Oh man my mom always brushed mine too. And it would frizz and look horrible, so she would tell me to go brush it some more. Which would make it frizz more. No wonder I started straightening it.
Me + My mother when I was younger.
YOU DON’T BRUSH CURLY HAIR
FINGER-COMB IT WHEN IT’S WET AND FULL OF CONDITIONER
SHE IS ME
MERIDA IS TOTALLY ME
SOB SOB SOB
EVEN MY MOM MADE FUN OF THIS
I AM MERIDA
THIS REALLY WAS ME THOUGH
EXCEPT MY HAIR IS STRAIGHT
BUT SUPER THICK
SO IT TANGLED A LOT
AND IT HURT WHEN MY DAD BRUSHED IT IN THE MORNING
Ugh. My hair isn’t as curly, but I REMEMBER THIS. It physically hurts to look at this gif. Too bad that most parents don’t know how to deal with long/thick/curly/tangled hair.
Btw, BRUSHES ARE DEATH, especially if plastic is involved. All they do is create frizz (static!), and ruin your hair (the friction leads to splitted ends, and they pull more hair out than they have to). Also, brushing wet hair is basically the worst thing you can do (next to bleaching and backcombing). Wet hair = weak, vulnerable hair. Don’t do anything to roughen up your hair cuticles if you wanna get rid of tangled, frizzy hair.
I recommend finger-combing (esp. for curly hair) or wide-toothed combs (they’re often sold as “afro combs”) made from natural horn (it’s keratin, the same material hair is made of, so obviously it’s the best thing to detangle hair without damaging it). If you’re a vegan, use wood combs (but be careful of splinters and rough edges that may damage your hair). Try to avoid plastic at all costs.
Additionally, let your hair air dry (blow dryers are frizz machines). Many people believe that it would be best to brush wet hair and then blow dry it. I did this for many years, and boy was I wrong. I could go on and on, and tell you the effects of water temperature on hair, and how bad most market-leading hair care products are, etc. …but I’ll stop here. Anyway. Be good to your hair. Because it’s dead. (Except for the root.) It’s important to know that damage can’t be undone. Not matter what ads promise, hair can’t be repaired (even if the advertised shampoo contains unicorn tears and meteor dust). So… take good care of it, especially if you want to grow it long.
[Note: Everything I said above is based on my personal experience. If you’re happy with your plastic brushes, and like to wash your hair with boiling water and lots of silicone… fine with me. All I’m saying is… After many years, I finally know what works out for me.]
Oh jeez. I remember when my mom did that to me. You cannot comb curly hair, this hurts just looking at it