You comb your hair every day or several times a day.
So what type of comb you use is mighty important. Most people use a plastic comb. But there’s a better alternative to plastic, and it is wood. Of course, a wooden comb does the job of combing hair, but it’s also superior in many other ways. Let us find out why a wooden comb is better than a plastic comb.
I first picked up the wooden comb just out of curiosity.
I didn’t know what to expect. But as the days passed and then months, I couldn’t do without one.
I remember, on one instance, I lost my only wooden comb. So I had to use the old plastic one, and my hair didn’t like it. It got static-ky afterwards. And since I am used to the feel of wood on my scalp, the plastic comb kinda felt artificial.
The next day, I ordered 3 different varieties of wood comb – some comb indulgence 🙂
It’s nearly been a decade of making the switch from plastic to wooden comb.
Now, it’s a staple for me and one of the best things I have for the health of my hair and scalp.
What’s so good about a wooden comb? And why you should think about making a switch. Yes, it reduces static and feels therapeutic on the scalp, but there are many more reasons to use it. Here is why you should use a wooden comb…
The wooden teeth of the comb have an amazing feel on the scalp. It’s like little fingers giving you a head massage. It is very relaxing and gentle on the scalp.
As you comb with the wooden comb, its massaging effects boost blood flow to the scalp, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the roots. This, in turn, will promote thicker and healthier hair growth.
Our scalp bestows our hair with a supply of natural oils (sebum), which acts as a lovely conditioner and protector. As you comb from scalp to ends, the sebum gets distributed evenly, increasing the shine and bounce of the hair.
A wooden comb does a better job of sebum distribution than plastic. Wood absorbs sebum, and as you comb hair, it evenly coats hair with it.
Remember, as kids we have done the static experiment with the plastic ruler and paper pieces.
Likewise, the plastic comb can cause static in our hair and make the hair stand out wild. Why does that happen? That’s because positive attracts negative.
Plastic comb carries a mild negative charge, and our hair has a positive charge. So as you comb, there’s a transfer of electrons from positive to negative, and that generates static electricity. Due to static, hair first sticks to the comb, and after you remove the comb, the hairs repel each other, and they stand out.
Wooden comb, being almost neutral charge, keeps static at bay.
There are two factors to this:
First, the wooden comb won’t create static and therefore detangles hair more easily. And another, as wooden comb coats each hair strand with natural oils, the hair stays flexible and protected when you comb or style. Over time, you will see less breakage and split ends.
Wooden comb won’t magically make dry scalp disappear. But its massaging effects help to normalise the production of scalp oils which in turn help overcome a dry, flaky scalp.
The wooden comb does a lot of nice things for hair and scalp: like improving circulation, conditioning hair with natural oils and improving scalp health. And all of these benefits encourage healthy hair growth.
It’s not just kind to our hair, the wooden comb is also kinder to the planet. Unlike plastic, which is not biodegradable and harms the environment, a wooden comb can break down without having any negative effect on the environment.
Like any other comb, wooden combs too must be kept clean so you don’t transfer the dirt and grease back into your hair.
Every time you wash your hair, take your comb along with you and give it a wash as well. You can use some soap and warm water to clean it. If it’s greasy or dirty, use an old toothbrush to scrub it gently.
You can find the wooden combs in many stores, but you can also buy them online. Here are some good ones that I found:
Wood comb (wide-tooth): for all hair types
Wavy handle comb: for long/thick hair
Fine-tooth wood comb: for straight/ wavy hair
Wooden bristle hair Brush: for straight/ wavy hair, offers good massage effect
Do you use a wood comb? would love to hear your views on it…
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