How Often to Comb Natural Hair? Maintaining Healthy Hair

Medically reviewed by Dr. Bilal Khan M.B.B.S.
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Combing natural hair requires careful consideration to avoid excessive breakage and damage. With the right approach and techniques, you can maintain the health of your natural hair and prevent unnecessary breakage. Here's everything you need to know about how often you should comb your natural hair.

How Often Should You Comb Natural Hair?

The frequency of combing natural hair can vary depending on your hair type, texture, and styling preferences. However, in general, it is recommended to comb natural hair once or twice a day. This frequency allows you to detangle and style your hair while minimizing the risk of causing damage.

Tips for Combing Natural Hair

When combing your natural hair, follow these tips to ensure the best results:

  • Start by wetting your hair with water or using a leave-in conditioner to soften the strands and make them more manageable.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush specifically designed for natural hair to gently work through the knots and tangles.
  • Begin combing from the ends and work your way up to the roots to minimize breakage.
  • Be patient and gentle when encountering knots or tangles. Use your fingers or a detangling spray to help loosen them before combing.
  • Avoid excessive force or pulling to prevent damage to the hair shaft.
  • Consider using a comb with wide-spaced teeth or your fingers for detangling to minimize breakage.
  • Use a detangling spray or apply a small amount of conditioner to provide slip and make the combing process easier.
  • If you have tightly coiled or highly textured hair, you may prefer to finger-detangle or use a wide-tooth comb while your hair is wet and saturated with conditioner.

Protective Styling for Natural Hair

Incorporating protective styles into your hair care routine can help minimize the need for frequent combing. Protective styles such as braids, twists, buns, or updos help to keep your hair tucked away and reduce manipulation. These styles can help preserve the health and length of your natural hair and reduce the risk of breakage.


When it comes to combing natural hair, it's important to find a balance between maintaining the health of your hair and minimizing breakage. Aim to comb your hair once or twice a week using gentle techniques and tools designed for natural hair. Remember to be patient, use proper detangling methods, and consider incorporating protective styles into your routine. With the right care and attention, your natural hair will flourish and thrive.

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Dr. Bilal Khan M.B.B.S. graduated from the Jinnah Sindh University in Karachi. He'll take the official medical licensing program in the US (USMLE) in September 2023. Bilal has a passion for research and has extensively fact-check and medically review articles under his name to make sure you have the most accurate information.