Have you ever noticed when you comb you get those tiny pieces of broken off hairs or those lovely quarter inch snaps of hair? What this really is a sign of is breakage.
4c hair is very fine with bends and curves that make it super fragile. The manipulation of combing often times leads to breakage, which is why many naturals opt to finger comb instead. 4b hair types may find this to be an option to consider as well.
Even with finger combing breakage is not completely stopped, but it’s greatly reduced. Seeing all your hard work on the bathroom sink, the floor, or your bathroom walls is discouraging. Hold on to more hair and keep your hair healthier with finger combing. Finger combing tends to be a a better approach because it is gentle and your hands can feel snags that your comb just can’t.
GlamFun, a 4C natural on YouTube shares her advice about combing 4c hair
It is best to fingercomb as often as you can when you need to detangle. If you feel that you need more thorough detangling then you can follow up by gently detangling using a wide tooth comb starting from the ends of your hair working your way up.