Having a natural Afro hair is something to be proud of. It means that you can naturally display an exquisite and cool style. But we have to admit that taking care of this hair with its kinky texture is quite a challenge, even combing it can be like a test. So, how to comb African American hair? Here are the steps:
- Damp your hair
An afro hair should never be combed when it is dry except for the straightened ones. Combing a dry African hair may result to breakage. It is better to comb an afro hair while it is still damp or slightly wet because the condition of it is still strong and pliable. You can wet it by spraying water using a spray bottle.
- Divide your hair into several parts
Section your hair depending on how thick and how long it is. If you have short hair, it does not need to be sectioned. But a long hair requires some sections. Use some hair bands to help you section your hair. The size per section also relies on the volume of the hair and the time you have to prepare for the day.
- Moisturize and Oil your hair
Gently apply moisturizer on your hair to the sections, a water based conditioner may also do. Use natural oil like jojoba, coconut, olive and Shea Butter afterwards. Do not use mineral or petroleum oil. Make sure to apply the amount of moisturizer and oil according to the product’s suggestion. The purpose of this step is to make the hair has slippery texture before combing.
- Comb it per section
Use a seamless wide tooth comb, because a fine one would tear the hair and will consume longer time. Get the first section and comb it gently from the ends of the hair going closer to its roots. Do this step on all other sections. After all sections are done, comb once again, this time, over your entire head, starting from the top to make sure that there are no tangled hair left.