To comb or not to comb??

I'm sure this has been brought up before, but I just want to know. How is a 2b supposed to get tangles out without combing? When I comb, my hair is flat and a little frizzy. When I don't comb, it is so natted up! What does everyone do for this? Fingercombing doesn't work, either.
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I just finger comb during the Conditioner/NoPoo wash step in the shower. Seems to be enough detangling for my shoulder-length, medium - thick hair.
I just finger comb during the Conditioner/NoPoo wash step in the shower. Seems to be enough detangling for my shoulder-length, medium - thick hair.
Originally Posted by annemj
My hair is about 2 inches above BSL in the back and only finger combing works for me too!
2b/3a, primarily use Jessicurl and DevaCurl products, Curls Hair Tea conditioner and various gels. I'm modified CG-ish since 5/04.
It's all in the "when" for me. If I finger comb when dry, it ends up just shy of the horrors that would occur if I brushed it. If I finger comb during the last conditioning process, the curl is broken up more than I want it to be. I could comb it in the wash phase, but it's unnecessary to reach out of the tub and grab the comb; so why bother.
how's the moisture balance of your hair right now? the reason i ask (and it's probably terribly presumptuous of me being that i'm new to all of this still and this is my very first post! ) is that i had a similar problem, and as it turned out, it was because my hair was stripped and dried out from a combination of long-term coloring and sulfate shampoos. even the elucence MBS was too drying for me; whenever i used it i'd have to resort to combing to get the snarls out, and then i'd end up with poofy, undefined hair. i've been using ABBA true curls 'poo more recently (along with MBC and honey rinses) and since then, i haven't needed to comb at all. my hair just sort of falls into place and isn't tangly or frizzy, something i never thought would ever happen, heh heh! so it could be that you just need more moisture, or that your hair doesn't like sulfates (or maybe protein). i don't know whether any of this is relevant to you, and it's certainly nothing the more experienced ladies on this board couldn't tell ya, but i thought i'd share, anyway. good luck!
um, actually i don't really use shampoo too often and when i do, it's baby shampoo diluted. I also don't use much product (just gel) and once in a while, hair spray. I have been this way since December, so I don't know why I have this problem.
Thanks, though for all the great advice. I really appreciate it.

-Charla
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I comb with a wide-tooth comb (upside down) every time I have conditioner on my hair. My hair sheds a LOT, so I need to get those loose hairs out & finger combing doesn't work for me, as the hair gets caught & snagged on my rings (I can't get the rings off ). I always rinse upside down, too, which helps with the volume
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I also comb and rinse upsidedown. I go back and forth with finger combing and combing, I do it when I have the condish in.
My hair is a mix of 2b/3a and even a bit of 3b thrown in! I would call my hair wavycelli. It curls most when I leave it alone after wet scrunching. My hair has a spring factor of about 2 or 3 inches and has a very silky, medium texture.
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I also comb and rinse upsidedown. I go back and forth with finger combing and combing, I do it when I have the condish in.
Originally Posted by Dancingbadger
Same here. I am finding that the more moisturized my hair is (the longer I have taken better care of it), the easier it is to just finger comb. I also get better clumping this way too. The best thing to combat tangles is the right conditioner for your hair. Conditioners are more important to me than styling products
I use a wide tooth comb when I put conditioner in my hair (if I so much as look at the comb while it's drying my hair gets angry, but while it's wet it helps with distributing the conditioner evenly). Really, though, the most effective detangling just comes from the water running through it.
Dark brown BSL 2B - when I was a baby, strangers would ask my mom, "Did you perm your daughter's hair?"

For the record, that isn't me in my av! Camera crapped out, and so have to make do with pics of twins
I comb with a wide toothed comb before shampooing (to eliminate tangles & breakage in the wash) Then I do a stimulting scalp brushing (to encourage blood circulation, like massage, but ONLT on the scalp, NEVER the length)and I comb again with conditioner in, then once more after squeezing the water out before air drying. i have long hair that tangles easily, if I didn't comb at these stages I would have tangles & breakage. my routine works very well for me
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I finger-comb before putting the conditioner in. I massage/scrunch the conditioner in - if I comb it in, the curls won't clump up the way I want them to.

Then again, my hair is fairly short, chin/shoulder length.
Erin

2A with some 3A/B, lots of fine hair
I use a wide tooth comb when I put conditioner in my hair (if I so much as look at the comb while it's drying my hair gets angry, but while it's wet it helps with distributing the conditioner evenly). Really, though, the most effective detangling just comes from the water running through it.
Originally Posted by noel06
I do the same.
3A/2C combination of ringlets and waves
I as well comb my hair when I have conditioner in. Mostly with a wide-tooth comb, but occasionally finger comb. So long as I rinse it without re-combing, the water seems to do an OK job of re-clumping, if that makes sense.

If I comb at any other time, it's hair haywire.
2b-ish--embracing my waves this summer
Aussie Catch the Wave condish, L'Oreal NutriGloss condish; Nexxus Designing Texxtur Cream, Rusk Radical Creme, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse, Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam; coconut oil for DTs
I use a wide tooth comb when I put conditioner in my hair (if I so much as look at the comb while it's drying my hair gets angry, but while it's wet it helps with distributing the conditioner evenly). Really, though, the most effective detangling just comes from the water running through it.
Originally Posted by noel06
Is that your hair in your avatar? If so, it is gorgeous

Chelle
2a?, using MOP C system hydrating poo, Elucence conditioner, B&A Biomineral gel......off and on results....rely most on my curling iron for help
I only widetooth comb during the rinse after the condish has been in it for a minute or so. A brush/comb never touches it after that. That seems to suffice. I don't have any tangle or knot problems. The curls always spring back up after it dries a bit in the towel.

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