Tips for Textured Hair: Combing and Brushing

flickr/ raynfree1

flickr/ raynfree1

See that pretty mountain of combs and brushes??

Well most of them are a big no-no on black/textured hair :OP

A lot of people swear by either strictly combing their hair – or only using a brush. Some even resort to only finger combing their strands. While I don’t intend to advocate combing over brushing (or vice versa), I do think its a good idea to be aware of how you treat your hair during daily grooming.

Personally, I comb and brush my hair, because I think it’s more a matter of what comb or brush you use combined with your technique – rather than which method you use. Now, if your hair thrives with your current method – please stick to what works for you. But if some of you are wondering “what’s the big deal?” or how you can treat your hair a little better, I’m happy to offer some advice….

First Fact?

Black strands are fragile so you should always handle your hair as delicately as possible (no matter what you’re doing – washing, towel drying, grooming, etc).

With that being said, here a just a few combs/brushes that I have and use quite often:

1. I LOVE my Denman D31 – I use this in the shower, to detangle my hair when its full of conditioner (which, at the moment, is a mix of some honey and Suave Tropical Coconut conditioner)

2. I use a wide tooth comb – the Jilbere shower comb is great great great for transitioners, naturals and relaxed ladies who want to comb without snagging.

3. I also have a 100% Boar Bristle brush for smoothing my edges down (it’s a wooden Ricky’s brush that’s on the larger side – like a paddle brush). Boar bristles are a lot softer than plastic or nylon bristles.

All of these styling tools are great options for black hair because they are more gentle on tresses (as long as you are gentle while combing/brushing) and they don’t pull at -or pull out- the hair. One of the biggest threats to healthy textured hair is breakage, so I think any of you ladies could benefit from having these styling essentials.

flickr/ lanabelle

flickr/ lanabelle

**Another note **

Try to comb and brush hair in sections when detangling your hair! Trying to detangle a mass of hair can result in you losing more than you gain…literally.

If you’d like to read more about combs and brushes (and techniques) that are best for black textured hair, click the link to read a great article at that talks a lot about options for maintaining healthy tresses.

–> “Combs and Brushes” article

:: Happy Styling ::


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3 Responses

  1. EC says:

    I agree that it’s a combo b/t choosing the right tool and technique that works for you. I’m relaxed, but I use my D5 when I get 8+ weeks post. I also use it to finish off blow drying rotating between my Jibere comb and Denman paddle brush.

    It took me a minute to figure out that my tools have to be used in certain ways during different times in my stretch to prove effective and to minimize hair loss while achieving my style.

    Great article!

  2. blackstrands says:

    I couldn’t agree more. It definitely takes some trial and error when figuring out what tools work best.

    I figured this article could at least minimize some hair drama or damage for other ladies.

    Thanks for sharing :O>

  3. Quel says:

    I used a Goody knockoff of a Denman D4 brush recently and it’s awesome. I’ve been natural about 10 years and have never detanlged as effortlessly as I did with that brush.

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