Brushing naturally curly hair

When I'm having a bad hair day and in a rush, I usually just wet my hair and brush it into a bun using gel to slick it down.
Problem is, I am told that you are not supposed to use brushes on curly hair, because it will damage it.
So my question is, how do I get smooth, sleek hair without using or brush?
Or is there a special brush that will smooth my hair without damaging it?
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I think the damage you are talking about with brushing is when people with curly hair brush their hair when it is dry. I always use a Denman brush to help style my hair, but I only use it on wet, conditioned hair. There are some people who never brush or comb (only using their fingers to style) but they usually wear Wash and Go styles.

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I think the damage you are talking about with brushing is when people with curly hair brush their hair when it is dry. I always use a Denman brush to help style my hair, but I only use it on wet, conditioned hair. There are some people who never brush or comb (only using their fingers to style) but they usually wear Wash and Go styles.
Originally Posted by ElenaMaylee
If it's wet your hair gets damaged a lot more in general, not sure if that counts for brushing, I dont brush but I got 2a-2c hair
The no brushing rule is more about the cumulative damage of daily brushing, not about a one time event. Brushing your hair into a bun occasionally shouldn't be a big issue.
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Last edited by pedaheh; 11-04-2010 at 12:44 AM.
I didn't know there was a general rule, but I personally have not brushed my hair in like 3 years I can't get a brush through my hair when its dry. LOL When its wet I finger-style.
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I also think that the brushing rule is more about detangling the hair when it's dry, it breaks the hair and weakens it. But if you just use the brush to smooth the front of your hair especially if you have it wet and you have added gel to it you should be fine. I do that too, on second hair days, I smooth the front only and clip the rest of the hair or put it in a bun.
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I think the damage you are talking about with brushing is when people with curly hair brush their hair when it is dry. I always use a Denman brush to help style my hair, but I only use it on wet, conditioned hair. There are some people who never brush or comb (only using their fingers to style) but they usually wear Wash and Go styles.
Originally Posted by ElenaMaylee
I have a denman, but I just use it for smoothing out sections before flattwisting my hair (after detangling of course.

but I have never used it to smooth my hair into a bun, i use a plastic bristle brush for that, but Im starting to worry that its damaging my hair
The no brushing rule is more about the cumulative damage of daily brushing, not about a one time event. Brushing your hair into a bun occasionally shouldn't be a big issue.
My hair is wavy, not curly, but I imagine you could just gather it into a bun for a softer, more casual look.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
my hair is too poufy and short for a loose bun, and wont really look nice if I have to dress up like in the pic I attached, but it seems like I have brushed my hair into a bun like once a week for the past month and a half, is that too much?
my hair is too poufy and short for a loose bun, and wont really look nice if I have to dress up like in the pic I attached, but it seems like I have brushed my hair into a bun like once a week for the past month and a half, is that too much?
Originally Posted by rochellg
I use a brush a lot on wet hair to get my hair into a ponytail. If I don't comb out all the knots, it gives me a headache! I don't think you're damaging your hair unless you see visible damage--more baby hairs, splits, etc. IMHO once a week should be fine.

I think the damage you are talking about with brushing is when people with curly hair brush their hair when it is dry. I always use a Denman brush to help style my hair, but I only use it on wet, conditioned hair. There are some people who never brush or comb (only using their fingers to style) but they usually wear Wash and Go styles.
Originally Posted by ElenaMaylee
If it's wet your hair gets damaged a lot more in general, not sure if that counts for brushing, I dont brush but I got 2a-2c hair
Originally Posted by MVP_
Wet hair is more likely to be damaged during detangling, yes, because the hair becomes stretchier. But if the brusher/comber is gentle, they shouldn't cause significantly more damage than brushing or combing dry.

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I have nearly WL hair and I haven't used anything but a Denman and my fingers in over a year. I just don't get good product distribution without it. I only use it while wet. I start at the ends and work upward toward my scalp for detanging. I'm slow and I"m careful and my hair is absolutely swimming in high-slip conditioner. I haven't noticed any abnormal damage.
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The no brushing rule is more about the cumulative damage of daily brushing, not about a one time event. Brushing your hair into a bun occasionally shouldn't be a big issue.
My hair is wavy, not curly, but I imagine you could just gather it into a bun for a softer, more casual look.
Originally Posted by pedaheh
my hair is too poufy and short for a loose bun, and wont really look nice if I have to dress up like in the pic I attached, but it seems like I have brushed my hair into a bun like once a week for the past month and a half, is that too much?
Originally Posted by rochelleg
Sorry. When I was replying I got confused with another post and was thinking you had 3a or 3b hair. I can see where brushing your hair into a bun would work much better.
How much brushing is OK for your hair depends on how susceptible your hair is to damage. Some people can attack their hair in all manner of ways with few repercussions. Others have hair that is easily susceptible to damage and gets easily damaged from crazy things like sun and wind.
I say be as gentle as you can and keep an eye on your hair so you notice if it is getting damaged. I'd guess you are fine brushing into a bun once a week.
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I do believe some women don't brush b/c it has thinned their hair a bit in the front. (the edges)

Some people use a toothbrush or soft boar bristle brush to brush their edges down b/c those 2 things are waaay softer than a regularly nylon brush.
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I do believe some women don't brush b/c it has thinned their hair a bit in the front. (the edges)

Some people use a toothbrush or soft boar bristle brush to brush their edges down b/c those 2 things are waaay softer than a regularly nylon brush.
Originally Posted by Liyah
what did u use to smooth down your hair in your profile pic?

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