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How to safely comb your natural hair while wet

Updated: May 25, 2023

Combing natural hair doesn't have to be a damaging and painful process. If done incorrectly, combing your hair can result in breakage—both for your hair and for the comb that gets stuck in your tangles. Check out the following steps for the next time you comb your hair.

Before you start, the items you will need are a wide-tooth comb, a spray bottle filled with water, leave-in conditioner, a natural moisturizing oil, and hair clips.

Step 1: Detangle Your Hair

Following a shower or after using the spray bottle, detangle your hair when wet using the wide-tooth comb. Combing your natural hair when dry can be damaging, so it is recommended to always start with a wet head.

Step 2: Leave-In Conditioner

Apply the leave-in conditioner and seal in the moisture with a natural oil to keep your hair hydrated and healthy.

Step 3: Divide

Divide your hair into small sections to make it easier to comb your natural hair while wet. Secure each section with hair clips.

Step 4: Comb Your Natural Hair While Wet

Start combing each section with a wide-tooth comb, working from root to end. As you finish each section, twist or braid the hair to keep it tangle-free while you finish the rest of your head.

Step 5:

Now that your hair is fully combed and detangled, you can begin to style it however you like, un-twisting each section as you go. If you plan on styling an afro, it is also recommended that you apply a shea butter to your roots before starting in with the pick to prevent breakage.


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