That said, is brushing your hair a good idea?
For naturals, this seemingly simple question is actually not so straightforward.
The short answer is yes, but you can’t just grab any old brush and dive in. The proper tools and prep are essential.
Try this easy, three-step method:
Step 1. Unsnag dry curls
Before you pick up a brush, use your fingers to gently separate and remove knots and clumps.
Step 2. Prime and hydrate
While using a wide tooth comb, lubricate clean hair with a generous amount of water and conditioner. This seals the cuticle and restores parched, weak hair. The Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross wide tooth comb (Buy It, $15, patternbeauty.com) is our fave.
Step 3. Detangle and smooth
Divide hair into sections. Starting at the ends, carefully detangle with a paddle brush that does not have ball-tipped bristles; they tend to rip curly hair. In addition, bristles that are spaced wide apart work best because they safely maintain an even distribution of tension throughout the hair. We love Felicia Leatherwood’s Detangler Brush (Buy It, $19, brushwiththebest.com).
Rinse with cool water and proceed with desired styling.