You may have the kind of glorious curly hair that causes strangers to stop and stare, but if only they knew how sensitive your hair is to ordinary styling tools. I’m talking about brushes. Even though it seems like there are no fewer than a million different types of brushes on the market, there’s only one brush that most experts agree is ideal for curly hair: an invisible one.
“Our experts here at La Jolie advise our curly girls not to use a brush on their hair,” says Cheryl Van Voorhies of La Jolie Salon & Spa. “We suggest using a wide tooth comb in the shower to distribute conditioner through mid-shaft to ends to remove any tangles. Apply your favorite styling products while your hair is still dripping wet in the shower and ‘do not disturb’ your curls so they can dry intact.”
That last tip is directed at all of us who can’t help but twirl our hair around our fingers while it’s still wet. Hands off! “Do not play with your hair while it is wet–any touch will cause frizz,” Van Voorhies says. “The only time a curly girl should brush her hair is to get a smooth blowout.”
Robin Warnier of Lakshmi Hair Studio in Philadelphia agrees that a wide-tooth comb and leave-in conditioner or serum are best for women with curly hair. And when you are in the mood to change up your look and blow dry it sleek and straight, Warnier recommends one type of brush above all others. “Whether you’re getting your hair professionally blow-dried are doing it yourself it’s best to use a boar bristle brush,” Warnier says. “Since the 1800s boar bristle brushes have been used. They improve the texture stimulate the scalp and reduce frizz. This type of brush will smooth hair and help shine. At the very end, when you’re doing your finishing touches, that is when you can use a metal brush–but only at the very end. Metal brushes are not good for curly hair.”
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