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Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Comb Natural Hair Often

(Last Updated On: August 27, 2020)

A lot of women often ask me how I manage to comb my natural hair, because their hair is VERY tough and nearly impossible to comb. In this post, i’d like to explain five reasons why your natural hair doesn’t have to be combed often.

Since our hair isn’t straight, it doesn’t need to be combed every day in order to main its aesthetics. Curly and coily hair is happy being coiled up, which is the reason why you might find your hair all coiled up minutes after combing it.  


How often should you comb your hair?

I’ll recommend just once a month! I’ve gone months without even TOUCHING a comb.

How do I comb my hair without using a comb?

You can do finger detangling, which won’t be as painful, time-consuming and damaging as regular combing.

Five reasons why 4c Natural hair shouldn’t be combed often

1. Regular hair-combing will result in mechanical damage which is an impediment to healthy long hair. 

Because our hair has the tendency to coil up with each other, combing your hair often can result in excessive breakage. So while you may think you’re taking good care of your hair by combing it, you’re actually doing the opposite by damaging it.

2. Since every curly hair has the tendency to curl back up, combing it would be a waste of time.

Unless you intend to wear your hair in a particular style which requires your hair to be perfectly combed out, combing it would be unnecessary. Instead, you can wear curly hairstyles such as a twist out or even a bun. 

3. Combing 4c hair can be painful, particularly if combed dry, which most people tend to do!

Even if your hair is combed the proper way with conditioner and from end to roots, it can still be painful if you’re tender headed. I have a sensitive scalp, so any tugging and pulling can be very painful at times.

4. Combing natural hair takes time!

As you may know by now, your hair can’t be combed the same way you would comb a weave or any other straight hair. In a previous post on Natural hair combing, I listed 5 steps that must be followed to effectively comb 4c hair, so make sure you read it. Unless your hair absolutely must be combed for a particular hairstyle, you can skip this step and move on to styling.

5. 4c hair likes to be KINKY.

Temporarily disrupting the coil pattern in your hair will result in unhappy and tensed tresses. This is why it seems like it’s hard to grow 4c hair. All the excessive force and tension on the hair strands can lead to breakage, which can frustrate hair growth.

Remember, your hair is unique and must be treated with total loving care.


Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Is this possible? I feel so stupid rn... I've never even considered not combing my hair I have 4c hair that is BIG, on the rare occasion I straighten it, it reaches my belly button. I've been really struggling lately to find the time to care for it and always end up with an afro puff or twists or a scarf over it.. which bothers me because i grew this big afro and feel like I'm always hiding it away coz it gets so knotty after a day of being "out" or "loose" or whatever the term is. I dont know any other people with afro hair because of where I live so I just sort of figure out as I go along how to care for it. But would it be possible to let's say just wash, deep condition and detangle once a month and sorta let it hang free until the next month?? So long as I keep it moisturized obviously. I mean like, will the knots after a month be any different to the knots after a day or so? Because atm it takes well over an hour to get a comb through my wet, heavily conditioner saturated hair just for an hour later to be back at square one with it knotty again. Like what should my expectations be? Can I really just not comb it for a while? Because my head hurts and I have ZERO time but I dont wanna hide my volume and texture anymore. Sorry if this is a long winded message, I dont have any other people of colour to ask.


Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Hi Sarah. I actually just keep my hair in twists. that way, I don't need to comb it as much and I can keep it stretched for days. leaving your hair out loose for an extended period of time will result in knots, tangles and breakage. You can take down your twists every week or so to properly detangle your hair and put it back into twists. this is the low manipulation method that I use.


Thursday 18th of July 2013

No combing here either. Just finger detangling.


Friday 28th of June 2013

I comb just once in two weeks. I realized my curls are more defined when i don't comb often. I finger detangle and just come once in 2 weeks.

You have such lovely hair :-)

The Mane Captain

Saturday 29th of June 2013

Thank you! Combing once every two weeks is definitely better than daily or weekly even!

Purple Ivy

Friday 28th of June 2013

These are such great advice dear. I recently came back to my natural roots after years of relaxing. I comb every day and now I knwo not too. Thanks.


The Mane Captain

Friday 28th of June 2013

Hey girl! Your hair is still at a TWA stage, so you can probably get away with combing it with an Afro comb often. However, as it grows longer, you'll need to give that comb a break more often. You can rock a wash n go, twists, and other cute hairstyle so your hair is presentable.


Friday 28th of June 2013

Your hair is very beautiful. I loved this article. I usually only finger detangle and then comb once a month.


The Mane Captain

Friday 28th of June 2013

now that's the way to do it!

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