Ways to Comb Hair

by Kay Ireland ; Updated July 18, 2017

Use the right comb for your hair type and condition

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If you have dry and broken hair, you might be combing it incorrectly in the morning. By knowing the right way to comb and care for your hair type, you can keep your hair healthy and shiny. But you may need to make a few simple changes to your morning routine.

Wet Combing

Wet combing your hair is best when you get out of the shower and your hair is very wet. Brush bristles don't separate the strands as well as a comb does. Invest in a good wide-tooth comb, especially if you have curly or wavy hair. A wide-tooth comb can help detangle and separate the hair so you can style your tresses more easily. "Good Housekeeping" recommends that you comb wet hair from the bottom up, detangling slowly as you go.

Dry Combing

Dry combing your hair is a good way to get out solitary knots and tangles before you attempt to brush. Brushing is usually best for dry hair, because it distributes the oils evenly throughout the hair shaft. Combing can be employed as a detangler on dry hair. "Marie Claire" recommends using dry combing to add body to curly hair. Grasp a section of hair in your hand, and use your fingers to swiftly run through the bottom 3 or 4 inches. It will release tangles, smooth the cuticles and separate the hair for better body.

Back Combing

Back combing, also known as "teasing" your hair, was popular in the 1980s and '90s, when big, voluminous hair ruled. Now, Kids Health warns against teasing, because it can severely damage your hair. Still, if you want to add volume for a special occasion and your hair is otherwise healthy, back combing can do the trick. Just do it sparingly. Lift a section of your hair near the scalp, and employ a fine-tooth comb to run backward down the hair shaft several times. This tangles the cuticles for more lift. Drop the top section of hair and smooth it over the back-combed section to mimic the look of fullness quickly.

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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.