Hairstylist Jet Rhys of the Jet Rhys Salons in San Diego warns against using plastic combs. She says "Plastic is a no-no. Not only does it cause your hair to rip and break very easily, but it also promotes electrostatic."
Which underscores the importance of a good-quality comb. Jet prefers hair friendly combs which have "wide teeth that detangle without pulling locks."
Jet has a great trick for combing wet hair which stretches and breaks more easily than dry hair. Jet says ""With your free hand, hold your hair at mid-shaft while you use the other hand to comb."
As far as the benefits of pre-slumber combing for detangling Jet says "a few strokes is all you need." Forget the idea of lots "one hundred strokes before bedtime" with either a comb or brush.
When caring for your comb Jet says "The only care that a comb needs is a quick removal of loose strands after use. If the tools are yours exclusively, no need to worry about anything more than a lukewarm water run-through to clean."
The California stylist has a super-simple comb trick for end-of-the-day flat hair in need of refreshment. She says "Think of a windshield wiper. Place your comb facing into the opposite side of the direction of hair growth, and comb back and forth. It increases volume!"