Any type 4's that don't comb their hair

alsaxonalsaxon Registered Users Posts: 734
Okay, I'm ready for a change. My hair has been at the same length forever. It's healthy and thick with no split ends but always the same length. The last year has been the most it has grown because I've been working at home during that period. Why is that? Because I do very little styling now. Very little styling means very little combing. It stays in a puff or an afro. I add leave in and throw it in two buns at night or very seldom might do some big twists at night to stretch. When I wash, since I don't plan to do any fancy styles, I just finger detangle. And I don't mean the intricate finger detangling that takes hours. I mean big sections where I just feel for obvious knots. Trust me my wash session is done in 30 minutes or less and I'm out. I'm convinced my length retention issues are because of combing, even once a week is too much for me I think. I haven't even been wearing protective styles the last year and I've retained length. Well maybe you can call it protective even when out because at night i just mush some moisturizer in it and ponytail it, next day mist and fluff, so no manipulation really. I love my texture when it hasn't been combed or manipulated into a different texture with twists actually. My hair has always been prone to knots and tangles, but dropping the comb from the regimen has not increased them whatsoever, no locking or anything.


So all this to ask have any type 4's noticed more length when they threw away the comb? I think I am just going to use the comb when I need my hair sleek such as for a great twist out or nice twists or a blowout or press which I seldom do.

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  • honeyhoneyhoneyhoney Registered Users Posts: 33 Curl Neophyte
    i haven't used a comb in a year my hair is much healthier i have 4a hair and instead of using gels i just use a little water leave in conditioner and a bit of olive oil and twist my hair to keep it stretched i always wear my hair stretched now and my breakage has minimized ten folds i doubt i'll use a comb any time soon
  • alsaxonalsaxon Registered Users Posts: 734
    honeyhoney wrote: »
    i haven't used a comb in a year my hair is much healthier i have 4a hair and instead of using gels i just use a little water leave in conditioner and a bit of olive oil and twist my hair to keep it stretched i always wear my hair stretched now and my breakage has minimized ten folds i doubt i'll use a comb any time soon

    Thanks so glad to hear that. I am also finding that my hair has a nice coily textured when I don't comb it. Love your profile pic by the way.
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  • adthomasadthomas Registered Users Posts: 5,525 Curl Neophyte
    Funny thing is I was thinking the other day since I have started combing my hair more often my retention is better. I tried no combs but I get shed hair tangles so bad with my other hair I have to cut it out. I was comb detangling once a week but I saw Nap85 videos on how to modify denman and how to detangle dry hair ( i still spritz). So im combing more than once a week.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    I think there is a big thread on this on nappturality.com Personally I'm trying this cause my hair is find strands and only has medium density. I think I've come to accept that naturally curly/kinky hair is just gonna tangle and to only get out major sangs. Right now my hair super short/twa so I haven't had a need to finger detangle/comb what not for over a month. :mrgreen: When my hair is longer, we'll see
  • FronomenalFronomenal Registered Users Posts: 712 Curl Neophyte
    I don't use combs or brushes to detangle my hair. I've been finger-detangling since mid/late 2010. Combs cause unnecessary breakage (and heartache) for my dense kinky, coily hair.

    I finger-detangle on stretched, sectioned (10 or 12 sections), conditioner-coated hair before shampooing. Then I shampoo in twisted sections -- unraveling and re-doing each one to rinse thoroughly.

    I've experienced less breakage, better length retention and better detangling sessions since finger-combing.

  • IrisChacon1984IrisChacon1984 Registered Users Posts: 158
    Finger detangle and my trusty denman brush. I do have a comb for thick hair if I have a disaster but just my hands and brush help me!
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  • itsKelCeeEeeitsKelCeeEee Registered Users Posts: 1,084 Curl Neophyte
    I've tried on various occasions to finger detangle my hair and every time my hair's like "GirllllIWISHYOUWOULD". It just does not work out.

    I DO want to try detangling my hair more than once a week now that I saw adthomas post. My hair does seem to retain length better the times I detangle my hair at least twice a week (I only detangle when washing my hair typically) and I wonder if a detangling session on dry hair with a wide tooth comb and some coconut oil would do anything. Hmmm....
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  • adthomasadthomas Registered Users Posts: 5,525 Curl Neophyte
    I've tried on various occasions to finger detangle my hair and every time my hair's like "GirllllIWISHYOUWOULD". It just does not work out.

    I DO want to try detangling my hair more than once a week now that I saw adthomas post. My hair does seem to retain length better the times I detangle my hair at least twice a week (I only detangle when washing my hair typically) and I wonder if a detangling session on dry hair with a wide tooth comb and some coconut oil would do anything. Hmmm....

    You should watch Naptural85 videos on how to modify denman and the other is about getting a blowout without heat. I used that method to detangle my hair except hers was completely dry and I spritz just a little water. Worked well for me.
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  • Aliciamelena87Aliciamelena87 Registered Users Posts: 68
    Comb-free is the way to be! I avoid combs and brushes. My hair has always tangled like it was its job and going comb-free hasn't made it worse. I found that my hair likes to be left alone. I just use the Q-Redew to refresh styles. I also use the Q-Redew for the rare detangling session. It really helps.
  • lisanaturallylisanaturally Registered Users Posts: 20
    I don't use a comb or brush, I finger detangle and I feel like its saved me a lot of hair loss. Plus my hair seems fuller.
  • bobbybobby Registered Users Posts: 785 Curl Connoisseur
    alsaxon wrote: »
    Okay, I'm ready for a change. My hair has been at the same length forever. It's healthy and thick with no split ends but always the same length. The last year has been the most it has grown because I've been working at home during that period. Why is that? Because I do very little styling now. Very little styling means very little combing. It stays in a puff or an afro. I add leave in and throw it in two buns at night or very seldom might do some big twists at night to stretch. When I wash, since I don't plan to do any fancy styles, I just finger detangle. And I don't mean the intricate finger detangling that takes hours. I mean big sections where I just feel for obvious knots. Trust me my wash session is done in 30 minutes or less and I'm out. I'm convinced my length retention issues are because of combing, even once a week is too much for me I think. I haven't even been wearing protective styles the last year and I've retained length. Well maybe you can call it protective even when out because at night i just mush some moisturizer in it and ponytail it, next day mist and fluff, so no manipulation really. I love my texture when it hasn't been combed or manipulated into a different texture with twists actually. My hair has always been prone to knots and tangles, but dropping the comb from the regimen has not increased them whatsoever, no locking or anything.


    So all this to ask have any type 4's noticed more length when they threw away the comb? I think I am just going to use the comb when I need my hair sleek such as for a great twist out or nice twists or a blowout or press which I seldom do.

    Holla at your girl! :sign5:

    I'm the furthest thing from being a 4 but even as a 2b/2c, I love this topic. First of all, I saw your album and my goodness, I love your hair. It looks gorgeous. :)


    When I first started wearing my hair longer I did everything from blow-dry using a round styling brush and sometimes curling iron but found that took way too long. I pretty much just co-wash and finger tousle now and have been much happier. I almost never use a comb or brush but on the rare occasion I do come I use my pick, the same one you see in my hair now. Just proud that I am loving my curls after all these years of resisting them.
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  • artemis513artemis513 Registered Users Posts: 666 Curl Neophyte
    Once I stopped using a comb or denman my hair's thickness seemed like it tripled! It was crazy. Every now and then I pull out my Mason Pearson rake comb to detangle and I have to put it now because my fingers are just so much better now. It was a challenge at first but I kept at it, and figured out how to finger detangle thoroughly and quickly. I won't go back to combs, at this point they take too long lol and don't do as good of a job as my fingers.
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  • FronomenalFronomenal Registered Users Posts: 712 Curl Neophyte
    artemis513 wrote: »
    Once I stopped using a comb or denman my hair's thickness seemed like it tripled! It was crazy. Every now and then I pull out my Mason Pearson rake comb to detangle and I have to put it now because my fingers are just so much better now. It was a challenge at first but I kept at it, and figured out how to finger detangle thoroughly and quickly. I won't go back to combs, at this point they take too long lol and don't do as good of a job as my fingers.
    The same thing happened to me! My hair got way thicker after I stopped using my (knock off) Denman. It's crazy how much hair that thing ripped out. :angry1:

  • NayaMooreNayaMoore Registered Users Posts: 60
    I just stopped combing this week, makes a huge difference. Last summer when I used nothing but my fingers my hair thrived. But when I used the comb these past couple months my hair was a mess. Only been a few days and I can tell the difference, fingercombing works great for me.
  • NebhNebh Registered Users Posts: 36
    Finger comb. If I have any knots, I gently pull them apart. Shedded hair makes it way to my ends. I just pull the stragglers free.
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  • curlicious13curlicious13 Registered Users Posts: 1,632 Curl Neophyte
    My hair looks matted & strange when I finger detangle. I use a denman brush & it works like a charm.
  • curliefrocurliefro Registered Users Posts: 45
    I had been having stagnant hair growth, and for the past 1 1/2 years, I have exclusively finger combed. Big difference, detangling was better (able to feel for shed hair and tangles better w/o breakage) and I went from almost BSL to almost WL :smile:

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