Don’t comb through your natural hair when it is dry. Only comb through it when it is wet. When it is wet, you decrease the friction between the strands of your hair, and the work of combing through it is much easier. You should also use some sort of product on your hair, like conditioner or a detangling aid to assist you when combing through your hair.
Please read our article Detangling Natural Hair for more information about combing through natural hair.
I have problems combing through my natural hair when it dries. What do I do?
My answer to What are the dangers of using a flat iron on wet hair?
Answer by O. Franklin:
Using a flat iron on wet hair will cause bubble hair. Bubble hair is when the naturally occurring spaces that exist in hair become filled with water, and then heat is applied to the hair. The water in the hair vaporizes, and when it vaporizes it expands and causes hair damage.
The following study explains this very nicely:
“Bubble hair is a sign of thermal injury. Hair dryers operating at 175°C or more can cause bubble hair. The use of hair curling tongs operating at 125°C and applied to the hair for one minute can also induce bubbles in hair fiber. All hair fibers contain air-filled spaces called vacuoles. These spaces can also become filled with water when the hair is wet. Too much heat vaporizes the water in the hair fibre into steam. This vaporization of the water may force the spaces in the hair to expand, eventually turning the hair into a sponge-like structure. These damaged hairs are weak and brittle as the bubbles destroy the integrity of the fiber. Chemical treatment may also precipitate the onset of bubble hair and any already weak hair, whatever the cause, may be more susceptible to bubble development.”
Bubble Hair and Other Acquired Hair Shaft Anomalies due to Hot Ironing on Wet Hair