This has only started occurring after brushing since my hair has grown a few cm past armpit length. At the bottom is big and scratchy while above contains weak form and lays flatter. My hair usually has even medium waves/ringlets from above the ear line down, which I like.
Is there any way I can prevent this when brushing? (I keep my hair completely natural, no hair dryers or anything and it is usually fine). I brush from the bottom up then go through my hair with the brush again (when it's dry) and comb my hair in the shower to remove loose hairs and untangle it (very gently, don't loose much at all). Thanks!
Hair that has any sort of wave or curl in it should not be brushed (especially not when dry!), and should only be combed with a wide-tooth comb while wet and full of conditioner. That prevents breakage and keep the waves/curls in tact without causing frizz.
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When's the last time you got a trim? Sounds like you probably just have a problem with split ends. Even if you want to grow your hair out you should still trim it every few months to keep the split ends away because they can dry out your hair.
You should just shower in the morning and brush it after you've dried it a little then don't mess with it that way you won't have to brush through the curls after theyve... Puffed back up. I don't know how to word that. Oops