Our daughter is 7 now but really it’s been probably 3-4 years that we’ve battled with the hairbrush. One of her priorities in life is to keep her straight hair long. Of course it needs to be brushed at least once a day which is no fun when dealing with rats at the top of a long head of hair.
We’ve tried spraying her hair to smooth out the mess combined with using a silky cap for overnight but there are still a few nests in there in the morning. So my husband, who couldn’t find the regular brush one day, used my round styling brush. And we were finished brushing faster than you can say “ouch mommy you are mean and cruel for torturing me like this!” In fact most days now she doesn’t even notice that while she eats breakfast, I stand behind her and smooth out her hair to become luscious (did I really just use that word?).
Here’s what we do now – we roll her hair. That is we don’t brush and pull, we roll the brush down her mane. The first time I thought I was still asleep and dreaming. In no time her long locks become silk. We don’t pull, we roll.
It might not work for every child (especially those with curly hair) but if you have a round styling brush, it's worth a try. We will never go back to ordinary brushes because our mornings have become peaceful again.
WOW. As a survivor of painful, nightly hairbrushing when I was a kid, this sounds revolutionary. Would love to hear how this works for others.