How to Use a Hot Comb on Natural Hair

If you are wondering how to use a hot comb properly, then you’ve come to the right place. A hair straightening comb(or a hot comb) is a styling tool that people use to make hair smoother and avoid frizziness.

Featured Image of How to Use a Hot Comb to Straighten or Curl Your Hair

Particularly by heating using electricity and including multiple temperature settings. People love this type of tool because it helps them save time. 

They have some advantages over flat irons, especially in the speed department. Namely, it is much faster to do your hair with a heated comb than with a flat iron. Nevertheless, you need to know how to use it. Therefore, if you are on the fence about getting a hot comb, we will show you how to properly use it.

Common Preparation

Before you try one of the below methods, you need to be properly prepared. Among the aspects to keep in mind you have: washing and drying your hair properly. Secondly, combing your hair thoroughly to make sure that there are no entanglements.

Finally, make 1-inch small sections of your hair and use pins to secure it.

Now let’s see how you can straighten your hair using a regular comb. To straighten or curl your hair with an automatic hot brush, you can read the last 2 methods.

Check: Why You Should Not Use Hot Comb for Thin Hair

4 Ways to Use a Hot Comb

First way - Normal Comb Heated by Flame

Our first method requires simple things that are easily accessible at home. Choose one of your hairbrushes with metal teeth and a wooden or heat-resistant handle.

Note: Plastic combs will melt if you try to heat them, so avoid them.

Turn your stove on and put the comb close to the flame. Leave it there for a few seconds until you feel that it’s warm enough.

Nevertheless, you don’t know if the temperature will be suitable for your hair. Therefore, put it on a paper towel and see if it turns brown.

If the paper towel turns brown, it means it is too hot. So cool it down a bit and try again until the paper is no longer turning brown. 

Afterward, take each section of your hair and brush with the hot comb. You can get very close to the base of your hair but try not to touch the skin. Brush it as many times as you need to get it as straight as you want.

Do this for each division, and you’ll have natural-looking straight hair.

Second way - Normal Comb Heated by Hot Air

If you think a stove-heated comb might be too dangerous, or you don’t feel comfortable trying that method, then this second one is for you. Firstly, you’ll need to have a hairdryer or hot air blower to try this method.

Only the heating step is different from the first way we described above. Therefore, follow that method until the heating step, and heat a regular comb with hot air instead of a direct flame. Hence, you’ll require a comb with metal teeth like the previous one.

It is important to note that you can have straight hair using a hot comb, but not curly hair.

Additionally, your straight hair won’t stay straight for long. To avoid all that hassle and have long-lasting, good-looking hair, you should use electric combs. Thus, let’s see how to use an electric hot comb on your natural hair.

Third Way - Electric Hot Comb

Electric Hot Comb - V1 Sep

These methods are a bit easier. Follow the common preparation part and plug it in to warm up.

After a minute, your hot comb should be ready. Set the appropriate temperature and brush thoroughly from top to bottom. You’ll see that this will require significantly less time and effort to straighten your hair.

Some even argue that an electric hot comb is better than using a flat iron.

Both have advantages and disadvantages. Hence, we cannot rule one out without going into details. Thus, you can check our list of hot combs here.

After you’ve straightened your hair, don’t forget to maintain the precautions we’ve listed below.

Fourth way - Electric Hot Brush Round

Electric Hot Brush Round

Our third way is to get straight hair. But if you want curly hair, you need to use a hot round comb.

There’s nothing much to say here. Just look for a round brush instead of a regular one. Spin it while brushing down, and you’ll see cute curls appearing. Do it multiple times to get healthy curls. 

Precautions for Using Electric Hair Tools

It is our duty to warn you whenever we talk about using appliances that use electricity to heat up. Therefore, we suggest you keep in mind the below tips. 

Final Words

We all have different textures and curves to our natural hair. To style our hair to our liking, we need to keep it in its most flexible state.

You can do so quickly using a flat iron, but to do it in a more detailed way that reaches the base of your hair, there is no better way than to use a hot comb.

For short, medium, or thin hair, using an electric hot comb is preferable. You’ll get your desired results. But if you have thick or firmly curled hair, you’ll need to use the first method mentioned above. The flame heated comb does a fantastic job in this situation.

While it is true that a hot comb can’t provide long-lasting straight or curly hair like a flat iron, the hot comb method is still your best bet in dire situations. Think of it as a little video game hack. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Reader Interactions


  1. Hi,

    I am a regular reader of your blogs. They are amazing.

    However, after going through many of them, I realized that while you suggested many products in some blogs to help out your readers, there is no product suggestion in others. Why is that?

    Also, I would like to know which heat protectant I should use on my delicate natural hair so that it doesn’t get burned and damaged when I use a hot comb.

    I am looking forward to your expert suggestion before making a purchase.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Dear Lauren,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. We appreciate our readers’ feedback.

      To protect your delicate natural tresses completely, we would suggest you try out the HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector before using the hot comb. It would most definitely protect your manes from burning.

      We hope this would help.

  2. Hello there,

    I would like to say that this article is CRAP. Do you even check the facts before putting them into words? As far as I know, hot combs come with cool tip ends; why did you say not to go too close to the scalp while using it?

    Anyways, a part of the article was really good.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Dear Missa,

      Thank you very much for taking out the time and giving us feedback. We appreciate it.

      And you are right. Many hot combs come with cool tip ends. However, as all of them don’t have cool tips, we stated not to get too close to the scalp as a precautionary step.

      We hope this would clear your confusion.


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