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Bye-Bye Brush

Posted on 18 May 2017

Ahh, the face your house guests make when you explain that: "Sorry. No, we don’t have a hairbrush we can lend you." Let me explain...

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Brush your hair, they said. It'll help, they said...  I don't think so!

There have been disputes recently about the hair brush; some believe it to help spread natural oils from the scalp down to the tips, some believe it to be damaging, while others swear by the wet brush. So... what’s the deal?

The main objective of brushing one’s hair is to detangle, a sound concern for curly girls. The added bonus of even distribution of the scalp’s natural oils is appealing, too, since curly hair is naturally a bit dryer than “average.”

{Random tangent: words like “for normal hair” or comparing ours to the “average” is infuriating! Over 70% of the global population have textured (read: wavy/kinky/curly/etc) hair… So tell me again how pin-straight is “average”?! We like to shy away from such terminology, but it’s not ALWAYS possible. Back to business!}

Here’s the problem: while we DO want tangle-free and hydrated curls—these both create more definition and shine—a brush on dry hair won’t help. Those gorgeous curls are held together from a mix of bonding agents added in from your products, smooth cuticles and a static-free environment. Brushing dry hair is especially damaging, as it is sure to break the bonds created by your product, create a static charge and is damaging to the hair cuticle. This overall process is not only extra drying, but can be very damaging over time.

Our favorite detangling tool is: water + our own fingers.

Some of us finger comb our curls in the shower after applying the LUS ultra-rich conditioner. As we slowly add more water, we detangle those crazy curls, starting from the bottom and slowly moving up. Working in more water, detangling a bit more, until we get a nice slip and our whole mane is fully tangle-free. If you have really thick coarse hair, you can use a wide-toothed comb for stubborn knots. If you love your wet brush, you can use it at this point (after you have got rid of the tougher/larger knots with your fingers or a wide tooth comb). At that point, give your whole head a thorough rinse with cool water to help seal the hair follicles, and're done detangling! And you shouldn't need to detangle again until your next wash or rewet/restyle.

what do you put in your hair to make it curly memeRemember: WATER is what will hydrate your curls, not product! Most moisture will come from sealing in actual h2o, and applying products to soaking wet hair is the best way to do so. The oils produced by your scalp are usually not enough to do this on their own, even with the help of a comb or brush. Detangling in shower will ensure your hair can be the most wet when it comes time for product application, which will keep your curls more hydrated and for longer.

So that’s the scoop! We always end it on this note, but only because it is so important to us: your hair is YOUR business. These are simple guidelines, and if you’re going for huge volume, don’t fear frizz and want to make a wave: do it! This is simply the method that we’ve found to be the most gentle and effective.

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Never be afraid to play around with your own hair to find which results work best for you, and hit us up if you have any questions along the way. We’re here to help you #LoveUrCurls and #LoveUrSelf, and we do our very best to answer EVERY comment/message/email/DM/Tweet (you get the point). Don’t be shy, let’s chat!

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