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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 home
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 ) 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.
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!