First off, what is a hair pick? A hair pick (sometimes spelled “hair pik”) is a type of comb that is flat and square-shaped, like a painter’s brush but with harder teeth. It is used for combing and grooming very curly, thick or kinky hair. As the hair pick has longer, wide-set teeth, it has become the number-one grooming tool choice for Afro hair. It not only detangles with minimal tension and damage on the hair strand; it also helps also lift from the root, creating big, voluminous hair.
Read on to learn how you can use an afro pick to style your curly hair:
How to Use a Hair Pick
Step 1: Get the right haircut.
If you’re looking to rock and style big Afro hair, make sure to ask for the right cut from your stylist.
Step 2: Wash, co-wash or moisturize.
Regardless of where you are in your hair care regimen, it’s important to start with moisturized strands to prevent breakage and roughness when using a hair pick. Start with damp hair after a shower (or after a spritz of water or leave-in conditioner, such as SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Leave-In Treatment.
Step 3: Flip your hair.
Flip the head over and using your hair pick, pick the hair at the bottom, nearest to the nape of the neck. Comb a couple of inches upwards, towards the roots.
Step 4: Shake it out.
Give your head a wiggle: Shake the hair, then section it off into manageable parts.
Step 5: Moisturize again if needed.
Layer on another light coating of hair moisturizer, if required, from the root to the tip. (Note: A spray bottle makes application easier and more foolproof.).
Step 6: Use the pick on each section.
Comb each section through starting at the ends, making way from the lengths straight up to the roots. Once each section is complete, twist or clip it up (the latter is easier), and repeat until all the sections are done. Tip: Complete the back bottom sections first, then the back top sections before doing the sides.
Step 7: Remove all clips/unravel any twists.
Pick through your hair again if you want more volume is at the roots, or if you need further detangling at the tips.
Step 8: Finish with a shine spray.
Form your arms into a capital letter L (to ensure proper distance from your head), and apply a shine spray such as Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hair Spray.
More tips to remember when using your hair pick
Plastic picks are more gentle on hair than metal. It’s best to play around with different ones to see which work best for your particular kind of curl.
Regular trims are needed to maintain a well-groomed Afro.
Don’t skip on the moisturizer! Make sure hair is well nourished. Afro hair can be on the drier side, so invest in some serums (we like Suave Professionals Define & Shine Serum Gel) and make a habit of protecting hair while you sleep via a wrap or bonnet.