Does Combing Cause Hair Loss? Combing your hair does not contribute to hair loss if you do it right. Make sure your comb is smooth and of good quality. Combs that feel rough, have chips, or even micro-cracks can snag hair, pull it out, or act like a saw which can create breaks in the hair strand. Using a proper brush, apply full strokes from the scalp to the tips of your hair to distribute the hair's natural oil.