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sew and sew 03-11-2007 10:41 PM

Update on brushing out curls
Just thought I'd share an update incase anyone else wants to ever give this a shot. Brushing out my curls started out as messing around but I discovered something I thought impossible to have with hair that is 3b when air dryed and left totally alone.

A little while ago I posted about discovering that after brushing out my curls and the initial huge poofball effect, I found that adding in oils and brushing out more really tamed it beyond what I ever thought possible. It's still going really well and I think it's actually increased the health of my hair in general due to distrubuting natural oils on a regular basis.

I just washed and conditioned my hair and let it air dry without anything, currently it looks a lot like Minnie Drivers curls. Later I'll brush it out (gently) and work through some coconut cream, and then I'll brush through again and use some jojoba oil. For a little while I'll let it set in a loose braid. Brush it some more in the morning so it looks neat and the end effect is it's still doing the whole Veronica Lake thing (only without the intense side part).

It still surprises me that breaking the holy grail of all rules hasn't been bad yet. As long as I'm not breaking the hairs while brushing, it seems like it's been a healthy step more than anything. Most of all I am loving that the only thing between wearing two entirely different hair styles (3b curls) and the wavy-loose curls at the end look is simply brushing.

A little while after finding this site I began to notice curly girls that obviously brushed their hair out, and probably thought their hair was naturally really wavy as opposed to curly...just also really tangled and frizzy. That if they conditoned more and didn't brush, they'd be sporting a lot of defined curls. Before finding this site I didn't realise how curly my hair was really-had it just been left alone. Before I'd stop after brushing a bit as I thought it's just what you do with hair-you brush it, but 'mines difficult, so I won't brush it a lot.' Now I've found that the opposite approach on both ends of that coins makes for two different but wearable hairstyles. The brushing out and using a bit of oil way doesn't net a ton of frizz (as in that point where all the curls become frizz is worked past), it's not like straight hair, but it looks pretty neat.

Kaia 03-12-2007 09:15 AM

Pics? :wink:

sew and sew 03-12-2007 05:55 PM

Sorry, I'd upload some if I had a cam! For a basic idea, google pics of Veronica Lake.

CurliLocks 03-12-2007 06:39 PM

Sounds pretty. My grandmother had curly hair but always brushed it out each morning and put it in a braid and pinned into a bun. I have a feeling her hair was at least 3b if she'd have not brushed it out. It was beautiful and wavy after she brushed it.

A friend of mine has 3c hair and also brushes daily but when wet, and her curls always just corkscrew right back up!

FYI: I don't know what area of CA you're in, but if you're in the Bay Area, check out the CA BA gathering thread on the gathering board. :)

Shelbynicole91 03-13-2007 12:48 AM

omg i know exactlly what you mean! lol see my mom would always just let my hair go crazy curly up until i was in grade, then i discoverd that if i just brudhed out my curls id have wavy..and..well poofy hair, lol, but id always braid it at night, so the effect was pretty cool. but know im back to letting it go crazy curly, no brushing. but sometimes i will brush my curls out when there dry, then braid it, it comes out as a wavy kinda frizzy, idk i really dont feel like me unless my hairs hanging low all curly crazy, haha but ya i know what you mean with the whole 2 diffrent hairstyles, i have em too..its just up until i was older i would always brush em out, so i never really knew how curly they really were! lmao

1000needles 03-14-2007 04:16 PM

I always brush my hair. I did end up buying a comb, and comb my hair in the shower with conditioner in it, but it's widetooth so it doesn't untangle very well. When I get out of the shower I brush it. My hair's good and bad days are random.

tooj68 03-14-2007 08:48 PM

Do you mean brushing it AFTER it's dry? I want looser, wavy hair (I'm 3B) but the thought of brushing my hair when dry is Roseanne Rosannadanna's east-west fro!

sew and sew 03-16-2007 03:37 PM


Originally Posted by tooj68
Do you mean brushing it AFTER it's dry? I want looser, wavy hair (I'm 3B) but the thought of brushing my hair when dry is Roseanne Rosannadanna's east-west fro!

Yeah, while dry. My hair does the same thing, *HUGE* poof. That's why before I never thought of ever working from that state.

Oregano (formerly babywavy) 03-16-2007 03:42 PM

If I brush my hair out while there isn't too much product in it, it doesn't get too poofy or frizzy. It also helps if I don't diffuse, or use any curl enhancing products. If I encourage the curl TOO much it will be harder to brush out. But if it is really poofy/frizzy, I'll twist it up into a quick bun for about 10 or 15 minutes while I go about the rest of my routine, and that calms it a bit.

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