A curly hair guide to brushing your hair!

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Those with curly hair know that a hair brush is not their best friend, so here is a curly hair guide to brushing your hair!

There are many benefits to brushing your hair but if only works if you know the best way to brush those curls. Brushing adds shine, detangles hair and promotes blood flow to your scalp. Not know when and what tool to use, can be detrimental to your curl pattern, so it’s important to learn the best way to brush your hair.

Hopefully we can help you prevent damage and promote hair growth with our curly hair guide to brushing your hair!

Does brushing ruin your curl pattern?

If you brush you hair correctly, the answer is no. Once you are using the right brush and products for your hair, you don’t have to worry about damage.

Should you brush wet or dry hair?

We know you have been taught that brushing wet hair is bad for it as that is its most fragile state. But you have to go against your instinct as it is generally better to brush your curls when they are wet, to ensure you don’t lose your curl or give yourself a frizzy mane. Detangling is much easier when wet as well and will actually add more definition to your curl. Not only this, but brushing when dry can actually damage your hair by causing breakage.

Choosing the right hair brush

It is really important that you choose a brush with the right bristles. Curly and dry tend to go hand in hand so if you choose the wrong brush you can cause a lot of breakage. Curly hair need boar or nylon bristles as they can’t handle plastic ones. You might want to pass on the cheap Penny’s brushes and invest in a little more expensive one.

Best Brushes to choose;
  1. Denman Classic D3 Styling Brush – this brush has more bristles that are closer together meaning they will help with curl definition.
  2. Tangle Teezer The Wet Detangler Hairbrush Millennial – perfect for brushing wet hair and detangling.
  3. Regular Tangle Teezer – since curly hair is prone to dryness and getting tangled, the tangle teezer can can help glide through knotty hair.
  4. Cantu Ultra Glide Detangling Brush – this brush helps minimise breakage while also defining curls.
  5. WetBrush Detangling Comb – a comb is a great alternative to a brush and can help with detangling.

Using a massage brush in the shower also has many benefits for your hair. While in the shower this brush stimulates blood flow to the scalp, removes all the build up from various products and exfoliates. Your shampoo can also better penetrate the scalp and deliver the ingredients more effectively.

How often should you brush curly hair?

Brushing promotes scalp stimulation and helps distributes your natural oils from the scalp. Since you shouldn;t be washing your hair too frequently, brushing on wash days is enough. Since curly hair is curly and not straight, when your hair sheds it stays stuck in amongst your other hair and can cause it to get knotty. So if you only brush your hair on wash days it can help keep those shed hairs from tangling your hair too much.

You also shouldn’t start brushing your hair at the root. Start a few inches from the end and slowly work your way to the top. You don’t want to be tugging on your hair and causing excessive damage.

So what should you do?

  • Use a leave in conditioner to provide as much moisture as possible
  • Use oils for shine
  • Use a wide tooth comb or a brush with lots of space in between bristles to avoid breakage
  • Avoid heat
  • Only brush on wash days
  • Brush from the end up
  • Protect your hair when sleeping buy using a silk pillow case or silk bonnet

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