If you’re a curly girl like me, you know that we live in a different world. A world where combing your hair can not only be difficult but downright disastrous. With our fragile and sometimes tangled locks, using the wrong tool at the wrong time can lead to breakage and our most dreaded enemy – frizz!
That’s why it’s so important to have combs that are suited to our hair type, and that won’t pull it or get stuck in it. Whether you’re wavy, curly, coily or kinky, the right comb can make your life a lot easier when detangling. Most importantly, it can help you avoid what I like to call “disast-hair.”
With that in mind, we gathered the 9 best combs for curly hair.
Taming the Tangles
In the upside-down world of curly hair, trying to detangle it when it’s dry is a big no-no. When you need to get knots out, the best thing to do is wet your hair and put some conditioner or leave-in conditioner in it. This will give your hair some slip, loosen the matted spots and help you avoid breakage.
Also, be sure to remember to start from the bottom of your hair and have patience. No matter how good the brush, some knots require more time than others. Ripping through your hair may make the process go faster, but damaging your locks in the process isn’t worth it.
The one exception to detangling your hair when it’s wet is for loose, wavy hair, which can actually be combed wet or dry (unless it’s in a serious snarl situation).
But whatever your hair type, first you need the right comb to help you get the job done. Let’s take a look at our detangling heroes according to hair type.
Ultra Smooth Cricket Detangler Comb (All Curl Types)
The well-reviewed Cricket Detangler is easy on your budget and your curls. The rounded teeth are infused with a blend of coconut oil and keratin that helps them glide through tangles and reduce frizz without leaving any residue on your hands.
It may be the best $5 you’ve ever spent!
Janeke Gold Large Wide Tooth Comb (All Curl Types)
Yes, this comb costs over $30. But if you’re a curly-haired princess that wants to splurge, this Janeke wide tooth beauty from Italy will help to untangle snarls and make you feel like a diva while doing it.
Available in gold or silver, depending on what color you like your bling.
Nu Bone Li Detangling Comb (For Tight Curl Patterns)
Quick molded from organic resins, the hand sanded and polished Nu Bone Detangling comb is great for detangling and sectioning tight curl patterns because of its smooth finish and slightly pointy teeth. But If you have finer hair or a sensitive scalp, you may want to try one of the other options on this list.
Cricket Smooth Coconut Hair Pick (All Curl Types)
If you think hair picks are only for afros, think again! No matter how tight or loose your texture, every curly guy or gal can use a pick to lift the roots and create extra volume without breaking up their curl pattern (just remember not to pull it all the way through your curls).
Priced at about $6, the Cricket Coconut Hair Pick is infused with coconut oil and keratin, which help it to easily glide through your hair and reduce frizz. It’s the little secret weapon that anyone with textured hair needs to have in their arsenal!
The Diane Oil Detangler Comb (All Hair Types)
The Diane Oil Detangler Comb is super budget-friendly, at just a few dollars, and is excellent for dealing with super-curly hair. Those tight, wet curls need special care, and this comb gives it.
The wide-set teeth remove any tangles or knots while leaving your curls intact.
The special “oil” feature makes this comb even cooler, though; a special coating infused with Vitamin E and Omega-3 oils nourishes your hair while you comb.
Conair Wide-Tooth Comb (All Hair Types)
Another wide-tooth comb that’s incredibly budget-friendly, this Conair Wide-Tooth Comb gives you much the same experience as the Diane Oil Detangler Comb, but without the detangling oil.
If you already have a hair conditioner brand or style that you love to use in the shower, go with this option instead.
Ouidad Wide Tooth Comb (Thick Hair)
If you find that the two above options aren’t providing you with quite the amount of ‘oomph’ you need, try the Ouidad Wide Tooth Comb.
It’s designed for thick hair that needs a little more work, but it’s still gentle enough to handle your locks without breakage.
Hercules Sagemann Magic Star Hair Comb (For Long Hair)
Another good comb pick for really thick hair, the Hercules Sagemann Magic Star Comb is the pricier, more durable version of the two options from Conair and Diane above.
It works well for detangling, styling and overall hair care.
Mount Lai Jade Massaging Comb (For A Little Luxury)
Okay, so sometimes you just want a relaxing hair care experience. If you have to detangle down and want to add something special to your hair care and self-care routine, treat yourself to the Mount Lai Jade Massaging Comb.
At a little over $50, it’s a bit of splurge, but the jade design massages away your stress as it works out the tension from your scalp.
Rock Those Locks
Anyone with textured hair knows how much work wash day can be. That’s why it’s so important to have combs that suit your hair type. Whether you’re wavy, curly, coily or kinky, there’s a styling tool for you.
Getting the right comb will save you both time and frustration and cut down on damage. We hope our guide will help you find the perfect tools for your hair care routine and make your life easier. Now get out there and rock those curls the way you were meant to!
You might also be interested in: The 25 Best Brushes For Curly Hair
Best Combs for Curly Hair:
- Ultra Smooth Cricket Detangler
- Janeke Gold Large Wide Tooth Comb
- Nu Bone Li Detangling Comb
- Cricket Smooth Coconut Hair Pick
- The Diane Oil Detangler Comb
- Conair Wide-Tooth Comb
- Ouidad Wide Tooth Comb
- Hercules Sagemann Magic Star Hair Comb
- Mount Lai Jade Massaging Comb