My mum requested me to style her hair and I came ready and armed with my usual hair arsenal (wide tooth comb, water spray bottle and conditioner). However, she said that she normally uses a fine tooth comb on dry but oiled hair which led me to give a 'don't you ever do that again' speech.
She disagreed and said she would demonstrate. I was hugely cynical and slightly horrified as the comb came out but to my great shock, her method actually worked on her hair. The comb actually glided through with no snapping or tangling whatsoever. My mother's hair is very similar to mine except it is finer and less kinky (still 4abczyz).
I would never use that comb on my hair because it would snap my hair off. I also would not choose to comb my hair without just a little bit of water to help with elasticity but interestingly my mother can dry comb her hair.
Lesson learned: Sometimes things that really should not work, do work for some people. A fine tooth comb does not always result in hair breakage.