I've been approached several times in the past by people stating that there were unable to comfortably comb their natural hair.
The key to combing natural hair is to NEVER comb it dry.
I recommend that you comb your hair with a wide tooth comb after it has been freshly washed and loaded with either a moisturizing conditioner for detangling or a leave-in conditioner and moisturizer (post detangling) in preparation for a styling session.
But, if you want to comb your hair while dry, the key is to use a spritz to reset your hair. I use a spritz mix of natural conditioner, castor oil, and water.
I separate my hair with the tail end of a styling tool such as a rat tail comb, pick or application brush. If I encounter a tangle during the process, I gently remove it using my fingers.
My recipe for a homemade spritz mix includes:
A 8 oz spray bottle (Walmart/Target Health Care Section)
2 tbsp Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner
2 tbsp Castor Oil
10 drops of essential oil (optional)
You can add more conditioner or oil based on your preference. Many people prefer distilled water but I prefer warm tap warm because it helps the products blend. Essential oils can be added if preferred for fragrance, as a preservative, or for use of their growth stimulating properties. The conditioner itself contains perservatives so if I add essential oils it's usually for fragrance or growth stimulation. If you are looking for growth stimulants, peppermint, rosemary, and ylang ylang are all touted to stimulate growth.
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