To comb or not to comb??

chgurlsngchgurlsng Posts: 137Registered Users
I'm sure this has been brought up before, but I just want to know. How is a 2b supposed to get tangles out without combing? When I comb, my hair is flat and a little frizzy. When I don't comb, it is so natted up! What does everyone do for this? Fingercombing doesn't work, either.

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  • LucilleLucille Posts: 588Registered Users
    I just finger comb during the Conditioner/NoPoo wash step in the shower. Seems to be enough detangling for my shoulder-length, medium - thick hair.
  • kimmyckimmyc Posts: 551Registered Users
    annemj wrote:
    I just finger comb during the Conditioner/NoPoo wash step in the shower. Seems to be enough detangling for my shoulder-length, medium - thick hair.

    My hair is about 2 inches above BSL in the back and only finger combing works for me too! :)
    2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
  • LucilleLucille Posts: 588Registered Users
    It's all in the "when" for me. If I finger comb when dry, it ends up just shy of the horrors that would occur if I brushed it. If I finger comb during the last conditioning process, the curl is broken up more than I want it to be. I could comb it in the wash phase, but it's unnecessary to reach out of the tub and grab the comb; so why bother.
  • kpkp Posts: 1Registered Users
    how's the moisture balance of your hair right now? the reason i ask (and it's probably terribly presumptuous of me being that i'm new to all of this still and this is my very first post! :oops: ) is that i had a similar problem, and as it turned out, it was because my hair was stripped and dried out from a combination of long-term coloring and sulfate shampoos. even the elucence MBS was too drying for me; whenever i used it i'd have to resort to combing to get the snarls out, and then i'd end up with poofy, undefined hair. i've been using ABBA true curls 'poo more recently (along with MBC and honey rinses) and since then, i haven't needed to comb at all. my hair just sort of falls into place and isn't tangly or frizzy, something i never thought would ever happen, heh heh! so it could be that you just need more moisture, or that your hair doesn't like sulfates (or maybe protein). i don't know whether any of this is relevant to you, and it's certainly nothing the more experienced ladies on this board couldn't tell ya, but i thought i'd share, anyway. good luck! :D
    2b/3a F ii. or something like that, anyway.

    some devacurl, some jessicurl, and honeybush hair tea. it might not always look good, but hey, at least it smells nice!
  • chgurlsngchgurlsng Posts: 137Registered Users
    um, actually i don't really use shampoo too often and when i do, it's baby shampoo diluted. I also don't use much product (just gel) and once in a while, hair spray. I have been this way since December, so I don't know why I have this problem.
    Thanks, though for all the great advice. I really appreciate it.

    -Charla
  • kjwavykjwavy Posts: 362Registered Users
    I comb with a wide-tooth comb (upside down) every time I have conditioner on my hair. My hair sheds a LOT, so I need to get those loose hairs out & finger combing doesn't work for me, as the hair gets caught & snagged on my rings (I can't get the rings off :roll: ). I always rinse upside down, too, which helps with the volume :)
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Discovered nc.com in 09/2003

    2b~~fine texture~~normal porosity (except for highlights, which are high)~~normal elasticity~~medium density


    Shampoo: Still use sulfates, but only on roots
    Rinse out: Deva One C, JC Too Shea, Original Sprouts Deep Conditioner
    Curl Enhancers: KCCC; JC Rocking Ringlets, JC Spiralicious, & Confident Coils
    Styler: BRHG (over any and all curl enhancers) - this is the one product that I never change - absolute HG!!


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  • DancingbadgerDancingbadger Posts: 136Registered Users
    I also comb and rinse upsidedown. I go back and forth with finger combing and combing, I do it when I have the condish in.
    My hair is a mix of 2b/3a and even a bit of 3b thrown in! I would call my hair wavycelli. It curls most when I leave it alone after wet scrunching. My hair has a spring factor of about 2 or 3 inches and has a very silky, medium texture.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    I also comb and rinse upsidedown. I go back and forth with finger combing and combing, I do it when I have the condish in.

    Same here. I am finding that the more moisturized my hair is (the longer I have taken better care of it), the easier it is to just finger comb. I also get better clumping this way too. The best thing to combat tangles is the right conditioner for your hair. Conditioners are more important to me than styling products :D
  • noel06noel06 Posts: 12Registered Users
    I use a wide tooth comb when I put conditioner in my hair (if I so much as look at the comb while it's drying my hair gets angry, but while it's wet it helps with distributing the conditioner evenly). Really, though, the most effective detangling just comes from the water running through it.
    Dark brown BSL 2B - when I was a baby, strangers would ask my mom, "Did you perm your daughter's hair?"

    For the record, that isn't me in my av! Camera crapped out, and so have to make do with pics of twins :p
  • eastcoastwaveseastcoastwaves Posts: 54Registered Users
    I comb with a wide toothed comb before shampooing (to eliminate tangles & breakage in the wash) Then I do a stimulting scalp brushing (to encourage blood circulation, like massage, but ONLT on the scalp, NEVER the length)and I comb again with conditioner in, then once more after squeezing the water out before air drying. i have long hair that tangles easily, if I didn't comb at these stages I would have tangles & breakage. my routine works very well for me
    "It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got"

    2b
  • easchusteaschust Posts: 16Registered Users
    I finger-comb before putting the conditioner in. I massage/scrunch the conditioner in - if I comb it in, the curls won't clump up the way I want them to.

    Then again, my hair is fairly short, chin/shoulder length.
    Erin

    2A with some 3A/B, lots of fine hair
  • DolphinCurlsDolphinCurls Posts: 370Registered Users
    noel06 wrote:
    I use a wide tooth comb when I put conditioner in my hair (if I so much as look at the comb while it's drying my hair gets angry, but while it's wet it helps with distributing the conditioner evenly). Really, though, the most effective detangling just comes from the water running through it.

    I do the same.
    3A/2C combination of ringlets and waves :nike:
  • meegsmeegs Posts: 354Registered Users
    I as well comb my hair when I have conditioner in. Mostly with a wide-tooth comb, but occasionally finger comb. So long as I rinse it without re-combing, the water seems to do an OK job of re-clumping, if that makes sense.

    If I comb at any other time, it's hair haywire.
    2b-ish--embracing my waves this summer
    Aussie Catch the Wave condish, L'Oreal NutriGloss condish; Nexxus Designing Texxtur Cream, Rusk Radical Creme, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse, Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam; coconut oil for DTs
  • ChelleChelle Posts: 131Registered Users
    noel06 wrote:
    I use a wide tooth comb when I put conditioner in my hair (if I so much as look at the comb while it's drying my hair gets angry, but while it's wet it helps with distributing the conditioner evenly). Really, though, the most effective detangling just comes from the water running through it.

    Is that your hair in your avatar? If so, it is gorgeous :D

    Chelle
    2a?, using MOP C system hydrating poo, Elucence conditioner, B&A Biomineral gel......off and on results....rely most on my curling iron for help
  • Ava79Ava79 Posts: 159Registered Users
    I only widetooth comb during the rinse after the condish has been in it for a minute or so. A brush/comb never touches it after that. That seems to suffice. I don't have any tangle or knot problems. The curls always spring back up after it dries a bit in the towel.

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