that is designed for curly hair.

And always keep your brush clean.


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