Here’s a funny thing I just realized while I was riffling through my huge bag of combs: I don’t use any brushes in my hair. I only use combs that are ‘fro friendly; combs go through my hair when it’s wet or damp or when it has a lot of product in it. My combs (and oh boy, there are many of them!) all have a very specific shape and purpose. Observe:
The Wet Comb
This is the one and only comb that I use when my hair is completely soaking wet with water or for a detangling/pre-wash treatment. It’s wide, easy to glide through my ‘fro, and it serves as the perfect sidekick to my fingers.
The Damp Combs
I use these combs (pretty interchangeably!) when my hair is damp rather than soaking wet. They’re really good for running a holding cream through curly hair. My fingers aren’t enough, because I want product smoothed through evenly, and these combs do what I bought them for. There is a lot of hair on my head to attend to!
I use these to organize what natural and relaxed women call the edges; that is, the part of your hair that runs along the edges of your scalp. When I pull my very curly hair into a ponytail or a bun, that edges can get pretty disorderly. A bit of edge control cream and an edge comb helps ensure that my edges lay just as I like it.
Basically, when I want volume without ‘backcombing’ (which is trick that can damage and tangle the roots of your hair), a pick is what I work with. All I do is tilt my head and my ‘fro down, reach for a pick, and pick at my roots a little bit. I like picking when I want my ‘fro to look really big and lush.
As you can imagine, with hair as thick and curly as mine, I have to section it all off whenever I detangle, treat, or style my hair. These are all essential clips and ties that make my hair job much easier.