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Ouch! Ouch! When I was little, the comb was my archenemy. When I saw its big plastic teeth coming at me just after a fresh home hair wash, I would try all sorts of tricks to flee its tyranny. Squirming on the stool just out of its reach. Begging for snack breaks. Hiding it. My rebel roots didn’t want to be tamed. I, like many black kids with tightly curled hair, was tender-headed (that is, a crybaby grooming guerrilla who would do just about anything to avoid feeling as if her head were about to pop off for the sake of looking neat). There is, I imagine, a whole army of recovering and budding comb bandits out there. If the toothy thing is holding you or your child hostage, Natural Hair Care Day promises to give you the weapons—that is, the techniques and products—necessary for escape. Learn the art of war from noon to 4 p.m. at the Capital Children’s Museum, 800 3rd St. NE. $6. (202) 675-4120. (Nefretiti Makenta)