Everyone with curly or wavy hair knows what the unkempt or unbrushed look is. It’s not what you want to see, yet it happens from time to time.
You’ve probably done everything you can to stop your hair from looking unbrushed.
Maybe you even threw some holy water on it to see if that would fix it, and it probably didn’t. The good thing is that preventing this issue is possible. You just have to know what to do.
How to get curly/ wavy hair not to look unbrushed?
You are in front of your mirror trying to figure out what happened. There is no time to figure out what happened. You have to focus on finding a solution.
There are several things you can do to regain control and make your curls or waves look brushed. The following are some steps you can take:
Spritz Some Water
Moisture is a big deal when you want to brush your hair and look like you put in some effort.
You can do this when your hair is dry, or just rinse your hair in the shower before you brush.
You could also spray your hair with water as you brush, but you have to do this often to make sure you keep that hair properly hydrated.
If you do this right, your hair should look brushed and beautiful when you are done.
Use a Moisturizer
You can try to use a moisturizing product to get your hair to look like it’s supposed to.
Brushing is a drying experience for your hair, and you need to anticipate that by making sure your hair has all the moisture it needs.
You already know about getting your hair wet, but sometimes, you need additional moisture.
Use a moisturizing solution on your hair when brushing to get the job done. Sometimes, you might have to use both water and a moisturizer, but that’s okay if it gets the job done.
With the Right Tool
The next thing you need to do is make sure you have the right brush and comb.
For one, if you are using a brush with unnatural materials, you need to stop using that. The texture of these brushes makes it easier to lose moisture and promotes frizz.
Not only that but you could cause damage, like breakage. Natural brush bristles are gentler on your hair, so choose that.
You also have to use the right comb. If the teeth are too close together, you’ll likely cause damage and frizzy hair.
Your curls or waves can’t handle these kinds of combs. You need wide-tooth combs to be gentle with your curls or waves. If you don’t have any of these, then it’s best to use your fingers for now.
Why does my curly/wavy hair look unbrushed?
Asking this question is inevitable, especially if you keep dealing with this issue. There are several reasons this might happen. The following are some reasons:
As mentioned earlier, the reason could simply be that you are using the wrong tools to brush or comb your hair. All you have to do is use the right tools, like a natural brush and a wide-toothed comb.
Sometimes, the reason your hair looks unbrushed is that you don’t prep it. To comb or brush your hair, you have to make sure your hair is ready for it.
You’ll need to moisturize your hair before getting started or get it wet. You also want to de-tangle your hair.
Some people don’t do this and try to comb or brush without doing so. It’s easier to do this, but it can cause issues.
Your hair could look wilder. You can cause more damage. You can cause more tangles, and you can even cause more frizz.
No Combing Technique
The reason you’re dealing with this could have something to do with your combing or brushing technique. While it’s easy to think that you know how to brush or comb your hair properly because you’ve always done it, the truth is that you might not.
There’s a technique to brushing and combing that you need to master if you want to successfully tame your curls or waves.
It starts with moisturizing your hair before brushing or combing, but it goes beyond that. You have to untangle your hair before you start.
You have to separate your hair into at least four sections. When you’ve untangled and combed through a section, then braid that section and move on.
Always start at the bottom and move your way up when you comb or brush. Once you are done, you can remove all braids and comb or brush your hair entirely. It takes some practice to get this right, but you’ll get there with some patience.
What to do when my hair is curly when unbrushed, but a frizzy mess when I decide to brush it?
The goal is to try to refine your curls or waves. Adding moisture or a moisturizer when brushing or combing can help reduce that frizz.
It may be enough to stop the frizz and let those beautiful curls or waves shine when you are done. Some of you may not need to read further, but some people might need more help.
If your curls or waves are still too dry, then you’ll need more moisture to prevent the frizz. At this point, you’ll need to use hair oil or maybe hair milk.
Both products are thick and heavy enough to help tame your hair and lock in moisture. Since they are thick, they will weigh your curls a bit so that they look combed or brushed.
You won’t lose your curls or waves, but they will look better and be more manageable. The good thing is that both products are usually inexpensive, yet they are quite effective.
The curse of the wave and curly hair is that moisture escapes quite easily. It even escapes when you brush or comb. A big reason why your hair looks unkempt is that there’s not enough moisture to maintain your curls or waves.
You can talk to your hairstylist to see if there are specific products that’ll work for your hair, or you can just go on the hunt yourself. Try a few products until you find the ones that work best for you.
Is it good to brush your curls at all?
It’s not wise to brush your hair constantly. That answer should be burned into every person’s mind with curly or wavy hair.
Sadly, many people with curls and waves do this when they shouldn’t. Brushing is okay every so often, but it isn’t a good idea to do this often.
Of course, most people with curly or wavy hair are tempted to brush. They might feel like their hair looks like a disaster.
It looks like the only way to deal with it is to brush it, but if you do this too much, you’ll end up not only damaging your beautiful curls or waves but also drying your hair out.
Your hair looks worse when you brush it. When you brush, you cause frizz.
Yes, that frizzy mess is the result of drying out your hair. You know what you need to do if your hair looks unbrushed, and the answer isn’t to brush, so resist that desire. The truth is that a lot of people don’t know this. Sometimes, your hairstylist may not know this.
If you go to a hairstylist and see him or her brushing your hair, you know what you need to do. It might be uncomfortable to say something, especially if you’ve been with this person for a long time, but if you don’t speak up, you’ll continue to see this issue.
Just because your hairstylist didn’t know this doesn’t mean he or she isn’t great at making you look like a million bucks. It’s hard to find a good stylist, and this isn’t a good reason to lose the one you’ve worked so hard to find.
Now, you’ve got all the knowledge you’ll need to make sure your hair doesn’t look unbrushed. It’s going to take some time to get the hang of it, but be patient with yourself, and you’ll get there. You’ll be happy with the results when they finally show up.