How to Comb Your Natural Hair Without Pain

Being a naturalista can be all fun, stylish and African but we know how painful it could be when it’s time to comb your natural hair. Many ladies with natural hair have had to lose many strands of their hair while in this combing process. Some almost cry, wishing it was possible for every woman with natural hair to avoid combing her hair forever. Of course, it is actually avoidable in some way, you know, but only for a short time —you either cut or braid your hair. But you wouldn’t do that forever too as your low cut would one day grow and you’d also loosen your braids when it gets old thus bringing you back to the combing process. Since not combing your hair is virtually inevasible, why don’t you just know how to comb your natural hair without pain instead and see if the hair breakage wouldn’t reduce.

How to Comb Your Natural Hair

dividing natural hair into sections before combing

Many women have left the natural hair gang as a result of the pains and breakage that comes with combing the hair. But unknown to them, one of the reasons natural hair breaks is the way it is combed. If you want to reduce your hair breakage and are tired of fighting a comb through your hair in pain, keep reading as here in this article are two methods on how to comb your natural hair without pain to reduce hair breakage.

Combing Your Hair When Damp

Materials Needed:

  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Coconut oil or any available good hair oil

1. Spritz Your Hair

Wet your hair with the water in the spray as it is easier to comb your hair when it is damp.

2. Section Your Hair

Divide your hair into 4 to 8 sections if it is very long and full. Then loosely braid or twist the hair to keep in sections while combing the rest of the hair. If your natural hair is very short, you can skip this step and go straight to combing your hair.

3. Finger-comb Your Hair

Make use of your fingers to detangle your hair. This way, if there’s a knot, your fingers will easily sort out every strand. When finger-combing your hair, be careful not to make use of your fingernails but rather your finger pads to separate the strands.

4. Use a Wide-tooth Comb

 Afterward, comb from ends to your roots using a wide-tooth comb. As you comb each section with one hand, use your other hand to hold your hair.

5. Style as You Wish

Once you’re done combing, apply your hair oil and style your hair whichever way you want to look pretty as always.

Combing Your Natural Hair in the Shower

conditioning natural hair before combing

Materials needed:

  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Shea butter/ Coconut oil or any good hair oil
  • Moisturising conditioner
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Towel

1. Wet Your Hair in the Shower

Wet your hair in the shower then apply your moisturising conditioner. Let it settle through each strand of your hair for about three minutes.

2. Comb Your Hair in Small Sections

While the conditioner is still on, comb through your hair starting from the ends to the roots. You can divide your hair into sections to make it easier as you comb.

3. Rinse out Conditioner

Rinse out the conditioner and dry your hair with your towel. Make sure your hair no longer drips water but let it be damp.

4. Apply Leave-in Conditioner

 When you’re sure there’s no longer water dripping from your hair, apply your leave-in conditioner and shea butter or coconut oil.

5. Comb Your Hair in Sections Again

Comb your hair again with the wide-tooth comb. You could comb from ends to roots in small sections and style as you wish.

combed natural hair on a smiling teenager

When next you want to comb your hair, use any of these two methods for minimal breakage and less pain. You don’t have to comb your hair frequently. You can always twist or braid your hair to reduce the frequency of combing it and when you do comb your hair, be gentle and easy as you now know how to comb your natural hair without pain.

Nelly Henshaw

Nelly Henshaw is an Applied Criminology and Sociology Graduate working in Youth Justice Service who equally shares a passion for personal wellbeing and everything to do with Lifestyle such as, Food, Travel, Art, Fashion, Hair and Beauty. She lives in London, UK.

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