That’s what I get for letting my 6 yr. old play with my hair. Yes, as I type this, a comb is still wrapped tight in my hair. I can’t get it out.
She thinks it’s funny…
As you can imagine, I do NOT think it is all that hilarious!
If you’re reading this article, I’m hoping that you’re not in the same situation I was! But if you are, don’t panic, because there are several tried-and-true tips you can follow to get yourself out of this kind of predicament.
Here’s what I did…
Avoid Wetting Your Hair at First
Later, I’ll tell you about how you can wash your hair to help get the stuck comb out, but first, I recommend that you try removing the comb without doing so. Although wetting your hair can often help, it can sometimes make things worse, too.
If you’re reading this after trying to wet your hair to get the comb out, don’t panic – just use your hair dryer on cold mode to dry your hair. Avoid using the hot setting, as this will set your hair inside the comb (not the desired effect).
To Oil or Not to Oil?
When I was trying to find solutions on how to get this comb out of my hair, I read a few different pointers online…
Some people said not to oil, as that would make it harder for me to latch on to the comb. Other people, though, said that it was best to oil up with Vaseline, baby oil, or hair salve.
I didn’t ultimately try it, so I’ll leave it up to you. I did find conditioner to be helpful, so it would make sense that other “greasy” additives might help, too.
Try Not to Pull
You’re probably going to stop pulling immediately, the minute you realize how badly this hurts, but if you’re stubborn and just want to get that thing out resist the urge to tug and pull.
It’s only going to pull out more hair and not help you in the long run. If your goal is to not be bald after this, then avoid any pulling and tugging!
Pulling the bristles will only work the bristles or the tines further into your hair, making things more difficult.
Loosen Things Up
Use a sharp item, like another pointed comb or a pen (or a pick, if you have one) to gently and slowly remove the hair from the comb and to loosen up the tangle. You may want to get someone to help you, as you won’t be able to see the knot that your hair made beneath the comb.
Pull Out Small Strands Slowly, One at a Time
Again, moving slowly, pull the strands of hair out of the comb. You will want to find the ends of the hair first then follow it where it leads back into the comb. Pick it out and pull gently until the whole strand is pulled out of the comb.
Be super patient with this. It could take you several hours to get the comb out! Work slowly, starting at the ends and working your way to the scalp.
Use Detangling Spray
Detangling spray works great for kids, but it’s something you should have on hand for healthy locks, too.
Using a bit of detangling spray is a great way to work tangles out of your hair, so it only makes sense that it would work wonders on a stuck comb, too. Spray some all around the stuck comb or brush and don’t be afraid of using too much.
If you don’t have any detangling spray, consider mixing a bit of conditioner with water in a spray bottle and applying that.
Wash Your Hair
If you got the comb out with one of the tips mentioned above, great! Time to wash and condition as normal – trust me, you will want to, because your hair is going to look like a huge rat’s nest! But if you still don’t have the comb out, I actually recommend giving washing and conditioning a try.
The conditioning is especially important, so feel free to skip the shampoo if you’re in a rush. Lather up with some conditioner and you might find that it greases up your hair enough to get the comb out.
Cut the Comb or Brush
If you have a comb stuck in your hair, you can always break it (which is what I did). But if it’s a brush, breaking it might be more of a challenge. I recommend cutting the bristles of the brush. Do this slowly and patiently so you don’t accidentally cut pieces of your hair.
Cut it Out
This is the absolute last resort, but if you have a flat plastic comb stuck in your hair, your only option might be to cut it out. Sorry! But I do recommend visiting a hairdresser if you have to do this, as they’ll be better at cutting only the pieces that need to be cut and making the most of the mess you have going on.
Another suggestion? If you have to cut your own hair, cut tiny, tiny pieces. Don’t cut the whole section – this could be overkill. Just cut only small sections at a time.
Prevent Tangles Next Time
Of course, the best way to deal with a stuck comb is to not let it get stuck in the first place!
A few tips?
If you can, cut your hair on a regular basis. There is nothing wrong with long, luscious locks, but if you don’t trim the ends every now and then, you’re going to find that you get more knots and tangles. That’s because split ends tangle more frequently than frequently sheared ones!
When you brush or comb your hair, apply detangling spray or leave-in conditioner first. Comb your hair with a wide tooth comb (ideally in the shower) to help keep tangles at bay.
Always use a clean brush or comb and if you’re using a round brush, don’t roll it backward from the direction you started with in the first place. Work in sections when you brush your hair to avoid getting large clumps stuck together.
Again, a clean brush or comb is essential. If you have a ton of hair or debris clogged inside a comb, you’re going to find that it gets stuck easier in your hair. Remove all old hair from your bristles or tines and give the brush a scrub-down with some baking soda every now and then.
What I Did To Get Out My Stuck Comb: An Update
Thanks for not laughing at me too much!! 🙂
I finally got the dumb comb out. When my husband came home I showed him what happened. Being the sweetie that he is, he offered to help.
He sat down behind me, got a closer look at the mess and said, “Wow”, realizing how truly tangled it was. He tried for about 30 seconds, then said, “Yeah, you’re gonna have to cut that out.”
No!! I didn’t want to cut it! My mother in law (who read my post) called and kindly offered to come over and help me get it out. I thanked her and told her if worse came to worse I’d go to her house for help.
I worked on and off for an hour and a half trying to undo the mess. Not having much progress I began contemplating the scissors.
Fortunately, before I began hacking away, it occurred to me that I should break the comb. I began bending it back and forth in the middle of the knot until the comb snapped in half. Then I easily slid the hair over the broken ends of the comb. FREEDOM!
Next I got to pick out the dredlock that was left in my hair. It wasn’t too bad though, once I sprayed some detangler on it.
So anyways, FYI, if your hair ever gets wrapped around a comb and you can’t get it out… break the comb.
Thanks for all of your suggestions 🙂
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.