Have you been wondering how to brush curly hair without losing curls? Whether you’ve been embracing your curls your whole life or you’re still in the transitioning stage, it can be hard to nail down a routine that works for you every time. It’s understandable to try various different techniques to find the one that works for you. But what about brushing your hair? Some curlies only brush their hair when it’s soaking wet and covered in conditioner. Other curlies don’t mind brushing it dry even though it makes most, if not all of us look like some kind of crazy homeless person. So is brushing curly hair good or bad?
The general consensus is that brushing curly hair is bad, but we need to brush it sometimes to get rid of tangles, so what do we do? Well, whether you prefer to brush it dry before you shower, or brush it while you’re in the shower, there are ways to do it without damaging your curls.
However, there is (to the best of my knowledge) no way to brush curly hair and leave it for the day, unless, as mentioned above, you want to look like The Mad Hatter. But if that’s the look you’re going for, you do you – we won’t judge.
How to brush out curls without ruining them
In the video below, YouTuber Penny Tovar talks us through how and why she brushes her curlys when they are dry.
First, she covers her hair in either a deep conditioner (She uses the Shea Moisture Strengthen and Restore Treatment mask in this video – get it here) or coconut oil.
Next, she takes small sections of her hair and uses a boar brush (like this one – here) to gently brush through.
If brushing your curls dry isn’t for you, then brushing or combing them while they’re soaking wet is another option. This is usually done in the shower with deep conditioner on. Using a wide tooth comb or denman brush, gently comb your hair starting at the bottom.
Always start at the bottom of your hair, that way you won’t be pulling tangles from the top or mid-length section through to the bottom and it helps to get the get the tangles out easier.