Is brushing dry hair bad?

I do comb my wet hair in the shower with conditioner using a wide tooth comb, but before I get into the shower I like to brush my hair out to make sure I get all the small tangles. (I use a square paddle brush with 100% boar bristle with ceramic infused pins by Goody)

Also, if I'm going to workout and do household stuff I'll put my hair up in a ponytail but I'll brush it out first to give it a smooth look.

Is all this bad for my hair? By the way, my hair is exactly like Sarah Jessica parker's hair on 'sex and the city.'

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for me, it's not. I only brush my hair dry after it is relatively detangled. It's like "polishing" it, a scalp massage, and distributing the oils, all in one.
ETA - don't do it very often.
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according to cg, it is damaging. i say you should stick to your co wide tooth comb routine. if your hair is more wavy then it won't matter as much, but brushing my hair makes it lose curl definition i end up with really poofy hair
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It's better than brushing your hair when its wet.
It's better than brushing your hair when its wet.
Originally Posted by keikok
That's what conventional wisdom suggests, but I think that applies more to straighter hair. I know I see more broken off little hairs if I try to touch my dry hair with a brush, unless it is *laden* with a product w/tons of slip.

Also, it seems to be a comparison of brushing hair that's just wet with water vs. dry hair. If you brush hair that's wet with a very slippery conditioner, this reduces drag (the force that causes damage whenever we use styling tools), so it should make your hair better off than brushing it dry.
The friction isn't the best thing for your hair, but it also depends on how easily tangled your hair becomes. I would never brush my dry curly hair.
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It's better than brushing your hair when its wet.
Originally Posted by keikok
That's what conventional wisdom suggests, but I think that applies more to straighter hair. I know I see more broken off little hairs if I try to touch my dry hair with a brush, unless it is *laden* with a product w/tons of slip.

Also, it seems to be a comparison of brushing hair that's just wet with water vs. dry hair. If you brush hair that's wet with a very slippery conditioner, this reduces drag (the force that causes damage whenever we use styling tools), so it should make your hair better off than brushing it dry.
Originally Posted by jeamaria
I was just always told to never brush hair when its wet, but I dont brush my hair at all right now because I'm afraid i'll rip it out. Do you really brush it when its wet with product? Why not comb it?
I was just always told to never brush hair when its wet, but I dont brush my hair at all right now because I'm afraid i'll rip it out. Do you really brush it when its wet with product? Why not comb it?
Originally Posted by keikok
I was always told that, too. And combs were also included. In particular, I remember when I was first starting to take care of my own hair, reading an article on hair care that said something to this effect; And most importantly, don't use a comb or brush while washing your hair.'

I tried to follow that advice, but experience got the upperhand (thankfully) and I continued detangling with conditioner, or even shampoo, using a comb that I had since I was a little girl. When that one broke last year, I tried others and they all seemed to have way too much drag on my hair, pulling it out from the roots, breaking it off at the ends, as well as causing a lot of frizz. My hair would act traumatized after using them. So I tried the Denman D4 brush and haven't looked back since.

BTW, this type of brush is not like a regular boar/nylon bristle brush, it probably has more in common with a comb, since each bristle is separate, more like the comb's teeth. It doesn't have a bunch of bristles in little packs together, or bendy plastic bristles with bobbles on the end that can get caught in your hair.

Unlike other brushes which just seem to kind of scrape at the top layers of the hair it really goes deeep into hair (really important if you have thick/densely packed hair), so all tangles & shed hair are removed, conditioner is better distributed. It has less reverb on my hair than a comb, doesn't frizz it out (some people use it to increase definition), and detangles far more quickly and effectively. Kinda long, but I hope that explains it.
Hi jeamaria,

I think you are on to something. I have heard other cg's mention that they to use the denman brush too. I have a question for you. Do you brush before you wash (meaning dry) or do you brush after you wet the hair and then conditon? I may have to try this! BTW what type of hair do you have? Are there differnent denman hair brushes for each type? Please let me thankyou inadvance for your time and advice.

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I was just always told to never brush hair when its wet, but I dont brush my hair at all right now because I'm afraid i'll rip it out. Do you really brush it when its wet with product? Why not comb it?
Originally Posted by keikok
I was always told that, too. And combs were also included. In particular, I remember when I was first starting to take care of my own hair, reading an article on hair care that said something to this effect; And most importantly, don't use a comb or brush while washing your hair.'

I tried to follow that advice, but experience got the upperhand (thankfully) and I continued detangling with conditioner, or even shampoo, using a comb that I had since I was a little girl. When that one broke last year, I tried others and they all seemed to have way too much drag on my hair, pulling it out from the roots, breaking it off at the ends, as well as causing a lot of frizz. My hair would act traumatized after using them. So I tried the Denman D4 brush and haven't looked back since.

BTW, this type of brush is not like a regular boar/nylon bristle brush, it probably has more in common with a comb, since each bristle is separate, more like the comb's teeth. It doesn't have a bunch of bristles in little packs together, or bendy plastic bristles with bobbles on the end that can get caught in your hair.

Unlike other brushes which just seem to kind of scrape at the top layers of the hair it really goes deeep into hair (really important if you have thick/densely packed hair), so all tangles & shed hair are removed, conditioner is better distributed. It has less reverb on my hair than a comb, doesn't frizz it out (some people use it to increase definition), and detangles far more quickly and effectively. Kinda long, but I hope that explains it.
Originally Posted by jeamaria
I want that. Where can I buy it?
Hi jeamaria,

I think you are on to something. I have heard other cg's mention that they to use the denman brush too. I have a question for you. Do you brush before you wash (meaning dry) or do you brush after you wet the hair and then conditon? I may have to try this! BTW what type of hair do you have? Are there differnent denman hair brushes for each type? Please let me thankyou inadvance for your time and advice.

God Bless
Originally Posted by Uptown Curls
@Uptown Curls: I brush mostly when my hair is full of conditioner in the shower, usually after letting the condish soak in for a few minutes. I don't try to detangle all my hair at once, though; I do so in 6-8 sections, and of course, from the ends up. Once I've rinsed my hair, I don't usually brush. Some people brush in their styler to get more defined curls, but my roots don't respond well to this (though the ends love it).

Sometimes I'll brush my dry hair, but it has to be full of a very slippery product and in so many sections, then I have to add more product to reclump the roots. . . it's usually too time-consuming.

Denman does specify brushes for types, but the ones that are most popular on curly boards tend to be the "styling" or " freeflow" brushes. Those are the most popular ones, because of their smooth nylon teeth, they are the D4, D3, D31, and D41. Other Denman brushes have traditional bristles, or the single spaced ones with bobbles on the ends, causing frizz and snags.

I personally use the D4. Some people don't like it because it has nine rows of teeth, so they opt for the D3 or D31, which have 7 rows.

@keikok: You can find these brushes at drugstores and beauty supply stores.

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