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Do I brush DD's curly locks?

(19 Posts)
babyocho Wed 24-Aug-11 09:20:54

DD is 3 and has curly hair, mine is dead straight so not really sure what to do.

I brush it in the morning and it kind of goes frizzy. Should I stop brushing it (tangle teezer), or get a big tooth comb thing? Not really sure what to do.

I want to indulge the curls as it does look lovely when all curly.

Imnotaslimjim Wed 24-Aug-11 09:23:09

I would dampen it and gently comb it with a wide tooth comb. Curly hair is beautiful on little girls

hazeyjane Wed 24-Aug-11 09:24:24

Dd2 has very curly hair, and I won't let her near a hairbrush, since she got one stuck in her hair in a chemist - i had to buy the hairbrush and cut it out of her hair when we got homeblush

I wash it once a week, spray it with leave in conditioner, comb it with a wide tooth comb and that's it really. If it gets a tangle during the week, i spray some conditioner on it dry and tease it out with the comb (or bring out the scissors).

dubaipieeye Wed 24-Aug-11 09:27:06

Do a search on here for "The Curly Girl Method" and if you can spare a few quid get the book of the same name on amazon. It has a section on curly kids hair. Following the Curly Girl advice has transformed my hair!

Oh, and I'd say no to brushing - just run your fingers through it when it's wet/has conditioner in it. HTH.

Fo0ffyShmoofer Wed 24-Aug-11 09:28:27

I comb DDs with a wide tooth comb and spray first with water. Leave in conditioner or detangler can leave a residue. Once that's done I gently run fingers through from the underneath to encourage the curl.

paddypoopants Wed 24-Aug-11 09:29:24

Best way I've found is to fill a sprayer with water (like one you'd use for plants)- then after you've combed the hair give it a light spritz and scrunch the curls back in.

miche8 Wed 24-Aug-11 09:29:29

i know a relative sprays her little girls with a leave in conditioner and combs it every morning to stop the frizz....i do think her hair always looks wet/greasy though but wonder if thats when her dads done her hair. I think i'd be tempted to just dampen it and use a wide comb.

fluffles Wed 24-Aug-11 09:32:20

i would never brush it dry - i just comb mine through with conditioner when i'm washing it and that's it. no more brushing - if it looks a bit messy then spray with water or leave-in conditioner and use my fingers to tease any knots out.

fergoose Wed 24-Aug-11 11:26:32

my daughter has hair like this - we spray it with water with about 10% conditioner added before brushing gently or combing each morning and then leave it well alone

happilyeverafter Wed 24-Aug-11 11:30:14

Dd is curly, we wash it, brush it wet then leave it to dry. If she isn't having it washed I wet the brush through and run it through damp. Dry brushing gives her hair like hermione in first Harry potter!

mistlethrush Wed 24-Aug-11 11:33:20

Brush = crystal tips in my experience (mine's significantly 'wose' than Hermionie's from that pov).

Wide tooth comb is the only thing that goes near my hair - although at the moment, conditioning once a week and wet hands through hair in the morning is all its requiring.

My mother used to use a brush and a pair of scissors when I was 3.

peanutsmuggler Wed 24-Aug-11 12:16:40

I do the same as fergoose dollop of normal conditioner in a water spray bottle and just give the hair a spray each morning and get the knots out with a tangle teaser brush, her hair would look awful if i brushed it dry.

I find using a silcone free conditioner stops the build up on the hair so the hair doesn't look greasy.

aquavit Wed 24-Aug-11 12:29:53

SiL and I have an ongoing laugh about this as we both have straight-haired mothers who insisted (to our mortification) on brushing our very curly hair, and who now also insist on brushing dd's (also very curly). Happily she's too young to give a monkey's (I shall ban it when she isn't!).

Agree with other posters: def avoid brushing when dry. I think that the tangle teezer is brilliant and actually quite like some of the leave-in conditioner sprays, they don't seem to leave build-up on dd's hair in the same way that they do on mine.

hester Wed 24-Aug-11 12:32:52

Another straight-haired mother of a curly girl here. I comb through with a wide-toothed comb once a week, otherwise I just tease it through with my fingers to stop dreadlocks developing.

crazynanna Wed 24-Aug-11 12:34:55

Try this site,worked wonders for my girl's hairsmile

Fo0ffyShmoofer Wed 24-Aug-11 14:09:40

I must be the only one who hates the Tangle Teaser brush. It was useless and I returned it to Boots. Just awful.

mistlethrush Thu 25-Aug-11 09:50:08

I can't get a brush through mine.. and I break most combs - so I know what you mean FS

lisad123 Thu 25-Aug-11 09:55:18

TT doesn't work on dd2 curls either. I wash it twice a week, while in the bath put in conditioner, brush though (nitty gritty if also needed angry ) and then that's it. If it's school I plait it wet and dampen and re plait all week, if it's not, I dampen it down with water spray, and leave it.

YougreatPamplemousse Thu 25-Aug-11 10:01:03

DD1 had curly hair and we have to brush/comb it on a daily basis because of the way she sleeps. She wakes up with a matted bird's nest on the back of her head every morning. I spray it with detangler/water mix then use the tangle teaser to get out the knotty bits she then does a wet dog shake and it sort the rest out with my fingers. We stopped shampoo a couple of months ago and also started using a little moroccan oil when we wash it - the difference is amazing!

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