Why wavy and curly hair shouldn't be brushed...

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Sorry folks...I have deleted this post since I was neither asked by the article's author to repost it, nor was I even told or notified that this post was being used in any other way outside of this forum. (I likely would have said yes, if asked.) I find that very rude and unprofessional. Sorry again to those who wanted to see my Hermione hair.
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Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59


Last edited by plunkybug; 04-21-2012 at 08:46 PM.
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Last edited by IAgirl; 04-30-2012 at 02:42 PM.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
LOL, this is great! Perfect explanation. And I love the step-by-step pics! This is exactly why I haven't brushed the length of my hair in...well, I can't remember!
Type 2c/3a with lots of hair and a super sensitive scalp! Med/slightly coarse texture, low porosity and elasticity.

Favorite...
Low poo: Organix TTM, Essential Wholesale Free & Clean
RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
Mod-CG since 12/1/10!
Haha this is the perfect explanation! One of my friends religiously brushes her poor wavy hair and it ends up looking exactly like that! XD
cat...im a kitty cat...and i dance dance dance
2B/2C hair!

Shampoo: GTTT, SheaMoisture
Condish Tresemme naturals, GFTN
DT: Lustrasilk + honey
LI: KCKT, GVP CB
Styling products: Ouidad CC, TIGI Catwalk, KCCC, PaulMitchell Sculpting Foam
Oils: Coconut
I love it LOL. Would be perfect hair I think for a witch costume for Halloween!
2b , waves and some spirals
Med/Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Low Elasticity

Sulfate/Silicone Free Since Jan 2011

Low Poo- CJ Curl Assurance, SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
RO - Y2C, CJ Beauticurls, GVPCB, SM Restorative Conditioner,
Stylers- Homemade FSG, KCC, BRHG
HG Techniques- Spritz and Condish, Icequeen method, plopping
Ha ha! Yes! And people always say "Oh, I love the brushed out soft waves look..." Umm, yeah, and those waves that brush out so well... were made with a curling iron. My hair starts to poof if it even hears the word "brush"!
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Thanks Plunky - great "slideshow!" I love your wrinkled forehead/raised eyebrows in the last one.
Originally Posted by IAgirl
Ha ha ha! Yeah. You can really see how happy I am in the pictures. As Queen Victoria never really said, "We are not amused."

I have an acquaintance who posted her hair the morning after she washed, and used it as an example of why she flat irons. And well, she said she had brushed it in the morning. I was like, first rule of a wavy and curly...put down the brush and back away slowly. She has wavy hair, and I just know if she knew more about it and how to care for it, she wouldn't feel the need to flat iron it. It could be really beautiful. It's a beautiful colour too. But you can see how dry and fried it is. I did say some other things that hopefully didn't get taken the wrong way. But since I knew I'd be washing today, I was like, what the heck, let me brush and take pictures. So I posted this to facebook as an example, though I did not call her out. I am helping a few other wavies and curlies too, so I thought it might be beneficial to more of my friends. Some of my friends are in wavy denial.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59


Last edited by plunkybug; 08-16-2011 at 01:24 AM.
Heather: First rule of wavy and curly hair...put the brush down, and back away slowly. You're asking for trouble brushing wavy or curly hair. I know, I used to do it, and I got pyramid hair, or triangle head, and fluffy hair. Getting tangles out should be with wet hair, loaded with conditioner and a wide toothed comb. My hair isn't perfect, nor will it ever be, but I have made some changes to my routine to make my wavy hair much more manageable and it seems to be better than it used to be. And now I don't straighten it (it never stayed straight anyway in Florida with the humidity and rain) but every now and then when I want a straight break. I'm not saying you shouldn't flat iron, but it is damaging, especially with prolonged use. If you want to learn more about working with your natural hair, I'll be happy to point you in the right direction, but if not, I respect your choice to do what you want with/to your hair.

I decided against posting her pic for privacy sake.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59


Last edited by plunkybug; 08-16-2011 at 07:49 PM.
LOL at your pics!

I have this problem with my daughter. She is 5 and has wavy hair - used to be ringlets but now more like big waves. I haven't figured out how to not brush her hair. I don't wash it daily because that would be a nightmare of epic proportions. As it is, when we do wash (which is basically whenever I wash mine I make her take a shower with me) there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. But yet, without washing it daily (and even if I washed daily it would be at night and so something would have to be done in the morning) I can't fix it without brushing the tangles and gunk out of it. I mean, she's a kid - she gets food and drink and dirt and probably boogers in her hair daily. It gets pulled up in a pony tail or half pony tail every day because hair in little girls' faces is not okay. So we brush. I don't put any product on it and it really doesn't frizz like yours did and mine would if I brushed it. Also using a boar bristle brush has helped dramatically. But I feel like I'm brushing the curl out of it and that makes me sad. I just don't know what to do with her hair!
I"m deleting this post. It had a minor reference to a family member. Since this thread has been linked in an article so it will be shared with a wider audience, I deleted it.
On a personal note, I believe linking this thread to an article without either asking or informing the original poster shows NaturallyCurly.com's lack of consideration for the original poster's feelings. This is the kind of post that many people would not want linked to the larger audience of a Naturally Curly article, especially when coupled with the title "I Don't Brush My Hair". NC.com did not ask her if they could use this potentially embarrassing thread in an article. NC.com also did not even have the courtesy to inform her after the fact that the article was used.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers

Last edited by pedaheh; 04-30-2012 at 04:36 PM.
This is too funny, and it reminds me of before I knew I was a wavy. I would brush my hair and have the puff ball and every day I would put it into a pony tail to reduce the fluff... If only I knew then what I know today!
Stopped fighting the pregnancy induced waves (9 year battle) and became natural 5/11
2a/b? fine, low porosity
co wash- say yes to carrots, strawberries and cream Vo5
low poo- Lor'eal ever pure
leave in- burt bees very volumizing watered down
gel- beautiful curls wavy-curly, LA looks sport
scrunch and pump works for me
To think I used to go out with my hair brushed
2c/3a - M/C - ii/iii
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1) I hear lately that it's good to brush at just the roots a little, to help move natural oils down a bit. But how do you do that without breaking and making poofs? Anyone do this in a way that works???

2)Also, has anyone since going natural wavy and leaving the brush been told you look like you lost hair. all my friensd back in humidville, WISCONSIN< I mean, used to only see me with my poofy huge hair because I brushed. Now that I style it wavy and live in dryville, Albuquerque, instead of getting comments, like, Man your hair looks better,.(because they used to make fun of me with the big hair), now instead of compliments, people say, "man did you lose half your hair." That does not make me feel good, as I have been shedding a lot lately. To be told you lost your hair, instead of, now it's controlled and styled better. Like my husband says when people have told me, is that "If you want to know you still have all your hair, brush it out." Just wondering if other people get told these things since making the big transformation.
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
1. Are people saying this when you brush it dry to wet? I almost always comb my wet hair in the shower.

2. My poof is definitely under control if I use my styling products. I have a ton of hair it just poofs out if I don't style it and just let it dry naturally. I think it becomes more compressed and manageable. And I'm shedding more too but I wonder if it's weather related...
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: CJ Beauticurls, CJ A&OO, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: Mop C, KCCC, SCE FSG
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

I think they're talking about that we shouldn't brush dry hair because it ruins our waves. I've been letting it go naturally lately, no product, and it surprisingly still curls and does it ringlet stuff. more frizz but more volume, which makes me feel more confident that I haven't lost half of my hair (like my niece so bluntly told me in front of tons of people). Since going to gel, oils, and leave ins, a lot more control, but a lot less volume. Even my pony tails and braids feel like little things, since like you said, the hair is compressed into clumps. But I just had to see for myself.


My biggest thing is knowing that brushing is good for scalp, as it gets natural oils to get into the hair and strengthen them. I'm trying to find a way to brush just the root area, to help with that, without compromising my waves/curl or causing breakage, just want to find a way to take advantage of those natural oils because I think my scalp would be happier. Anyone know of any ways to do this?
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
Mamaherrera...

Originally when I made this thread, I posted step by step photos of my hair once brushed dry, and it was incredibly fluffy and very unflattering. It was actually a bit of comic relief, as well as educational. But naturallycurly.com content editors gave this thread to a writer and told them to write an article about this, without informing me whatsoever. Because of this breach of mistrust, I have removed the photos. Had you seen them when this post was originally posted, it would make more sense. Without the pics, it's lacking.

As for distributing oils for the scalp...if you are massaging or scrubbing your scalp, you are stimulating the scalp. You can do this with wet hair or dry hair. You can massage oils into hair before washing. You can brush your hair if you like, but for me, since I end up looking like Hermione from the first Harry Potter film, I rarely brush. I admit I do brush very occasionally, but generally speaking, I'm going nowhere near the public so I won't scare them. It's usually before a bath or shower, or odd occasion that I blow dry straight. Or if I want the big fluffy undefined Texas big hair look.

Also, because wavies and curlies don't brush, that's why we generally need more moisturizing products...to balance it out.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59


Last edited by plunkybug; 06-26-2012 at 01:33 AM.
Thanks plunkybug, I got your point. Too bad they couldn't have just paid you to do a blog!! But anyways. . . . just a question. . . when you brush before a shower, how do you do it without breaking a lot of hair?? And doing that like say, once a week, does it loosen/ruin your waves/curls? Because I've been there, done that. I had almost straight hair through all my teens, from brushing all the time. Finally, I want to get natural oils to move, I don't necessarily want to add more oil to the scalp. Are you saying that massaging the head, moves those natural oils down the hair shaft? That would be great, I would do that then. I just want to strengthen my hair with it's natural stuff, they say brushing for straight haired people, makes their hair stronger, and I just wonder what we' can do to take advantage of that, without brushing!
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
I hardly brush. Maybe once every few months. As for the oils, I don't think it's of any importance to distribute them from the scalp so long as you're properly hydrating your hair and scalp with your hair routine.


Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

If you are looking for volume, have you tried a root shake? Put your fingers against your scalp and move them in circles. like a fast massage. Take care not to disturb the top layer. I hope your next move takes you to average dews city.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers

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