African-American women face challenges when caring for their hair and scalp. This includes how to comb natural hair without breakage.
If you ask someone about their biggest concerns, they will likely tell you that it’s hair damage and finding ways to ‘correct’ the problem. What we found, however, is African-American women may not be using the best way to comb their hair…
Yes, it seems as though there is a right way and a wrong way to comb Afro-textured hair without breaking it. Who knew, right? What some women of color don’t realize is that improper combing is the number one reason for a lack of hair growth.
Here is some advice on combing African-American hair without damage…
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The more you comb your strands, the more is strain put on the hair, and with this is a high probability of the hair breaking. Experts study the effects of combing the hair. The results are interesting…
Combing the hair can lead to the loss of important proteins. Many believe this is the hair cuticle breaking away. The hair starts to get shorter when it HASN’T been cut or trimmed due to improper combing.
Since more African-American women are attempting to make the necessary adjustments to wearing natural hair, it’s likely that questions will arise. Here are a few of those topics:
Shedding hair is a normal part of life. What’s not normal is breakage. People cause breakage. It’s what they do to the hair that breaks the hair off. If three strands break off, that’s OK… if six strands come out in the comb, that’s okay, too, per Lawrence Ray.
If more than ten come out, especially on wash day, there may be a real problem. Breakage is when you see a little white bulb at the end of the strands. That’s how a person knows the hair came from the root and that’s the difference between breakage and shedding.
If the bulb is not visible, feel for it. If there’s a bump on the end, there’s breakage, not shedding. And no, it doesn’t depend on the length, of if it’s natural or processed hair. Breakage is breakage and shedding is shedding.
Professionals warn against combing hair when it’s wet. It’s at a vulnerable stage. Try using a detangling system to reduce breakage or a wide tooth comb. Also, sectioning the hair before combing helps. Don’t forget to start at the ends and not at the roots to comb hair out.
African-American women are proud of their heritage and sport larger-than-life Afros! On the same positive note, women are wearing their natural hair longer than before.
However, to have long hair, the wearer must stop breakage. To stop breakage, one must learn how to comb natural hair without breaking it off. Caring for a curly Afro is not much different to natural curly Black hair.
To get the look without the fuss of having to comb out the hair, try this:
Avoid combing the hair just because or without a purpose. Some women want to “play” in the hair and while it may have calming effects or you can learn a new style, it’s not very good for the hair. What are solutions to combing the hair without breaking the hair? Let’s find out!
No matter how short, African-American hair is naturally curly, especially when wet. Combing it daily can be detrimental to the life of the hair. Yes, it’s true. Contrary to popular belief and practices, daily combing and styling can hurt the beautiful tresses on your head.
How do you comb natural short hair? There are a couple of ways to finger comb locks: roots-to-ends and ends-to-roots.
In either case, you should:
By the way, your fingernails should be filed smooth, so they don’t snag the hair. Have you tried a seamless comb? This comb is larger [and more expensive] than others, but it’s gentle on the hair and it has perfect teeth, free of burrs. Well worth the price.
Although it’s common to have breakage after shampooing, it doesn’t have to be that way. With that said, breakage can occur to dry hair as well, so what’s the solution? The hair is flexible when wet, but when it’s dry and at its strongest point, it easier to snap and break.
Keep reading to find tips which protect the hairdo, or the hair from breakage. What is important to realize is hair is best combed when damp, not saturated and not dry.
Okay, with that said, here are your tips:
Often, we don’t think that by combing the hair we are doing damage to the hair, but it happens. Using the fingers to comb and style the hair allows the wearer to become more familiar with each strand.
Being aware of the importance of combing the hair properly is the first step to preventing damage. Realizing wet hair is vulnerable, for this reason, more care is given to protect it. It’s better to finger comb hair when damp.
Use a soft towel to squeeze the hair, starting from the ends of the hair, working up to the roots. Don’t rub the hair, rather towel blot. Wrap the hair at night and choose the right pillow cases to help prevent breakage and over-combing.