Many women often ask me how I manage to comb my hair, because their own hair is VERY tough and nearly impossible to comb. In fact, I recently had a concerned “covert” natural haired woman advice that I use a particular product to stretch my hair so it would be less kinky, easier to comb and not too painful.
While the advice was uncalled for and unwanted, i replied by telling her that I don’t comb my hair often and I also wash my hair often, so stretching my hair wouldn’t make sense.
|Flat Twists on stretched hair, only a tail comb is needed for parting|
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 the hair will forcefully separate and break up coiled hair pieces. This forceful separation will lead to hair breakage and split ends. So while you may think you’re taking good care of your hair by combing it, you’re actually doing the opposite by killing it.
|Braid out on blown out hair, no comb needed|
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.
|Twist out = no comb needed|
3. Combing Afro hair can be painful, particularly if combed dry, which most people tend to do! Even if the hair is combed the proper way, which is hair wet and saturated with a slippery conditioner and oil, and then combed from the tips to the roots; combing our hair can still be uncomfortable. I have a sensitive scalp, so any tugging and pulling can be very painful at times.
|No comb needed to twist your hair|
4. Combing Afro 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 my previous post on Natural hair combing, I listed 5 steps that must be followed to effectively comb Afro hair, so make sure you read it. Unless your hair absolutely must be combed for a particular style, you can skip this step and move on to styling.
|I used a comb when I had to straighten my hair|
5. Afro hair likes to be KINKY. Temporarily disrupting the coil pattern in our hair will result in unhappy and tensed tresses.
Remember, our hair is unique and must be treated as such. The exotic texture of our hair requires foreign and sometimes uncommon hair practices which might not make sense!
|Twist out/wash and go doesn’t call for combed hair|
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.