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[–] raw_toast_ 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Long hair is a hobby of mine!

You want to use a comb to detangle your hair, but not a plastic one. Get one carved out of something like bone or wood. Be gentle and comb from the bottom up. Old fashioned hair brushes were designed to distribute the oils from the scalp down the hair. Your plastic brush with the dipped bristles won't do that. It only will rip and damage your hair so you have to cut it sooner. Throw out your plastic brush. A boar bristle brush is good for this. Start at the top of the head, touching the scalp and brush down already-detangled (combed) hair. There's a 100 brush strokes myth from waaay back when, but you don't actually need to do this. If you have that much time in your day, more power to you, but work your way up to it over the course of months because you need to build up your scalp's strength to the brush as you aren't used to it right now. There are bb brushes and carved combs in all sorts of price ranges and you can probably buy a comb from a small business carver if you don't want to give corporations money.

For more information, look up "long hair care forums". There should be a few really good resources there.

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[–] KatHarzso [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Holy shit, thanks! I got this comment saved :)

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[–] raw_toast_ 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm happy to help! Please PM me if you want to talk hair more. I'm dying to find people to talk with about these topics!

If you want to maintain your long hair, it's generally good to wear it up most of the time. Once it gets long enough, it may actually be more convenient to wear it up all of the time. There are a lot of videos on how to use hair sticks online. You can make a pair of hair sticks by smoothing out two wooden pencils and then coating the exposed wood in nail polish to prevent splinters from catching on your hair. You can also peel and sand down twigs cut to an appropriate length. There are many small businesses selling handmade hair accessories that, unlike hair spray, permanent hair dye and chemical treatments, and heat styling tools, won't damage your hair but allow you to achieve many different looks. Spin pins, hair sticks, hair forks, hair combs, and hair slides are all good choices along with amish pins, bobby pins (you put them in bumpy side DOWN and they won't slide out, btw), hair elastics without any metal on them, and u pins. Bad choices that damage hair are hair clips that make a snapping sound, alligator clips, hair elastics with metal on them, and basically anything that crimps or snaps your hair. You can find a lot of good information by searching "protective hair updos" and filtering out the "natural african" stuff.

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[–] QueenAlt 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I woul only add to Nadeshda by telling you to start in short strokes at the ends and work up closer to the scalp a little at a time as you detangle. Never yank or rip at it. The choice of comb or brush usually depends on hair type.

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[–] KatHarzso [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks!

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[–] Native 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Hair Brush and do your self a favor and get "Loma" just a few drops gets the hard tangles and knots out--it's a miracle

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[–] KatHarzso [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Thank you, definitely looking into it.

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[–] enginedriver13 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I know this is old but...yes, seconded on using a wide toothed comb made from natural materials if possible (if you have to buy a plastic look closely at the comb's teeth to make sure there are no rough "seams" to damage the hair shaft.

Be sparing when applying oils to hair, some people find oils on the scalp can cause excessive shedding (although peppermint and black castor oils have been reported to stimulate hair growth). The Long Hair Community forums have a lot of knowledge and info.

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[–] dancemonkey 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I swear by my tangleteezer. Good on wet or dry hair too. I have hair that tangles really easily.

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[–] Nadeshda 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Fingers first to gently ease out any knots. Soft brush with bristles, kinda like the ones men use as it gently grabs all the hair without breaking then use a comb like brush to get rid of any stubborn knots. Or just use detangler spray with a comb after washing. Use the first mentioned if and when hair is dry.

But really what are you trying to do?

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[–] KatHarzso [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Lets just say my mother ain't the most womanly woman out there to teach me the finer tips on being womanly, and I lost my grandma in my preteen years so missed her sharing of knowledge.

I got long hair, last I checked it was roughly 24 inches. Very healthy, but fine as in whenever I style it it goes back to being flat in record time. I treat it with coconut oil and lavender essential oils, rarely wash and use organic shampoo and conditioner. Lots of conditioner.

Honestly, I was just wondering which tool is better to use on long hair that you don't want breaking before it's time? Which you have answered! Thanks. :)

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[–] Nadeshda 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Ah Kat hugs!!! Your hair sounds wonderful, be patient, peppermint oil on your scalp at night will make for beautiful strong glistening hair and the oil beats scalp inflammation too.

Obviously a gentle wash and tap dry prevents breaking too... you are soo sweet!

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[–] AlternateSelection 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Chainsaw works.

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[–] KatHarzso [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I've often considered that.

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[–] AlternateSelection 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Do it.

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[–] happyfreecontent 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A vibrating brush. No kidding.

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