I use a wide tooth comb after I put conditioner on, then I rinse, and put Rockin' Ringlets in soaking wet hair. I comb it through quickly and squish the water and product thoroughly into my curls all over my head. That's what sets the curl for me. Combing doesn't seem to have any negative impact.
Couple of inches past shoulder length 3A. Shampoo every 3rd or 4th day w/ baby shampoo; Tigi Fashionista conditioner; back to Condition 3-in-1 mousse . Alternate days water rinse, conditioner and mousse.