The Comb Chase Method For Flat Ironing Your Hair

Hydratherma Naturals Flat Iron Chase CombBenefits of the Comb Chase Method

It is touted as the gentler method for straightening your fragile hair, since this method allows you to limit the amount of heat you apply to the hair, which in turn will mitigate the extent of the damage that may be caused as a result of direct heat.

It also lessens frizz, which prevents your ends from looking raggedy. Reportedly, if you use this method you can achieve straight hair with as little as a single pass.

Some curlies are also able to cut out the blow drying phase entirely, from the prep stage which eliminates both the extra heat and the time consuming step from your styling routine.

With this method, the comb lifts the strands and isolates them so that heat can penetrate faster and simultaneously the tension applied by the comb stretches your curls and kinks allowing you to straighten better at a lower temparature.

The additional ventilation provided by the comb also eliminates the burnt hair smell from your hair, something that should never be taken lightly.

It’s also a plus that the method prevents you from burning your fingers as is likely when trying to hang on to the tip of your ends to get the very last inch straight with the traditional method!


Possible Drawbacks?

1. In spite of the benefits of using the comb chase method some ladies complain that the fine teeth of the comb used causes them to lose some hair to breakage or have hair pulled from the root even though a detangle and blow dry had been done beforehand.

2. If you are not ambidextrous it can be quite cumbersome trying to coordinate your movements to get the process right, which could eat away at your precious time. This might also result in you leaving the iron in one spot for too long, thus risking heat damage in some parts which would certainly defeat the purpose of using this method.

3. Also, since some hair types simply cannot get a good result without blow drying first, the idea of using that much heat in one go may be more than some of you might be willing to endure. Personally, though heat protectant is used, I find that it still unnerves me to tolerate that much heat on my hair.

Bottom Line

If you are new to a healthy hair journey, you might want to experiment a little to find out how your hair responds to heat before employing the comb chase method just to be sure you don’t happen to be among those who experience unwanted effects.

Further it would be advisable to get a high quality seamless comb to use on your hair. They are slightly more expensive than standard combs but without the seams snagging your hair and causing breakage, they are well worth it!

Ultimately, you will be the one to decide what is best for you.

So, as it relates to the comb chase method what are your thoughts? Is it a go, or a no?

Originally posted 2013-10-11 15:00:23.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Comments

  1. Kay Dané
    Kay Dané

    I tried this method the other day & it works like a charm. Too bad the style didn’t last long on my hair due to other reasons

  2. Tamika Murrell
    Tamika Murrell

    I’ve had my hair flat ironed once in the five years I’ve been natural. I didn’t care for it.

    1. Aujenea Evans
      Aujenea Evans

      The urge to wet it and get my curls back is way strong lol it’s never worth the time it takes to do it smh

  3. Yvette Martin
    Yvette Martin

    Now that I am using “As I Am” hair care line, for the first time, I think I will no longer be using heat. Haven’t felt the urge.

    1. Pearl Cole

      Which of the As I Am hair products work best for you. I’m 1 year in and still struggle with finding the right products to make my hair look healthy. Just today I thought about using the heat method since I’m not happy with the look However, I surely don’t wont to make a mistake doing that.

  4. Tanya Wilks
    Tanya Wilks

    I get my hair professionally flat ironed once or every two months with no heat in between.

  5. Kim Eddins
    Kim Eddins

    I swear by this method….one pass…350 degrees on my unrelaxed hair does the trick….I dont straighten often…but when I do…this works for me.

  6. Christina Miller
    Christina Miller

    I do now. I have never heard of this method until I saw it on the Steve Harvey show during a hair care segment earlier this year. It is awkward at first but once you get the hang of it, you will notice a difference in the smoothness of your hair.

  7. Christine

    I use this method when I want super straight hair, it works really well for me.

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