How To Comb African American Hair

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February 18, 2011 ‐ By Genevieve St. Bernard

African-American hair can break very easily if not combed properly. Here are a few important steps to take in order to make sure that your comb out isn’t a ‘tear out’!

1) NEVER comb dry African-American hair unless it has been straightened.

2) Use a wide tooth comb; a fine comb will tear Black hair and will take you much longer to de-tangle your tresses.

3) Combing your hair during your shampoo or conditioner is ideal, as the sudsy product will help the comb to slip through the hair more easily. You can also comb your hair just after washing; use a towel to blot excess water, then apply a liberal amount of your desired leave-in conditioner or daily styling product.

4) Start at the bottom of your hair and work your way to the top. Once you’ve combed all sections, run the comb over your entire head from the top to get any remaining tangles.

5) Take your time. Again, African American hair is very breakage prone and if you comb too quickly while your hair is wet, be prepared to lose a few strands.

6) Never comb through wet African American hair without using a conditioner or styling product. Don’t use too much water to re-wet your hair; if your hair gets dry during the combing process, add only a touch of water and more product.

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