So Should You Be Combing Your Hair Wet Or Dry? An Experiment

In 1921 an American surgeon Evan O’Neill Kane was lying on an operating table waiting for his appendix to be removed. In impromptu fashion, he decided to see if he could actually perform the operation on himself. As he was the chief of staff at the hospital, nobody felt able to stop him. Bar for a moment when his intestines popped out of his abdominal cavity, he completed the operation successfully and was back at work operating on patients two weeks later!

Dangerous operations notwithstanding, I believe that self experimentation as a whole is a great thing. Certainly it should be included as part of every successful hair regimen. How else would one know what works?


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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Roxanne Holmes

if kinky never dry.

Adashereen Dale Wilcox

wet makes it easier to comb…. dry I can hear it breaking off and feel it pulling

Kenyatta Fox

Comb on wet hair

Karessa Watkins

I personally only comb on dry moisturized hair. If I comb my hair wet, my hair stretches till it breaks.

Mary Welch

If I’m combing it before going to work there is now way I can wet it. Moisturize add some oil and comb/pic.

Sigrid Coulthurst

It depends on YOUR hair.

Gershelle Cunningham

I will comb mines while its wet but for course hair, it should only be combed when dry because hair is weakest when its wet. (That’s what I was taught in school anyways).

Krista Kinchen

I only comb in the shower with conditioner and water running through my hair.

Ilesha Sewell

-If my hair is dry and has no product in it:I finger detangle
-If my hair is dry but I put coconut oil in it to pre-poo :I’ll either finger detangle or gently comb with a wide-tooth comb.
-If my hair is wet):I use just a wide-tooth comb.Anything other than that will lead to a lot of broken off ends for me!

Shari Powell

But what do you do if your transitioning and have both relaxed and natural hair?

Shari Powell

**you’re**

Christina Miller

Damp for me.

Kelly Hall

Dry moisturized hair. My wet hair will stretch and snap when combed.

Paloma Nieves Sam Tomi

Wet