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Del Sandeen

Is Combing Your Hair Too Harsh?

By May 1, 2014

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Is combing natural hair too much manipulation, even while it's wet? Some people complain of hair breakage, although their hair care routines are pretty simplified. They don't do a lot of the common things that lead to breakage -- too much heat styling, rough handling, etc., so it can be perplexing to see hair breaking off.

Depending on your hair texture, daily combing (even with a wide tooth comb) may in fact be too harsh. What to use instead?

Your fingers!

Your fingers are much gentler on delicate tresses, but you still have to be careful not to pull and break the hair with rushed handling. Just as you would with a comb, begin detangling at the bottom of the hair and work your way up to the scalp, working out tangles with your hands. Not only will this benefit your hair, it's also a good way to become more familiar with your texture.

If you don't have a breakage problem, then by all means continue to use the comb of your choice. If, on the other hand, you've been wondering why your hair breaks off so easily despite your best TLC, try letting your fingers fill in for a comb at least a few times a week.

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November 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm
(1) Michelle says:

I only comb my hair twice a month which is exactly when it gets washed. Other than that, I detangle with my fingers, not even comb, just detangle and either re-twist or re-plait my hair into whatever style it was in before.

November 27, 2013 at 12:20 am
(2) jewelrystore says:

Ever since the hairdresser burned my roots/follicles, I’ve had trouble with my hair. I’m so sorry I ever had my hair processed at all.

I try to comb just the ends first after adding a little shea butter. The rest of the hair follows.

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