Combing and brushing have completely different functions, and that is why most of us need to do both.
A comb is meant to detangle hair.
A brush cleans and polishes the hair, and distributes the oils from the follicle throughout the length of the hair. It can work well only on hair that has been previously detangles with fingers or a comb.
Combing and brushing and your hair type:
- If you have short hair you can use just the brush, since you won't have much detangling to do.
- For longer hair I suggest first detangling with your fingers, then a comb, and finally using a brush. I've written a longer post about this here.
- Most curly hair should not be brushed, only combed.
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