Wet Brushing

I've seen this method/technique mentioned on this board and in some online photo albums. What is it?
yea, i've seen this too but never really understood it...anybody?
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It can be either 1) where you comb and then brush your conditioner through with a paddle-type brush, 2) where you brush your hair (wet) after you apply your styling products. Some people do both. I find the first method helps my curls clump nicely.
Thanks Babyphat21. I wondered if anyone was going to answer.

Anyone else have clarification for us?
2) where you brush your hair (wet) after you apply your styling products.
Originally Posted by babyphat21
This is what I do. After I get out of the shower, I put gel on my edges and smooth them down with my fingers. Then I run my brush under cold water and brush the gel from my edges down through the rest of my hair.
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I wet my hair, apply a palmful of conditioner all over, and then use a vent or paddle brush to detangle. That is what I mean by wet brushing.

I've tried brushing product in but it doesn't do that much for me - same with combing.
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I wet brush also. I saturate my hair with conditioner, let it soak in for a few minutes, then wet brush it through. Lately I've been brushing the product through as well because I don't distribute product very well with my fingers anymore.

If I don't wet brush my conditioner through, my hair just won't look right. There have been a few times when I finger combed my conditioner through and my hair turned out okay but...I like to wet brush to ensure that I've gotten as many tangles as possible. This keeps my hair looking more uniform and from being tangled like crazy.

For those that do wet brush with a denham/paddle brush, do you always have hair left in the brush? I do. I'm not too concerned about it because I know hair naturally sheds and I haven't noticed a difference in my hair's thickness.
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Thanks again to you guys for replying.

Bianca - Are your roots the part of your hair that requires the most taming? When you brush it to the ends, is the rest of your hair getting gel also? Or do you just like it tamed at the root and fluffy as you get more toward the ends?

Curltopia - Appreciate the explanation. I believe I've used your technique but I have to section my hair off and apply the conditioner.

Kandesnb - cute pics! I use the Denman D3 and yes, my hair sheds in the brush but not an alarming amount.
My hair sheds in my denman also, but not alot at all. I am amazed by how much I dont shed.
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thanks for the detailed explanations!
a crazy 4a/3c mix
o/s; thin; thready/cottony?
http://public.fotki.com/natakue/
Kandes, what does brushing in product do for you? Once I "wet-combed" my hair into a side ponytail with gel and it looked nice for a while, then I got extreme shrinkage... which I never get... I only have about 4-5 inches of shrinkage. When I got done my ponytail looked like it was 3 inches long!!
Kandes, what does brushing in product do for you? Once I "wet-combed" my hair into a side ponytail with gel and it looked nice for a while, then I got extreme shrinkage... which I never get... I only have about 4-5 inches of shrinkage. When I got done my ponytail looked like it was 3 inches long!!
Originally Posted by babyphat21
Brushing helps distribute my product. When I do it, I like for my hair to be soaking wet. Also, when I wet brush, my hair clumps really well and my curls are actually bigger and stretched out. Now, if I wet brush my hair when it's damp or towel-dried, I end up with stringy curls and shrinkage that look like . It ends up looking like a curly afro, if that makes any sense at all. Also, I've noticed that when I use creamy, heavy products, I have less shrinkage.

I really need to take some pictures of this. Most of the pictures on my fotki are of styled hair and not hair "during the process" of styling. You know?
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Question - is wet brushing a part of your final styling routine or do you rinse the conditioner out after you wet brush?
Bianca - Are your roots the part of your hair that requires the most taming? When you brush it to the ends, is the rest of your hair getting gel also? Or do you just like it tamed at the root and fluffy as you get more toward the ends?
Originally Posted by Princess725
My edges get crazy if I let them. When I apply products all over my hair, I get defined, clumped curls (if I'm using the right product and all the stars are lined up in my favor ), but my edges seperate and get really weird. I don't like to tye on a scarf becuase it looks odd to me to have flat smooth, wavy edges and big poofy hair the rest of the way unless it's a ponytail.

So the the gel is mostly for my edges. When I brush it through, some gel is distributed to the canopy and sides of my hair. I don't slather it all over like other products though.

I hope that helps you a little!
Shampoo: Herbal Essences-NOYF

Conditioner: Herbal Essences NOYF Conditioner mixed w/ Coppola Keratin Complex Conditioner

+ TJ Nourish and Olive oil combo.
Hmmm... I may have to try this. My hair was only a little wet when I tried this before. Kandes, what styling products do you use?
ok, i'm feeling kinda dense i detangle in the shower when i co-wash with a brush...is this wet brushing too, or does it have to involve finishing products?

and some people are saying they apply conditioner and then wet brush, but they don't distribute product by wet-brushing...but isn't that what happens after you brush your hair that you've put conditioner in...or is this your co-wash process you were referring to?

sorry
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I brush my conditioner through my hair as part of my cowash process.
Wet brushing doesn't damage your hair?

I was always taught that brushing your hair wet would destroy your ends. I may have to start if it doesn't though.
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It depends on what your hair likes. I have extremely strong hair, as I figured out when I had a perm. I relaxed my hair twice within a week because my ends were still not straight, and I flat ironed my hair twice a day but it was still armpit length

The point: No, wet brushing is not damaging if you are careful and use the brush best for your hair. I have to use a cushioned paddle brush with TIPS or else I get jacked up ends. Some have to use tip-less. It all depends on you.
My hair doesnt mind it either. I soak it up with conditioner, then comb through starting from the back working to the front. I also apply my styling product like this in the same manner using the denman.
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