Totally random topic here.
It's a well known fact around my family & friends that I don't brush or comb my hair. It's something I tell people who complain of frizzy hair or just thick hair (like yours truly) that they hate to brush everyday. I was one of those people many moons ago. You had to brush your hair, right? I mean, if you don't - you get rats nests in it or something, so I brushed my mop of hair everyday. I tried every kind of brush, comb and pick. I always had a big poof of frizz is all I got out of it.
Until one day in high school. Choir actually. There was a girl with thick long beautiful hair, hair I was so jealous of I could spit in it. I asked her what she used to brush her hair with, figuring it was some ancient secret like the rib bones of a rabbit or something.
Huh? What do you mean you don't brush your hair? You have to! She told me that the only thing that goes through her hair were her fingers. So I tried it.
Almost 20 years later I could probably count how many times I've brushed my hair on two hands. This doesn't count the phases of "mom let me do your hair" when the girls were younger. Ok, ok... they still go through that stage now. Even my hair dresser knows I don't brush my hair, so she lets me "brush it" instead.
So here is my tip for those of you who have long, thick and/or curly hair. Stop brushing it! Use your fingers as the comb... condition it normally, run your fingers through your hair and get the conditioner all through it, then when you towel dry your hair, don't rub the towel all over your head like you are trying to give your scalp rug burn - squish the ends in the towel, or better yet.. wrap it up in a towel for 5-10 minutes. Thats what towels are for - to capture water. Run your fingers through again. Get the knots out (after awhile you won't get knots anymore, I promise, especially if you stop the rug burn routine!). When you are blow drying... same thing - fingers.
Put something in your hair when it's wet. A touch of gel, moouse... whatever. Something. I prefer a light gel. I don't have any right now so I can't think of the brand, but it comes out in almost a liquid. Great stuff.
I'm trying to teach Demon #1 this trick, but she seems to think she has to brush her hair. Fine. She's the one who has to deal with the rats nests, not me.
Try it for a week... I'm serious. Then tell me how it went.
Oh... one more thing; quit shampooing your hair everyday. Always condition it, but don't shampoo it. I shampoo my hair twice a week, maybe 3 times if I'm lucky. But it gets conditioned every day. Unless you are using tons of hair spray, there is no need to shampoo it everyday. Shampoo dries your hair out. Water will clean it just fine.
And my shampoo of choice? Dove. It's a wonderful shampoo. Conditioner? Aussie (in the purple bottle). Great stuff. Plus, according to my niece Jessica, it smells like candy.
It does too.