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How often do you comb your hair?

avaanstaravaanstar Posts: 168Registered Users
I was wondering how often everyone combs their hair a week. I comb it once a week and it takes 2 and a half hours! It becomes very tangled by the end of the week, but I don't have time to be combing it during the week days, really... How frequently should you be coming your hair a week?
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  • burgundy_locksburgundy_locks Posts: 2,420Registered Users
    why do you comb out ur hair? i only comb my hair in the shower with tons of conditioner so it could detangle. if i combed out my hair now, it would just be an afro.
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  • avaanstaravaanstar Posts: 168Registered Users
    why do you comb out ur hair? i only comb my hair in the shower with tons of conditioner so it could detangle. if i combed out my hair now, it would just be an afro.

    Oh, I meant detangle not comb out...how often do you detangle?
  • AimWardAimWard Posts: 192Registered Users
    I have shoulder length 4A/3C hair and believe it or not, I rarely get tangles. (I low-poo and condition my hair in 4 loose twists and I also sleep in 4 loose twists with a satin scarf to combat tangles and frizziness). This ritual has resulted in me only having to detangle about once every 2 weeks or so. Even then, the comb only comes into play if I can't get the knot out using my fingers and I do this when my hair is wet and full of slippery conditioner.

    I used to comb my hair once a week (whether tangles were present or not). No matter how gentle I was or how much conditioner I used, I kept seeing little broken hairs all over the floor after my once a week combing sessions. Using the comb only when tangles are present and when my fingers can't fix it, has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced breakage.
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  • taltaltaltal Posts: 614Registered Users
    How do you comb your hair ? It shouldn't be taking you 2.5 hours !

    I comb my hair each time I wash my hair ( about once a week ) sometimes twice a week. It takes me about 10 minutes. I comb my hair only when it's soaking wet with a lot of conditioner on it, with a big wide comb.

    Always comb from the ends to the roots. After combing the ends, move up a bit at a time till you reach the roots.
    No matter how many tangles my hair has, it doesn't take me more than 10 to 15 minutes.

    If you have questions, feel free to ask.

    No wonder you feel you don't have time to comb your hair. 2.5 hours is too long ! When you start combing it in 10 minutes you will have time to comb your hair whenever you feel like.

    Good luck :)
  • Hakim NuraldinHakim Nuraldin Posts: 1,467Registered Users
    You should only "comb" or detangle, when your hair is completely and absolutely wet and loaded with a good moisturizing conditioner, preferably with a lot of slip.

    Try that.
  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Any time that I wet my hair, i have to detangle it. I comb only then. I would say 5-7 days per week is when I comb.
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  • Melanie_LinnMelanie_Linn Posts: 457Registered Users
    twice a week is average for me, but i condition and detangle in sections. it only take 15 min then i let it sit for the rest of my shower.
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  • yamircarlayamircarla Posts: 38Registered Users
    I have shoulder length (bra lenght when straight) 4A hair and I cowash twice a week. I only detangle once a week with a comb in the shower when my hair is dripping wet with water and conditioner. It takes me about 45 min to an hour to detangle because my hair is thick, but 2.5 hours is way too long. Like everyone else stated make sure your hair is dripping wet with water and conditioner,and this will cut down on detangle time.
  • *Marah**Marah* Posts: 8,032Registered Users
    I personally only comb my hair when it's soaking wet and heavily saturated with a conditioner.

    Although, I co-wash (wash with conditioner) my hair pretty much every single day... I only comb my hair out in the shower once every three days. I don't find that my hair is extremely tangled either. It takes me about 5-6 minutes to comb out my hair and I have a lot of it and it's very thick.

    I attribute the minimal tangles to the fact that I always keep my hair very conditioned and moisturized. Plus, I only sleep on satin pillow cases in bed.. I wear a satin bonnet if I feel like lying down on the couch or something as much as I can remember to do so..

    On the days that I don't use a comb.. I simply finger comb my hair by starting at the ends of my wet condition saturated hair and wiggle my fingers from ends to root. My hand slips through pretty easy. If I catch a tangle..I simply keep wiggling my fingers until the tangle is loose but in a very gentle fashion. I found the best way to do this is with my head upside down or turned to one side.

    I don't ever brush my hair unless I am trying to slick it back for a ponytail or updo and even then conditioner is on it and I use a very soft bristle brush when I do.

    I used to like the Denman brush but found a huge wide tooth comb I prefer over it. So my Denmans are not being used at all.

    2.5 hours is an abnormal amount of time to be detangling and such a long time manipulating curly hair could end up eventually in a bunch of unwanted breakage. If the hair is conditioned and moisturized well..it should NOT be a lot of tangles in the hair in the first place. A change in hair care practices is probably needed if the hair is always horribly tangled.
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  • ~Curly~~Curly~ Banned Posts: 772Banned Users
    combing in the shower is cumbersome I rather see what i'm doing... I comb my hair just about everyday... make sure it is soaking wet and full of conditioner or it will take 2.5 hours... usually takes about 20-30 mins if i've worn my hair down .. if i had it braided or in a ponytail usually takes 15 mins or less to detangle... LMAO when you have curly hair combing and detangling are the same thing.. i doubt people are taking a comb and styling their curly hair.. thats just seems like a whole lot of unnecessary pain....

    Going a week without combing my hair even with being soaking wet and full of conditioner would take me at least an hour to detangle.. SMH
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  • jonesybirdjonesybird Posts: 141Registered Users
    Hi,

    I comb my hair when I wash which is maybe 2-3 times a month. I use [buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/Kinky-Curly-Knot-Today-p-207.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=kinkycurly-knot-today-leaveindetangler]Knot Today[/buylink] and that stuff is magic in a bottle. I section in 4 fours after I shampoo with Come Clean...The slip is amazing! Takes about 20 mintues.
  • helloyellowbirdhelloyellowbird Banned Posts: 1,632Banned Users
    I detangle when I get out of the shower.
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  • hercurlshercurls Posts: 27Registered Users
    I comb every couple of days. There is no wrong or right about how often you comb your hair. It also depends on how you wear your hair daily and what you do to protect and maintain it at night. What do you do as your night routine? In your pictures, the style you have your hair in, doesn't seem to need constant grooming. So once a week is ok. But if it takes you two hours at the end of the week, you might want to comb one time during the week and that should cut your detangling time at the end of the week.
  • SandiSandi Posts: 364Registered Users
    Hmm.. Maybe I'll try your guys' advice. My hair is knotting and matting terribly in the back and the under layers.. sigh..

    Normally I just detangle with my fingers, but I find that some parts of my hair clump naturally so when I usually my special clumping method, those pieces get screwed up while the rest is clumping.. *sighs*
    But yeah, make sure you use a lot of conditioner and don't pull on your hair to hard; if you hit a large knot, don't try to comb it out (that'll lead to baaaad breakage), try and use your fingers...
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  • MixedUpCurlyChickMixedUpCurlyChick Posts: 2,568Registered Users
    Evereyone is different...it shouldn't take 2 hours but it really depends on how long and thick/dense your hair is. If you have knots every time, I could see why it would take that long. I find that when I'm using the right products on my hair, it is much less tangled. I am currently not combing my hair at all.

    I'm just detangling with my fingers 2-4 times a week when I wash it. I also find that when I wash it more often, its less detangled. I always use conditioner but I don't always use shampoo. I alternate shampoo with Nubian Heritage black soap and Dr. Bonner's magic soap. But again, everyone is different. Some people need to shampoo more often than others. In any event, like everyone said, just make sure your hair is saturated!
    avaanstar wrote: »
    I was wondering how often everyone combs their hair a week. I comb it once a week and it takes 2 and a half hours! It becomes very tangled by the end of the week, but I don't have time to be combing it during the week days, really... How frequently should you be coming your hair a week?
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  • curls 2nvcurls 2nv Posts: 318Registered Users
    i detangle about once or twice a week. it takes me a while too, like an hour on average each time i detangle. i think it may be because of your thick texture and the type of curls you have, idk. my hair in the front can take as little as 10 minutes to detangle (my hair is fragile so i comb slowly) because it is more wavy and 3b.... but once i hit the back of my head to my 3c corkscrews, i be wanting to do this :sad2: because it takes like 30-40 min to detangle... and i have to take my time because my hair is fragile. maybe you can divide your hair into sections when you detangle. my 3c back section is usually divided into 4 sections, and if one section gets too hard to comb through, i divide that in half again. it is easier to keep dividing it than to struggle with a big tangled section.
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  • CurlLeeCurlLee Posts: 221Registered Users
    curls 2nv wrote: »
    i detangle about once or twice a week. it takes me a while too, like an hour on average each time i detangle. i think it may be because of your thick texture and the type of curls you have, idk. my hair in the front can take as little as 10 minutes to detangle (my hair is fragile so i comb slowly) because it is more wavy and 3b.... but once i hit the back of my head to my 3c corkscrews, i be wanting to do this :sad2: because it takes like 30-40 min to detangle... and i have to take my time because my hair is fragile. maybe you can divide your hair into sections when you detangle. my 3c back section is usually divided into 4 sections, and if one section gets too hard to comb through, i divide that in half again. it is easier to keep dividing it than to struggle with a big tangled section.



    same here...
    it took me a while to detangle too.
    smaller sections is all i can say.
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  • rockstarnurserockstarnurse Posts: 48Registered Users
    Um, I find it so amazing on here when people say they don't comb/detangle their hair. I absolutely have to do this EVERY time I wash it, (once a week, twice or more a week in the summer) or I'll end up with matted locked hair! Yikes!
  • curledlovecurledlove Posts: 444Registered Users
    to shorten detangling time try protective styles like buns or braids 90% of the time, only wear it down if you're air drying or on a special outing. I also co-wash every 2-3 days because when i spaced out my co-washes more, it was tangling way too much and tangles cause breakage. I find these 2 things have helped as I used to be a victim of the endless tangles. Try it out and let us know how it goes!
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  • EllyEllyOxenFreeEllyEllyOxenFree Posts: 6,446Registered Users
    I co wash every two or three days and I only comb my hair with a ton of conditioner in it.
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  • shakeshake Posts: 404Registered Users
    i only comb during co-washes and shampoos in the shower. about once or twice per week depending upon how my hair is styled.
  • NaturallyNikéNaturallyNiké Posts: 364Registered Users
    I finger comb most of the time but once a week with my Conair Shower Comb , and Denman....I usually do with whith detangling and DC'ing
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  • LaFemmeBouclesLaFemmeBoucles Posts: 49Registered Users
    Hello fellow Naturalista:

    I comb about once a week, whenever I am co-washing with lootsss of conditioner. I've committed to no combing/low manipulation since I am on the only mission to grow my hair out, and I've found that since then, my hair doesn't tangle as much - I can go longer than a week without combing if needed.

    Your 'problem' may be attributed to your styling and regimen (are you incorporating oils, butters, do you protect your hair at night, etc).

    Protective styling definitely reduces tangling. There was a time when I would do wash and gos almost everyday - and use gel (gasp!) and products containing - dare I say it - cones!! resulting in a dry tangled mess. The best thing I did for my hair was establishing a regimen that included butters and oils - I took it a step further with adding protective styling. Now that I'm bunning and doing twist-outs instead of a daily wash n go, combing is not needed as much. On the days that it is needed between washing, I just use my fingers and on my washing days, I can easily comb my hair out and there is a lot less coming out on that comb! I've even dared to comb my hair out dry to acheive a BAA and even that was easier than it has been in the past.

    I would also suggest trying Qhemet's Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee while you are detangling - I just started using it (when I ran out of QAOHC) and my 3c hair loves it (I didn't think it would). I started using it when I started doing flat twists as part of my twist outs - I needed something that would prevent tangling and this was it. I find that combing from the bottom going up the hair shaft is faster and less damaging.

    Hope this was helpful - I'm sure you'll figure it out though. That's the thing about curls - we spend so much time trying to tame them and in the end they end up taming us.

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  • Curlbomb920Curlbomb920 Posts: 13Registered Users
    It wouldn't take 2 hours but I was really starting to worry about how much hair I was loosing. You look like a wash-n-go girl like me. When my hair was shorter, I lived by the no combing policy. I detangled once a month but as it got longer I had to throw that out b'cuz my hair would break. I try to detangle twice a week once before deep conditioning (when I do:nike:) and then to co-wash if necessary. I've listed my favorite conditioners below. I wash with a low sulphate shampoo once every two weeks or when my hair feels "dirty" with product. Using sulphates too much makes your hair very tangly. I also recommend trimming if your hair is fine. Finer hair is light weight, is easily moved (wind, sleep, etc.) and the curls love to wrap themselves around eachother into little knots and tangles. Keeping your ends "blunt" can combat this issue. BTW. I love my Denman brush. Shower combs can leave a lot of tangles behind in my opinion and I only use them to manipulate my hair after detangling. Sealing your curls after they've dried is also important. Shea butter is great and coconut oil has a detangling affect as well. I hope my longwinded response was helpful in some way.

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  • greenandchicgreenandchic Posts: 2,584Registered Users
    It really depends. My hair get really tangled so unless I wear it in a bun, I have to do it almost daily. I sweat like a pig when I work out (four day a week) so I at least wash it then!
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  • burgundy_locksburgundy_locks Posts: 2,420Registered Users
    im a wash and go girl to. i actually hate washing my hair so i only do it about once a week, and if i have a special day, i'll do extra washes in between. my hair curls best after a good wash.

    detanglinig really shouldnt take that long if you're using the right conditioner, but of course, i guess it depends on your hair. if i use V05 to detangle, it will take me like an hour and almost a whole bottle to attempt to detangle. it's just too light for my thick coarse hair. i need conditioners that are fatty and thick. or else i lose a lot of hair and i can't get it fully detangled. i use conditioners like GVP conditioning balm or AOHR to detangle. anything with that consistency is key for me. and my hair has to be fully saturated and in the shower.
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  • CurlyFemmeCurlyFemme Posts: 15Registered Users
    I comb my hair maybe once or twice a week. When I do comb my hair, it's soaking wet.
  • beautifuleyezbeautifuleyez Posts: 17Registered Users
    avaanstar wrote: »
    I was wondering how often everyone combs their hair a week. I comb it once a week and it takes 2 and a half hours! It becomes very tangled by the end of the week, but I don't have time to be combing it during the week days, really... How frequently should you be coming your hair a week?


    I agree with what everyone else has said so far. It is important that my hair be SOAKING wet with TONS of conditioner before I detangle. Like you, I used to spend entirely too much time trying to detangle my hair! I was also shedding a great deal. Recently, I visited this website: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Ftightlycurly.com%2Ftechnique%2Fcurlyprimer%2F" class="Popup and it literally changed my life!!!!!

    I paid special attention to the combing section and it has helped me so much. I did invest in a Denman brush and have been using a regular conditioner as a leave-in and I do not spend half the time I used to. And my shedding has been reduced to less than 5%! And this is not an exageration.

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  • RedboneRedbone Posts: 9Registered Users
    Wow, I guess I must be among the strange ones. Or used to be. When my hair was long, it took me at least an hour and a half to comb through and detangle it. I'd have to rest! I had massive, super thick and coarse hair. I don't comb it at all now because I cut it all off when my mother passed away.

    I never thought about the fact that I might be using the wrong products if it was taking me too long. Granted, I was doing this with a spray bottle with a little conditioner added. I'd get too tired in the shower to do it.
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  • jessica's curlsjessica's curls Posts: 2Registered Users
    I only detangle when washing/co-washing my hair in the shower, so at least once a week.
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