I’ll confess that I almost never brush my hair. But before you dismiss me as an unkempt troll, there is a good reason why I shun the hairbrush: Running a Mason Pearson through my thick, naturally wavy hair wreaks havoc. I don’t get sleek, shiny, bouncy curls—instead, my usually defined waves balloon into a big mess of frizz that refuses to be tamed by any smoothing serum. And I’m not alone. Model Alana Zimmer recently told Into The Gloss that brushing her hair “destroys the waves.” I hear you, sister. Here’s how to handle those moments when a hands-off policy won’t cut it.
When your hair is wet: Definitely a no-brush moment. No matter your texture, you should always comb your hair when it’s wet. After a shower, curly-wavy girls should use a wide-tooth comb to rake through strands without snagging. Those with finer textures can use a fine-tooth comb.
If you have straight hair: When your hair is straight, a brush will actually reduce frizz. A boar-bristle one (like the aforementioned Mason Pearson) distributes the scalp’s natural oils to make the hair look smooth and glossy.
If you have bangs: When I had blunt bangs, I carried a mini Denman brush everywhere I went. Nylon-bristled brushes keep bangs looking neat and full without causing static.
When using dry shampoo: To get every last bit of dry shampoo out of your hair, you have to enlist the help of a brush. Try a mixed-bristle one to blend the dry shampoo throughout your roots and diffuse its white cast.
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