I never use a brush.
I spritz it with my mix of water & oils (and occasionally even small amounts of A-cones if it's too frizzy). Then I rake it back with my fingers and put it up in a poof. I actually like the "bumpies" and I, too, leave a few curls out in the front, so it doesn't look severe.

"Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.' "
- Charlie Brown
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