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Information about Pressing, Hot Combing, and Straightening Black, African American, and Kinky Type Hair

Q&A: Which Type Of Comb Is Less Damaging?

 

Question: Which thermal pressing comb is less damaging to the hair, a "smooth back" or double press with "teeth" long its back? If both are used simultaneouly during the pressing process cause thinning of the hair? I have noticed when my hair is wet, some parts look stringy. I use hydrating and moisturizing, and reconstructive hair care products two per month when my hair is washed, conditioned, blew dryed, press/curled. 

Answer: I've never used a double press comb with teeth along its back, but as long as the second row of teeth are not pulling or snagging on the hair, I would assume that the double press wouldn't be more damaging than the smooth backed comb. From my experience with pressing, and from my observations, when hair is damaged from pressing it is from the following reasons: 

  • the hair was not detangled before pressing. 
  • the comb was used at too high of a temperature. 
  • the hair was pressed too frequently. 

The stringy hairs that you see are most likely a result of using your comb at too high of a temperature. When heat is applied at too high of a temperature to hair, the protein bonds in the hair realign themselves permanently, instead of temporarily. However, the nice thing about hair is that it grows back. To prevent any more stringy hairs consider having the pressing comb turned down.