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The Rat Tail Comb of all Rat Tail Combs!

You know I would NEVER use the comb part of the rat tail comb to detangle nappy hair on the first pass. I have seen people use them on nappy hair once it's already been completely detangled. I've never tried it on my girls. I do, however, frequently use the tail end to make my parts. Up until now I've been using the comb on the left--which is completely made of plastic. It makes satisfactory parts. It's also good for prying apart moderately small to big braids. I'm always looking for a hair pin or some other sharp item to remove knots and tiny braids. No more! The metal tail is the TRUTH! Not only does it do a better job on unraveling the braid/twist stitch, it's excellent on those knots. It also makes great parts. My only concern is my tendency to absent mindedly rake the tail too hard across my daughters' scalp while making a part. I have to be super careful with that metal tip. I cringe at the ramifications of making a mistake. Can you imagine?


  1. For taking out tiny braids, there is a comb like thing out there called the unbraider. It is about 15 dollars and works really well as it can comb out the hair as it undoes the braid. Not good for a braid-out though.

    I used it all the time on box braids before we went to locks.

  2. Comb out the braid you say? I MUST investigate this. When I try it, I will put up a review. Thanks!

  3. I had to laugh at the comments about parting hair using the metal tip comb! We not only use this all the time (especially for my one who has super thick hair) but I have occasionally set it on the coffee table and forgotton about it in the craziness of 3 baby girls under 3 years old... only to find my 16 mo. old wielding it as a weapon and Praise GOD.... remove it from her tight little grasp moments before she impales one of her sisters! These things, like any tools, can be a blessing in the right hands and a curse in others!

  4. Greetings,

    I've heard that a rat tail comb is trick to making a straight part. Thank you for the reminder!

    On another note, I wanted to invite you to share your "Hair Story" with readers of, an online magazine. We've been following your blog for quite some time and enjoy the information you provide regarding natural hair.

    If you are interested in being featured please contact me at and I’d be happy to provide you with more information.

    I hope to hear from you soon.

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  5. Thanks Leah--I sent you an email.


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