How to Properly Comb Hair Video

February 9, 2009

This is a video from Lisa Akbari about how to properly comb natural hair. Personally, I think the technique can be applied to both natural and relaxed hair. Akbari demonstrates combing your hair by using your fingers only. She also goes into detail about which comb works with your hair type and when you should use a comb.

Does the method work? I say YES! I turned my nose up at the no combing recommendations in the past… But after doing it this way for the last two weeks, I’ve managed to limit myself to using a wide tooth comb to my weekly wash session. And that’s a huge benefit for me because I was very dependent on using my comb every day. I’ve noticed that I’m losing a lot less hair and I no longer attribute hair that I ripped from my head as just shed hair. Also, my retention is clearly on the up-swing. Does finger combing work for you?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen August 31, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I have refrained from using my wide tooth comb, and have been finger combing my hair. I loose less hair and it is actually easier to detangle. I wish I would have known this before I spent years ripping my hair out!

Melissa-jane October 23, 2009 at 6:40 am

I started finger combing in the last month because I saw this video on you tube, my initial response was “nah” but since I started twisting my hair as my staple style I find finger combing each section before I retwist it really beneficial. I have not used a comb for the whole of October and my hair is thriving.

Tel January 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I had to start finger combing because after four months, my transitioning hair was getting matted, and downright unruly at the line of demarcation. While I have nothing against locs, I must protest them forming involuntarily so early in my journey to natural hair, thus I put down the wide tooth comb and the denman brush. Both are great tools, and will be excellent for my curly hair, but at this time, the strange beast that lives on my head does not *like* my attempts at detangling with such implements. Right at the beginning of my transition I stopped combing my hair everyday, and limited detangling sessions to my weekly wash days. I found that I still wasn’t able to detangle properly though because I was afraid of the amount of breakage my hair would end up with in this delicate state. Suffice it to say that my fingers are more gentle than I thought, and this method allows me to keep the majority of my hair on my head until such time as I see fit to end my transition.

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