Nope, no brushes. NEVER brushes. Brushes make it look like I stuck my finger in an electrical socket. Or, in slightly more technical terms, brushes break up the curls, causing frizz and chaos. Some people use combs or picks, but the mysterious “they” of curl doctrine say that any type of combing should be done in the shower with TONS of conditioner to protect the curls.
My personal hair care routine, on the days I bother to get it wet*, is to load it up with conditioner, rinse *most* of it out, then scrunch out the excess water. I never towel dry my hair but will use an old t-shirt to soak up the rest. Then it’s just finding the right combo of products, usually something with a smoothing component and then something with some hold, a cream gel usually. I try not to use the same things every day b/c eventually my hair will get sick of those and stop curling the way it should. It’s like a chemistry experiment every morning. Once my hair is properly loaded with products, it’s a heat-protecting spray and diffusing it on the lowest setting.
*one of the best features of curly hair is that you can totally rock 2nd (and lets face it, a lot of times 3rd day) curls!