Lately, I have been wearing my hair out more often being that I have final learned how to maintain my length without having to do so much protective styling (which to me has be been a major accomplishment). However, a couple of months ago I began to notice splitting in the middle of my hair shaft. Mid shaft spits are just like split ends but instead of starting at the ends of your hair they begin in the middle. This can be very problematic for those trying to maintain length and can lead to excessive breakage.
Having been natural long enough I knew my best bet was to braid my hair up until I could figure out what was the problem. Having conquered single strand knots and split ends I was confident I would solve the latest hair issue. After months of observation and research I was able to confirm that it was the seam of my comb that was causing the splits.
What are the seams of a comb?
Most combs are made is by a mold. The mold has 2 parts, which are clamped together, and then the plastic is poured in to bond them together. Because the mold has 2 parts a seam is formed from a tiny bit of the plastic making its way into the cracks. This seam can snag your curls when combing and over time can lead to mid shaft splits.
Is your comb seamless ?
To test to see if your comb is seamless, run your nail along the edge you should be able to feel them.
1. Finger combing your hair. Since the comb is causing the problem the instant solution would be to stop combing your hair and start using your fingers. Although it is time consuming its better in the long run (length retention!).
2. DIY Solution Filing Down your comb (TUTORIAL COMING SOON).It’s the seams on the “teeth” that cause an issue. You can just take a nail file and file them down.
3. Buy a Seamless comb. I know I’m always hesitant to buy something new if there is a DIY version but this is an investment that is well worth it. My favorite is the Hercules Sägemann mini star 5610 . Since it seems to be damn near impossible to find a seamless comb ( even in nyc ) I had to get mine online at http://www.hotcombs.net/.
If you know of any local spots that sell them feel free to comment below.