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    Default Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    I am not that experienced with having really long hair...
    For anyone with more experience...what is the least damaging to your hair after taking a shower....
    I have heard that combing your hair while is wet is bad so I will leave that out
    I have also heard that towel drying is bad due to its tendency to cause split ends so I will leave that out unless someone has something to say about that
    Least damaging to your hair:
    Cold setting with hair dryer and then combing while hair is semi-wet
    Cold setting with hair dryer and then combing while hair is nearly dry
    Cold setting with hair dryer and then combing when hair is completely dry
    A fan and then combing while hair is semi-wet
    A fan and then combing while hair is nearly dry
    A fan and then combing when hair is completely dry
    Naturally drying and then combing while hair is semi-wet
    Naturally drying and then combing while hair is nearly dry
    Naturally drying and then combing while hair is completely dry

    And then for when you are in a hurry...
    Warm setting on hair dryer and then combing while hair is semi-wet
    Warm setting on hair dryer and then combing while hair is nearly dry
    Warm setting on hair dryer and then combing while hair is completely dry

    Also what brushes do you suggest for preventing hair damage and any other tips regarding methods of combing for preventing hair damage and split ends?

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    Default Re: Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    We will need details like hair type for this, I finger comb while still in the shower while my hair is still soaked with conditioner and as the conditioner rinses out but I am a wavy curly. Brushing after the shower leaves me with afro pouf and no real defined curls, if I do brush again it isn't till well after wash day. I use a wide toothed comb, I threw out all of my heat tools and brushes but my hair was not liking the brush I had and I just have not gotten a new one. I can't look at heat without my hair splitting either and some of the girls here can. I am not super long, just barely flirting with APL but I don't see my routine really changing much. I also bought turby towels so post shower I put my silly hat on till I am done with dressing, tooth brushing and face painting.

    ETA: comb from the bottom up, never the bottom down, do small sections and work slowly.
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    Default Re: Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    Many people use a t-shirt cut open instead of a towel to dry their hair. If you use a towel (I do), just don't rub it. Wrap it up and let the towel absorbs the water, then unwrap it gently. I never use heat to dry my hair, but sometimes I will stand in front of a room fan if I need it to dry quickly. I usually just don't even bother with that. I use either a wide-tooth comb or a tangle teezer when it's almost dry to dry. Like SerinaDaith said, always comb/brush from the bottom up. Never start from your roots and yank through to the ends.
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    Default Re: Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    As above, I gently wrap in a towel - briefly - after gently squeezing some water out. I will comb with a wide tooth comb when wet - once. Then air dry and occasionally finger comb while drying.

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    Default Re: Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    In response to SerinaDaith's post..."We will need details like hair type for this, I fing...."

    Here are the details of my hair type....or my best guess at my hair type....
    For my hair type.... I am not sure but this is what I put when I signed up...I gave it my best guess by searching similar hair types on google
    1st classifier straightness-curlyiness – 1b/1c ....my hair is waving out a bit past a little below the chin. I am not sure yet though if this is because my hair is 1b/1c or if it is due to split ends. I am thinking it is just wavy/a little frizzy past the chin after looking at this site with a picture of the various split ends...http://www.diaryofahairobsession.com/?p=2828...but I can't be sure. My best guess is it is 1b/1c( Speaking of this...does anyone have good site link to real high resolution pictures of different types of split ends?)
    2nd classifier – Fine/Medium
    3rd classifier – for the 3rd classifier I don't know if I have long enough hair yet to get an accurate measurement yet....I can put it a high ponytail, but just barely...the hairs in the front fall down sometimes....My best guess is i/ii AKA thin/normal
    Last edited by qijino1236; May 15th, 2013 at 06:50 PM.

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    Default Re: Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    Thank you for all the help so far
    SerinaDaith, Vrindi, and lunalocks.

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    Default Re: Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    I have hip length hair and dry with a floor fan,works so awesome!!

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    Default Re: Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    To Vrindi...how long have you had your tangle teezer? Does work any better than a wide-tooth comb? I thought about getting one about 6 months ago but never ended up ordering one. Do you have the Salon Elite or Original or both? If you have both does the Salon Elite work any better than the original? It looks like they have another tangle teezer called Aqua Splash now too.

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    Default Re: Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    I have a similar hair type to you, OP. When I get out of the shower or bath, I wrap my hair in a baby bath towel. They are stretchy and absorb quite well. Car towels, dog towels, and cotton t shirts do the same thing. After the towel is soaking wet I let my hair down and detangle with either a Tangle Teaser or a Mebco detangling comb starting at the ends and working up. Most often I air dry from this point on. Sometimes I will damp bun for the day. It just depends on how much time I have and what I am doing that day. I use my blow dryer on warm to finish drying some of the time. I can get my hair fairly straight by using the blow dryer and a TT or a non ball tipped brush. I don't do this very often but if I really want to wear my hair down and straight I do. I'm not planning to go much beyond waist and I'm almost there again. I want to enjoy my hair and have fun with it that, to me, means occasional heat styling. I try to do it as gently as possible and I use leave ins and heat protectant and I condition the hell out of my hair.

    As your hair grows you will have to experiment and see how it holds up to various things you want to do to it.


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    Default Re: Least damaging method of drying and combing hair

    Thanks for the advice Carolyn.

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