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Are You Combing Your Natural Hair the Right Way?


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Naturalistas face challenges with combing natural hair depending on their hair types. 3c and 4a natural hair are a bit easier to comb unlike 4b and 4c hair.

4c hair is the most difficult to comb. Some of us with 4c hair dread combing our hair because of fear of breakage, tangles, knots and pain experienced while combing.

Some of the things we do that makes combing difficult include;

  • Not moisturizing: Combing your hair when is dry and without proper moisture can be a tug of war. You experience breakage and pain while combing because of your failure to moisturize your hair first.
  • Combing from roots to ends: Doing this is just like pleading with your hair to break off. Tangles and knots are mostly at the ends of the hair, you should get rid of them first.
  • Not being gentle and patient: If you are rushing out to go somewhere, I think is better you don’t comb your hair because you won’t have the gentleness and patience to deal with it. You can wake up earlier so you can have enough time to comb your hair or do the combing and styling the previous night.
  • Not twisting, braiding or pineappling your hair before sleeping: When you don’t twist, braid or pineapple yoir hair before bedtime, you might end up with knots and tangles the next day. Then, it will be a lot of work combing through those knots and tangles.
  • Type of comb: This is also important, if you are using fine tooth comb on your hair, you are only asking for trouble. Combing your hair with fine tooth comb is equivalent to excessive breakage. Make sure you instruct your hairstylist not to use it on your hair.
  • Combing wet hair: Hair is very vulnerable and flexible when wet, ensure you try as much as possible not to ever comb your hair when wet.

How to comb the right way

  • Detangling: Always detangle your hair preferably with your fingers (wide tooth comb can also be use) before combing. Start from your ends and work gently up to your roots. This will save you a lot of stress while combing.
  • Moisturizing: Ensure you moisturize your hair by using LOC or LCO method before combing. This will make your hair easier to work with and also prevent pain experienced while combing.
  • Finger combing: This involves using your fingers to comb your hair, it takes a lot of time and should be done during your free time but it is worth all the efforts. This method saves your hair from lots of breakage. You can do this by putting your hair into about 8 to 12 sections and taking time to work on each section. This is the best combing method for 4c hair from my experience because 4c hair generally hate combs.
  • Wide tooth comb: Wide tooth comb is the best comb for natural hair. A lot of naturalistas swear by this type of comb.
  • Combing from ends to roots: Natural hair should be combed from ends to roots because of its kinky and curly nature unlike relaxed or straight hair which can be combed from roots to ends. Comb from the ends and work gently upward making sure to remove all knots and gently detangling tangles

What combing challenges have you been through? Do you comb your hair the right way? Do you finger comb or use a wide tooth comb?

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4 thoughts on “Are You Combing Your Natural Hair the Right Way?

  1. I am learning to love my 4c hair. I felt I had the worst hair. When I would go to beauticians for protective styling and question them about my hair, they seemed to know nothing about natural hair. Even when I had relaxed hair, the way they would comb and pull on wet hair was inappropriate. Through beauticians we lose hair because they’re not patient with the hair. They use inappropriate tools while combing our hair wet or dry.
    My hair was thick but seemed to be as dry as a desert. I went natural in 2010. Because I couldn’t prevent my hair from shrinkage and at that time I didn’t want an Afro, I began wearing wigs. My hair seemed so resistant. I didn’t want to get rid of my length but it seemed so unmanageable. As of 2017, I was determined to kick wearing others people hair and wear my own. One morning, without a second thought I picked out a haircut and called a barber in to go to work. I didn’t obtain the look within the picture because even with a haircut my 4c hair was determined to do its own thing instead of lay down. Well the more I worked with it, things began to perk up. As of September my natural cut is becoming more defined. I have even learned a trick for my thin edges. Before I shower I place a moisturizer on my hair (ORS Olive lotion) place a shower cap out and by the time I’m out the shower moisturization has taken place. I place soft sheen Carson maximum hold lets jam gel on and blow dry it for about 3 minutes or air dry. Then I raise the front to the length I desire. I’m loving it now. Beauticians use to tell me you have lovely hair. But I didn’t see what was so lovely about it without the relaxer. I have a different thought now.

    1. Wow, that was quite an experience. Hairstylist can be greatly annoying sometime dear, some don’t care what your opinion is, they are just after their money I’m glad you have a different opinion about your hair and you have finally accepted it. #4chairchicks, #teamnatural all d way.

  2. Thank you for this informative article! Our 4c hair is so beautiful & if we are just patient & take our time to learn it, it will be a great reward!

    1. You are welcome dear. Yes, 4c hair is beautiful and so versatile, patience is the number one key when dealing with it. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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