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To comb or not to comb?

I haven't touched a comb or brush in over four months and since then I have noticed a significant reduction in my hair loss and my tangles have been under control for about two months now since I am finally conditioned well and the heat damage is gone. But here is my problem. When I finger comb in the shower I can see little hairs that are not knots or tangles but are not uniform with the rest of my hair either. I think they are the reason I look frizzy when I shouldn't be.

I guess my question is who combs? Who brushes? Who finger combs? When? I hate to ruin all my months of only finger combing but will a wide toothed comb make a difference?
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

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  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    I usually just comb my conditioner through and also my leave-in conditioner when I use it. I was brushing product through with my Denman brush and it works well, but lately I'm finding I'm getting better curl formation if I just rake & scrunch my products through.
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  • tctc Posts: 986Registered Users
    I love love love combing & brushing! My hair doesn't seem to mind it at all. (I am 2b/2c and probably not curly enough to get the brush-induced poofiness)

    I have a little fine-toothed wooden comb that I use in the shower to get all the hairs aligned before I wipe it with a cloth under running water. (part of my water-washing routine). I also use the comb to distribute conditioner on the days when I wash it with conditioner.

    I also have an Ouchless paddle brush that I use when I need to dry it quickly with the blow-dryer.

    If I am going for a wavier look then I use the wooden comb in the shower, then finger comb to mess it up a little in the shower, then scrunch and air-dry. but that takes a while to dry so I usually go with blow-drying it while brushing.
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    It's not something I would do with my dry hair unless I wanted a funny pic. But, I do like combing my conditioner through with a wide tooth comb, and, if I use [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Curling-Custard-p-778.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-curling-custard]KCCC[/buylink], I get better application if I brush it through with a Denman brush.
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I would only dare comb in the shower with condish in. Who prefers wide toothed combs? Who like small toothed combs? Why do you personally use them?
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • msgibletmsgiblet Posts: 5,825Registered Users
    I would only dare comb in the shower with condish in. Who prefers wide toothed combs? Who like small toothed combs? Why do you personally use them?

    I prefer a wide-tooth to detangle and comb conditioner through. A small tooth comb would never survive - I don't know how many I would break trying to comb through this thick, tangled hair!
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    January 9th was the last time my hair was combed. I let the hairdresser comb it because it makes her happy. :clown:

    I always finger detangle when I shampoo or cowash. I can also spot finger detangle when applying daily product. No comb or brush is necessary now that my hair is well moisturized.
  • rhunte4rhunte4 Posts: 7Registered Users
    I comb my rinse-out through with a wide-toothed comb...old habit from when my hair was really long and had the tendency to get tangled on things (and itself).
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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,677Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I comb through my rinse out and leave-in co's with a wide toothed comb. I also do a part with it and comb the top of my hair as it's rather thin and combing is the best way I can arrange the hair to avoid the "bald" look.My roots are quite straight so that's not as bad as it sounds!
    3b in South Australia.
  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    Starmie wrote: »
    I comb through my rinse out and leave-in co's with a wide toothed comb. I also do a part with it and comb the top of my hair as it's rather thin and combing is the best way I can arrange the hair to avoid the "bald" look.My roots are quite straight so that's not as bad as it sounds!

    I also do this (other than the part part :lol:). Then I use a wide toothed pick(??) to lift my hair at the top and back prior to diffusing to get it unstuck from my head.

    This is the pick I use - I put it in on a angle about an inch from the top of my head and just lift the hair...I do this all around my head prior to diffusing.

    ConairHairLiftCombs.jpg
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  • DEL2CDEL2C Posts: 6,418Registered Users
    xcptnl wrote: »
    Starmie wrote: »
    I comb through my rinse out and leave-in co's with a wide toothed comb. I also do a part with it and comb the top of my hair as it's rather thin and combing is the best way I can arrange the hair to avoid the "bald" look.My roots are quite straight so that's not as bad as it sounds!

    I also do this (other than the part part :lol:). Then I use a wide toothed pick(??) to lift my hair at the top and back prior to diffusing to get it unstuck from my head.

    This is the pick I use - I put it in on a angle about an inch from the top of my head and just lift the hair...I do this all around my head prior to diffusing.

    ConairHairLiftCombs.jpg
    WHOA Baby!! FLASHBACK of those things sticking out :afro: in the 70's!!!! :laughing7:

    I find if I comb/brush too often I end up super poofy so if you like lots of Body go for it. Jess You won't harm your hair as long as it's very wet and properly moisturized. Have you seen the videos on Frizzoff.com? Jonathan uses a fine tooth comb to detangle after LI and using CK you should check it out. I don't think there can be any set rules on this it really depends on your hair.
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    DEL2C wrote: »
    xcptnl wrote: »
    Starmie wrote: »
    I comb through my rinse out and leave-in co's with a wide toothed comb. I also do a part with it and comb the top of my hair as it's rather thin and combing is the best way I can arrange the hair to avoid the "bald" look.My roots are quite straight so that's not as bad as it sounds!

    I also do this (other than the part part :lol:). Then I use a wide toothed pick(??) to lift my hair at the top and back prior to diffusing to get it unstuck from my head.

    This is the pick I use - I put it in on a angle about an inch from the top of my head and just lift the hair...I do this all around my head prior to diffusing.

    ConairHairLiftCombs.jpg
    WHOA Baby!! FLASHBACK of those things sticking out :afro: in the 70's!!!! :laughing7:

    I find if I comb/brush too often I end up super poofy so if you like lots of Body go for it. Jess You won't harm your hair as long as it's very wet and properly moisturized. Have you seen the videos on Frizzoff.com? Jonathan uses a fine tooth comb to detangle after LI and using CK you should check it out. I don't think there can be any set rules on this it really depends on your hair.

    :lol: I will use whatever makes my hair not stick to my head and keep the scalp show through at a minimum.
    Central Massachusetts

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  • k_vssyk_vssy Posts: 240Registered Users
    I know this is not the norm around here, but I like to use a wide tooth comb to detangle, and then a fine tooth one because otherwise my hair just won't all lay in the same direction. I do all that before I rinse out my conditioner though, so it doesn't mess with clumping too much. This week I tried to just finger detangle all week, and while it made little difference in clumping, my hair was definitely frizzier and stuck to itself in weird places. Maybe it's just because my hair wants to tangle no matter what I do with it.
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  • lodylody Posts: 334Registered Users
    I use my comb right up until my last products and I do think my hair would be much worse without it. I comb to detangle my hair, for one. I comb after having squeezed water out of my hair with a towel, to get all my hair "together", and I comb my hair to part it (it falls flat enogh on top to require a neat part). I use a small toothed comb. I find my least frizzy curls are when I comb my hair out (it is barely wavy when wet, so I can make it lie all "nice"), put my products in, possibly comb it again, and then "scrunch the curls in" XD if I don't all I get is frizz... anyways, I can't see how combing when you're sopping wet could kill curls o.O
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  • LisaF1163LisaF1163 Posts: 1,079Registered Users
    Well, I will say this - with all my crabbing and complaining about trying to find the right combo of products and ingredients, the one thing that hasn't screwed me up is getting rid of the comb. I've been doing strictly finger styling, separating, raking product through, etc. for a couple of weeks now, and that has at least helped somewhat. It's like the one silver lining I have going on till I work out what to actually use in my hair.
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    Finger combing was working great until this week. I just can't get the frizz under control and I can see it start in the shower with condish in. I'm gonna try a comb. I've got to try something. Glad to know so many of you use one. Thanks!
    High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

  • starcrosserstarcrosser Posts: 183Registered Users
    I need to use a wide tooth comb to distribute products. I've tried to do it sans comb many times, and it just doesn't work for me. Like some others mentioned, I also use the comb to spread my thin hair out so my scalp doesn't show. Actually I don't have too many issues with combing or brushing though. When my hair is totally dry, I can even comb the roots to about ear length to smooth, and I won't get any frizz at all. If I comb any farther down, it totally wrecks the curls, of course.
    3A curls, fine texture, thin (it's always been that way). A few inches past shoulder length and would like it to grow very long.

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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    Finger combing alone doesn't work at all for me. I usually comb conditioner thru in the shower, although that's not 'required', but I always comb product thru. My hair just does terrible if I don't, no matter how thoroughly I've tried to work the product thru.

    I tried using a Denman for a while and got some very good results, but I always seemed to get a few locks that went totally straight and would not start curling up again not matter how much scrunching I did, usually right in the front in my face frame. I've finally given up on it altogether.

    Otherwise the only time I comb or brush is sometimes in the evening if I know I'm going to wash in the morning, I give it a good brushing with a supposed therapy brush with 'copper infused' bristles for my scalp. Don't know how much good it actually does, but it feels wonderful and removes loose hairs. Have to do it very gently, though.
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I combed today with a pick like xcptnl posted above in the shower after finger combing and the result was a little better on the frizz but I lost a lot more hair than I usually do. I bought this comb today and since it's made for detangling I hope it's a little better. /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fus.st12.yimg.com%2Fus.st.yimg.com%2FI%2Fyhst-51231690038868_2036_96897" class="Popup
    I have actually used a detangling comb like this on my daughter's hair her whole life and can't believe I never thought to use it on mine.
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  • darcurldarcurl Posts: 586Registered Users
    i love combs. wide tooth combs make my hair feel so energized. i use the widest one possible and i run it through conditioned hair, while the condish is in.

    i really haven't tried running it through my product, but tomorrow i have a new technique to try and i will be able to say if i like it or not.

    here is an awesome link to a short video about a curl cloth, in the beginning the girl washing her hair is using a wide tooth comb, looks great right.
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  • .Musical.Junkie..Musical.Junkie. Posts: 191Registered Users
    I don't comb in the shower, but i've started to comb my hair in the morning when i wet it to distribute the products, and it's resulted in much better hair days
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  • shelbymustangshelbymustang Posts: 391Registered Users
    Personally, I'm washing about every 4 days so there are quite a few knots in there after multiple pony tails. Therefore, I absolutely MUST comb through and I usually due in the shower while conditioning. If I apply products then I may comb through for even distribution. But, my wide comb is the shower and stays there where it belongs. Once my hair is no longer soaking wet and conditioned, a comb isn't going near it!
  • abritta3abritta3 Posts: 37Registered Users
    I barely ever comb my hair now (since Jan and my last visit to the salon) but if I do, I use a wide tooth comb.
    I bought mine at WalMart for around $3 :)
    Make sure to start at the ends!
    The only reason I do use a comb is if I just feel my curls are completely out of control...but usually I use Tresseme Anti-breakage conditioner (amazing!!) and I finger comb it through my hair, rinse and then all I have to do is shake my hair when I'm out of the shower and scrunch some product in and I'm good to go!
    Hope this helps!!
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  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Posts: 4,858Registered Users
    Does that Tresseme conditioner have 'cones? All of theirs I've ever looked at did, so I've quit even bothering to look at their products . . . .
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  • E.B.E.B. Posts: 158Registered Users
    I would only dare comb in the shower with condish in. Who prefers wide toothed combs? Who like small toothed combs? Why do you personally use them?
    Me, too - I only comb in the shower with conditioner in. I use a wide toothed comb to prevent breakage (there's a picture of my comb at /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hotcombs.net%2Fproducts%2FMagic-Star-Jumbo-Rake.html" class="Popup). I have a Jilbere shower comb that I have attempted to use, but my hair is too thick for that.
    abritta3 wrote: »
    I barely ever comb my hair now (since Jan and my last visit to the salon) but if I do, I use a wide tooth comb.
    I bought mine at WalMart for around $3 :)
    Make sure to start at the ends!
    The only reason I do use a comb is if I just feel my curls are completely out of control...but usually I use Tresseme Anti-breakage conditioner (amazing!!) and I finger comb it through my hair, rinse and then all I have to do is shake my hair when I'm out of the shower and scrunch some product in and I'm good to go!
    Hope this helps!!
    I love Tresemme conditioners! I have used Anti-Breakage, Thermal Recovery, and Moisture Rich. They are great for detangling!
  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    My new comb is amazing! I am losing less hair than I have in years and my frizz is much better. Oh I'm so happy I gave in.
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  • loewinloewin Posts: 246Registered Users
    to this discussion but, I thought I'd share what I've been doing over the last couple of days.

    My frizz is horrendous. I tried several of the techniques I've seen on this site, but nothing is helping in that department. What i figured was that perhaps I needed to smooth the hair together somehow to stop the frizz. so after towel drying I put my products in and comb them thru in sections with a smaller toothed comb. After combing each section i scrunch that section individually. On the top of my hair i comb straight up and scrunch that way. I have better results like that.

    Last night I tried to just finger comb and scrunch in the shower but...eek. Frizz was way bad, defiantly had to break out the fine tooth comb.
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