Bad Advice from Online Article

Maybe this isn't the right place for it, but has anyone read this article? http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...urly_hair.html

It's full of so many fallacies and stereotypes I couldn't believe it. Curly hair is brittle? News to me. Curly hair is naturally dry? Not mine. My hair can only deal with the lightest of conditioners or it turns into a fuzzy mess. Braid your hair to create comely corkscrews? No, that just creates crimps. Never use a blow dryer? Someone needs to tell this girl about diffusers. Or better yet, just direct her to this site for more accurate information starting with the fact that all curls are not alike.
That is ridiculous and wrong. Obviously the person who wrote that is a straightie since she has clearly proven she has no idea how to work with curly hair. Brush curls when wet? For the most part curly hair should NEVER even be brushed! Put curly hair in braids to dry? While some may choose to do that, it is not the only option. There is a wonderful tool called a DIFFUSER. I am so mad I cannot even think straight.

I just left a nasty comment about the article. I encourage you all to do the same.
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I did the same. What horrible advice!!! AUGH....I hate when a writer gives out bad advice like this because you know that someone, somewhere is following it and making a mess of their hair.
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Uh oh. I didn't mean to start an angry comment campaign. I just thought it was sad and frustrating that someone who apparently doesn't know enough about the subject is giving bad advice to others who don't know how to care for their curls. Her profile suggests the author is just a teenager, but I'm not sure. It sounds like another generation has been taught these stereotypes about curly hair being damaged hair.
Well, not all of it was bad/incorrect. For some curlies, especially those with tighter/kinkier textures, the hair IS dry. Which can sometimes become brittle if the hair isn't maintaining the proper moisture balance.

Also, many curlies use paddle or vent brushed to detangle(when saturated with conditioner and on wet hair), and you definitely shouldn't use those on dry hair. Using these brushes on dry hair would be disasterous. The comment on using wide-tooth combs also was correct.

Using the direct heat from blow-dryers CAN be damaging. Using a diffuser helps minimize it(I sometimes use a diffuser), but using heat directly on the hair can potentially dry it out. I think that's what she was trying to say(direct heat=damage), though she should have mentioned that there are attachments that can be used. And I believe it is better to air-dry. Not the most convenient, but if you have the time and nowhere to go, it is a better option IMO.

In addition, many tighter curlies braid their hair at night to prevent the hair from retangling and frizzing(which can be a pain in the azz). I think that maybe this advice is geared towards tighter-textured curlies. The more I read, the more some of the information made sense to me.

What I don't agree with is just using shampoo/conditioner specifically for curly hair. There are enumerous brands marketed to curly/kinky hair that are horrible(with the exception of brands such as Curls, Jessicurl, Curl Jinkie, etc). But there are also brands that aren't marketed to curly hair that work great! What they should have talked about are the ingredients that are beneficial, ingredients/products to avoid, provided broader advice for the various types of curls, etc.

I think the writer is more guilty of not providing more information about curls that everyone can take from. The information seems limited to only higher textured curlies.
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Well, I was going to send her a note but it was too much work to sign up!

Anyway, I feel badly for anyone with curly hair who follows her suggestions, hopefully she won't touch many people.

ETA: I did get to leave comments, I was going about it the wrong way before!
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I didn't think the article was bad. But I think that it seemed to be geared towards ladies with tighter texture.
I brush my hair only when it's damp. I use a paddle brush with [lastic bristles. It seems to work for me. Also I put it in braids after washing to air-dry. And the blow dryer, diffuser or not, is murder for my hair.
I don't agree that you buy shampoo and conditioner geared only to curly hair, as I believe the secret lies in the ingredients and not what the say in the front of the bottle.
But, again, the article seems to apply to some and not to others.
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I didn't think the article was bad. But I think that it seemed to be geared towards ladies with tighter texture.
I brush my hair only when it's damp. I use a paddle brush with [lastic bristles. It seems to work for me. Also I put it in braids after washing to air-dry. And the blow dryer, diffuser or not, is murder for my hair.
I don't agree that you buy shampoo and conditioner geared only to curly hair, as I believe the secret lies in the ingredients and not what the say in the front of the bottle.
But, again, the article seems to apply to some and not to others.
Originally Posted by ToyToy
Your hair actually dries in braids?? Even if I do superhumanly-loose braids or barely twist some strands together, a whole day or more later my hair will still be damp!
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I didn't think the article was bad. But I think that it seemed to be geared towards ladies with tighter texture.
I brush my hair only when it's damp. I use a paddle brush with [lastic bristles. It seems to work for me. Also I put it in braids after washing to air-dry. And the blow dryer, diffuser or not, is murder for my hair.
I don't agree that you buy shampoo and conditioner geared only to curly hair, as I believe the secret lies in the ingredients and not what the say in the front of the bottle.
But, again, the article seems to apply to some and not to others.
Originally Posted by ToyToy
Your hair actually dries in braids?? Even if I do superhumanly-loose braids or barely twist some strands together, a whole day or more later my hair will still be damp!
Originally Posted by wild_sasparilla
Yes it does!! Braiding when damp also keeps my hair from becoming a tangled mess. Coupled with some shea butter, my hair dries super soft!!
Bear in mind, I have 4a hair (according to the Andre System).
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Yeah, I agree that the advice was more relevant to highly textured curly/natural hair than to wavies or less textured curlies. I also didn't agree with the curly hair only products.
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