How to Comb Kinky, 4C Hair Without Pain

I often come across women who tell me they can’t keep their hair in its natural texture because it’s nearly impossible to comb and can be very painful. “Oh, my hair breaks combs” they tell me. Then they ask me “How do you comb your hair?” My response is simple, “I don’t comb my hair” (not unless I absolutely have to, which isn’t often).

I mean are you kidding me? You expect me to wake up everyday and try to fight a comb through this mane? No way! Not unless I want to go bald!

So you don’t comb your hair at all?
I remember I never combed my hair dry when it was in a TWA (teeny weeny afro), I co-washed few times a week and then applied a leave-in conditioner prior to combing. On days that I don’t wash my hair, I would simply spritz it with water, apply a leave-in (e.g. Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner) and then comb. To me, this was the only reasonable way to glide a comb through my strands in a pain free manner.

How to really comb your natural hair without pain
Many black women are used to applying just any type of grease on their dry hair prior to combing, because they believe it makes their hair softer and easy to comb. I use to try this method and the only result I got was an oily and dry head of hair!

Tools Needed: Spray Bottle, Wide Tooth Comb

Products Needed: Rinse out conditioner

So, if you are tired of fighting a comb through your hair and want to decrease breakage and eliminate pain, make sure to practice these 5 steps.

1) Wet Hair in the shower and then apply a moisturizing conditioner (e.g. As I Am Coconut Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner)

2) Allow some minutes for the conditioner to work it’s way through each strand, then comb (using a large tooth comb) conditioner through the hair in small sections, starting from the ends to the roots.
3) Rinse out conditioner, wring out water in hair and let it dry to about 50-60%, make sure water isn’t dripping from your hair
4) Apply a leave-in conditioner and then seal this in with a hair butter or oil
5) Now you can comb your hair using a large tooth comb. Make sure to take your time and comb in smaller sections starting from the ends to the roots. Style as you wish

Ladies, how do you comb without pain?

Adeola @ The Mane Captain

Adeola @ The Mane Captain

A Toronto based natural hair blogger. Born & half raised in Nigeria, and now currently residing in Canada. To keep busy, I frequent my local library where I go to borrow non fiction books, particularly personal and spiritual development books. I also organize Toronto natural hair events, attend meetup groups and I'm working hard to be a polyglot.

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7 thoughts on “How to Comb Kinky, 4C Hair Without Pain

  1. I shampoo weekly and cowash as needed, which is about once or twice a week, depending on product build up. I use a widetoothed comb during the final rinse, under the shower water. After that, I use my fingers to fluff. I do just enough to keep out tangles and that’s it. So I guess I only REALLY comb from ends to root 2-3 times a week. Works for me.

  2. I no longer comb my hair!! Not even in the shower for the past year, I exclusively use my fingers!!! I have noticed that my hair has become significantly more dense as a result…

  3. In the shower, with lots of water and lots of conditioner. Growing up, my hair would break combs too when my mother was combing it. But that’s because she was being so damn rough, and combing my hair dry. *sigh* If only they knew then what we know now…

  4. As I Am Coconut Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner is LIFE! I brought that with me when I moved to China and I’m sooo glad I did! It definitely makes it easier when it comes to detangling 4c hair

  5. Best method for me. Section hair. Use spray bottle, with mostly water, some oil, some conditioner inside. Spray each section you’re about to detangle, to the point of drenching/dripping. That’s usually about 6-8 sprays for me, then comb from the bottom up. My hair needs to be wet.

  6. I need to find some great detangling products because my current method is awful. It literally takes me 2 days to detangle (about 16 hours). I cause it on myself, though. I let my hair dry and don’t fully rinse all of the conditioner out, which causes excessive knots and tangles. Going to wash it by the end of the week. Wish me luck!

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