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Choosing the Right Hair Comb

A comb is one of the most basic tools you can find for hair, yet its importance is clear. You can use a comb for styling, detangling and much more, but did you know that a simple comb can play specific roles depending on which one you choose? Whatever your styling needs may be, you can be sure to find a comb that matches them. Here is a brief list of comb types depending on their purposes.

  • Detangling: combs that are used for getting rid of knots and tangles as well as smoothing out curls.
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  • General use: combs for all-purpose styling and product distribution throughout your whole head.
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  • Volume: Combs that help add volume and height to your locks as well lifting and backcombing.
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  • Straightening: combs that help straighten out your hair while you style with the flat iron.
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    So those are the comb basics, but how to take it a step further? Really knowing how to use your comb can make all the difference, so here are some tips on how to take your comb to the next level:

  • Parting: a tail comb is ideal for parting and dividing hair into sections. It’s so easy to use, just put the thin, pointy end on your hairline where you wish to make the parting and gently slide the comb towards the back of your head. To separate hair from the hairline, you can use your fingers. If you want something more dynamic, try creating a zigzag hairline.
  • Detangling: a wide tooth comb does this basic job the best, tackling the knots and getting rid of the tangles your hair suffers from every day. Perfect for thick, course or curly hair, a wide tooth comb can get your locks smoothed out in minutes, even less if you use it while showering when your hair is slick from the water. Here’s a tip to painless detangling: hold your hair a few inches from your head using your hand and slide the comb through the ends first. Once the ends are detangled, start working your way up in the same fashion until the comb passes through smoothly. This will ensure an efficient detangling and less pulled out hair!
  • Straightening: straightening without a comb or brush is a quick way of burning the palms of your hands with your own hair as it passes through the hot plates of a flat iron. To avoid this problem, use a comb to pass through your hair and hold it out, you’ll find you can decrease styling time and keeps your hands burn-free. Before bringing out the flat iron, use a heat protectant and comb your hair to distribute the product evenly. When you’re using the flat iron, run the comb immediately ahead of it to straighten each section quickly.
  • Product distribution: most people usually apply hair products with their hands, but if they knew that with the help of a comb, the product can be absorbed more efficiently, they would quickly switch. Combs can distribute hair products more evenly throughout wet or damp hair, so when you’ve stepped out of the shower, apply your preferred oil, serum, spray, cream or mousse to your hair and comb it in to give every strand its own coating for a fantastic outcome.
  • Teasing: this doesn’t mean talking to your hair and telling it that it’s not good enough, it means tousling, poofing out and ruffling up your locks with a comb to create volume and style. Take a section of hair you want to work on and coat it lightly with styling spray, then hold the section by the ends and with a teasing comb slide it upwards from the ends towards the roots to create volume. Be gentle, you don’t want to damage any strands or be left with a tangled mess! The best way to do it is by lifting the comb out from the section after each pass to prevent it getting stuck. When you’re done teasing a section, release it and softly comb across the top layer to create smoothness without losing any volume, or you can just skip that part and stay with the tousled look.