Styling afro hair or hair with a natural kink is best to do with a specialist afro comb, which will work to de-tangle thick, tough hair. Hair styling and grooming has long since played a pivotal role in African culture and the use of the comb is important for both men and women looking to create and then maintain their desired style. An afro comb can have a plastic or metal handle, and it can even be used as decoration as well as in the styling process.
The handles are also commonly adorned with pictures of anything from motifs and human figures to objects of status such as a crown and the comb can symbolise status or a religious belief. For others, the afro comb is simply a great way to style an otherwise temperamental hair type and it is up to the individual whether they prefer to style afro hair while it is wet or dry, and whether they want to use a metal or plastic comb.
Sectioning the hair out is vital when styling afro hair and a comb used specially on afro styles will usually feature wide, thick teeth on one side and thinner, closer teeth on the other side for versatility depending on the thickness of the hair. The hair should be combed from the bottom first, before working your way up to the parts closer to the root and many people like to start with the wider toothed part of the comb to detangle the hair, before using the thinner, closer teeth for more control of the style.
Working with afro hair will take time and patience, and one of the main problems with afro hair is that it is notably dry. This problem can be combated by regularly using deep oil treatments and by sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase, while tying the hair into a twist or braid during sleep will help to retain the tangle-free style for longer.