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Your Comb Could Be the Split End Culprit You Haven’t Noticed

Avatar • May 13, 2015

When we think of things that cause split ends, I mainly think of rough handling, chemical treatments, and dryness. But when I was a natural hair “newbie,” so to speak, there was one factor that I literally never even considered when I had a relaxer — the mold of my comb/detangling tool. I was always taught that thick hair needed to be detangled with a wide tooth comb, end of story. Teasing combs were never in my life — they just looked frightening. But taking it a step further, the sharpness of the teeth of your comb and the seams on each tooth can actually mimic tiny little blades running across your hair. I don’t know about you, but I never even noticed seams before, especially because they aren’t on the part of the tooth that faces towards you, making them very easy to miss (and pretty much impossible to notice if you’re looking at a comb through its packaging in the store).

I remember when the Tangle Teezer became all the rage in natural hair detangling, until people began reporting more mid-shaft splits and frayed ends (a quick Google search yields several results and first hand accounts). And no wonder — the teeth on a Tangle Teezer look like baby vampire teeth. The convenience was nice (it did get tangles out pretty good), but it definitely felt like it was ripping through your hair — I threw mine away.

But even more deceiving are the seams on our wide tooth combs, because most of the time, we don’t even notice them. I recently mentioned on my Facebook page that I didn’t like that the Ouidad Double Detangler (which I’m testing now) has seams, and some didn’t even know! You’d think that for the price, it’d be seamless. But I digress. If you have issues with midshaft splits or split ends, here are some seamless alternatives for your detangling sessions:

MPrake

Mason Pearson Rake Comb

This comb was my go-to for about five years before one of the teeth finally broke. It’s a very nice comb, but it’s also kind of flexible, so if you are rougher when you detangle it may not last long. The good news is you can also find it at Nordstrom (probably locally), so if you decide it’s not for you, you can easily return it.

HSStyler

Hercules Sagemann Styler Comb

This is the comb I have now — it’s less than half the price of the MP comb, and just as smooth and seamless. It also feels a bit sturdier. As you can see, the teeth are a bit longer than the MP as well, which (to me) makes it a little more difficult to hold while your hands are slippery with conditioner in the shower. Not a huge deal, but something to think about.

magicrake

Hercules Sagemann Magic Star Jumbo Rake Comb

If you like a comb with handles, then you may prefer the Magic Star over the HS styler. I personally have not used this one, but my readers rave about it all the time. Anytime I talk about combs and detangling, it comes up in the conversation. I might get one because hey, you can never have too many combs (I even have a seamless pick that I’ve been testing to add volume and fluff out my wash and gos).

Even if you don’t have issues with splits, a seamless comb is definitely a good natural hair investment. Remember, tools are just as important (they may be even more important) as the products we use to ensure the health of our hair.

Do you use a seamless comb? If so, which one?

 

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CeCe
CeCe
5 years ago

I think it depends in which state you are deciding to comb your hair such as wet, dry, damp, saturated with product, blown out, or even straight. I do use a comb on my hair, but I make sure I’m very careful and it depends on what I’m trying to achieve with combing my hair. For instance, last night was the first time I’ve used a comb in a few days. My goal was to get a lot of the shed hair out, so I sectioned my hair and added moisturizer. Then I finger detangled, then started from the ends… Read more »

Yolanda
Yolanda
5 years ago

I use Nubone II seamless combs.

Siera
Siera
5 years ago

I have the Magic Star Jumbo Rake and I love it! I use it after finger detangling, and barely have any hairs (except the shed ones of course) in the comb when I am done.

BlueCornMoon
BlueCornMoon
5 years ago
Reply to  Siera

I have this comb,too, as well as the curved one & the mini rake. Best combs I’ve ever had. I have FINE HAIR which is a pain because it breaks easily. I,too use it after finger detangling,but it can also be used before it.

T. F
T. F
5 years ago

The Magic Star is my go to comb! I have the mini version as well and it’s perfect to carry in your purse. I prefer this comb when I detangle my hair dry but hands down a great all around usage comb. I’ve given it away as gifts!

Tasha
Tasha
5 years ago

I wish i could use a comb but…lol my 4c hair hates them

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