Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jumbo Rake Comb Review

When I was talkin' hair with my mother a couple of months ago she showed me a picture of a comb that she was interested in trying.  She checked out a copy of the book, "The Science of Black Hair" from the library and it listed a "rake" comb as a suggestion for detangling natural hair.  I remembered seeing the comb online (probably in a Youtube video) but didn't exactly know where to track one down.  Recently however, I was at the Big Beauty Supply Store in Aurora, and noticed some for sale.  It was by the Annie brand and was called a "Jumbo Rake Comb".   I figured I would grab it for my mom so she wouldn't have to keep looking for it.  I thought that maybe I would give it a try too and since they were only $1.49 plus tax (USD) I bought two.

Jumbo Rake Comb for only
 $1.49 plus tax!
I didn't really know what to use the comb for because I already felt like I had every comb that I needed.  I decided to use it one night when I was twisting my hair up after wearing it in a wash n' go style.  I was surprised at how well the comb detangled my hair.  It's almost like the front end helped to pull apart the tangles but the spacing toward the back end of the comb allowed my hair to glide right through.  When I saw this I decided to try it the next time I detangled my hair in the shower.

My normal routine for detangling is to do it while my hair is soaking wet and saturated with Tresemme Naturals conditioner.  I usually begin by finger combing my hair first which helps me to remove a lot of the shed hair and tangles before moving onto a comb or my denman brush.  So when I tried the Jumbo Rake comb my hair was already free from any major tangles.  Still, I knew that I would be doing a roller set that night so I needed to make sure my hair was thoroughly detangled beforehand.

My twists
used the rake comb
to detangle

Once again, the comb performed beautifully.  I was really surprised because I didn't expect for it to be any different from my wide tooth comb.  Somehow though having the teeth closer together toward the front and wider in back is what I think makes it a more effective tool for detangling.  It really is able to pick apart at the tangles but the hair glides through.  You'd have to try it to see what I mean.  As for me, I do think that I'll be using this instead of my denman brush because it removed shed hairs but not so many to cause concern.

My Mom's hair sectioned and detangled with
the rake comb
I even tried it a week later when I was straightening my mom's hair.  She is transitioning to natural and has about two inches of new growth.  I applied Paul Mitchell's The Conditioner and a heat protectant to each section of her hair and then detangled with the rake comb.  Her hair was only damp but the comb still did a pretty good job.

I give it a thumbs up and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good comb for detangling.

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