“What do you mean you don’t brush or comb curly hair? What about all the knots and tangles?”. This is one question I get asked very often.
There was a time when I used to brush the life out of my hair. It was also a joy to buy all the fancy brushes in different shapes, sizes and colors *girls*. Having read somewhere that brushing over and over again results in silky straight hair, it was a ‘joy’ I indulged in. And did it help me? Of course not. My hair still looked like hay. Once I learnt the dynamics of curly hair, I realized that this ruined my curls and that one shouldn’t brush or comb curly hair.
The beauty of curly hair lies in those perfectly defined groups of spirals. What helps curly hair stick to each other are 3 things:
- A bonding medium – It can be your natural hair sebum, external emollients, silicones; something that clumps hair together. As you brush your hair, you are breaking that bond.
- Smooth hair cuticles – Your cuticle can get damaged due to repeated brushing thereby causing frizz.
- Lack of static – When you comb your hair, both your comb and hair acquire opposite charges. On materials that don’t conduct electricity (like dry damaged hair) the charges just sit there without getting lost. This like-charge causes hair strands to repel one another just like the like poles of a magnet (too many likes :P).
As you can see, combs and brushes disrupt all the 3 things that maintain the shape of curls. And this is why you shouldn’t brush or comb curly hair once it has dried.
So what about the knots and tangles? In fact, it is more important to detangle curly hair because it’s more prone to knots and tangles than straight hair. There is a way to get out of this vicious cycle – 2 ways to detangle curly hair – dry and wet detangling
Here is a post with my full curly hair care routine – My curly hair routine .