Why Are My Ends Frizzy After Flat Ironing?
Frizzy hair is a common hair woe that many individuals struggle with. Despite using a flat iron to achieve sleek and str...
Having curly hair is a blessing. Think about all the thousands of styling tools, gadgets & products that have been invented to create temporary curls for straight-haired folk. From perms to hair curlers, trust us when we say: they want what you have!
Did you know that a lot of people don’t even KNOW that they have curly hair? Some people only develop curls after puberty or other hormonal changes. Some people have curls their whole lives and don’t know because (and this is real) they’re not brushing it correctly. Think about it: As a tween, you were probably taught to brush your hair and then dry it with mom’s hair dryer – losing all your hair’s natural integrity! OR, you didn’t brush it at all and went running around to play – leaving you with a head of frizzy waves. This is partcularly common with people with type 2 hair. Brushing dry curls or waves is a BIG no-no, so let’s quickly chat about brushing rules and techniques.
Also read: Why your hair is taking forever to dry!
The short answer is yes. Your hair needs to be detangled in order for your curls and coils to be ‘free’ to create a beautiful curl shape. If your hair is very porous, damaged or in recovery – then a great leave-in conditioner or mask will help to detangle your hair if you are brushing it after your shower or hair wash.
You can also try finger-combing your hair in the shower while your conditioner is on to help clear some knots out. If your hair is soft enough, your fingers should do the trick! But for optimum scalp health, using a brush is a good idea on top of massaging your scalp while you shampoo your hair.
Once you’ve brushed your hair, you can start adding your favorite hair styling products, creams, gels and potions. Generally we recommend you to only add these AFTER you’ve brushed your hair as you don’t want to lose product in the brushing process. But I would be lying to you if I told you I didn’t use my hair brush to style my curls once all my products are in. As always, play around and find out what works best for you and your hair. And don’t forge to give your hairbrush a rinse or wash if you’ve now got product in it from using it to style your curls.
Once you’ve added your products, you can plop, diffuse or air dry your hair. And remember our golden rule for brushing curly hair is to never brush it dry, only when wet! Wishing you many ringlets and waves!