You comb your hair every day or several times a day.
So what kind of comb you use is very important. Most people use a plastic comb. But there is a better alternative to plastic, and that is wood. Of course, wooden comb does the work of combing hair, but it is superior in many other ways. Let us find out why a wooden comb is better than a plastic one.
Out of curiosity, I first picked up the wooden comb.
I didn’t know what to expect. But as the days passed and then months passed, I couldn’t live without him.
I remember, once I lost my only wooden comb. So I had to use the old plastic, and my hair didn’t like it. It later became stable-K. And since I’m used to the feel of wood on my head, the plastic comb feels a bit gimmicky.
Next day, I ordered 3 different varieties of wooden combs – some comb indulgence 🙂
It’s been about a decade since I switched from plastic to wooden combs.
Now, it is a staple for me and one of the best things I have ever done for my hair and scalp health.
What’s great about wooden combs? And why you should consider switching. Yes, it reduces static and feels therapeutic on the scalp, but there are many more reasons to use it. That’s why use a wooden comb…
8 Benefits of Using Wooden Comb for Hair and Scalp
1. Combing feels like a head massage
The wooden teeth of the comb feel wonderful on the scalp. It is as if little fingers are massaging your head. It is very relaxing and gentle on the scalp.
2. Increases blood circulation
When you comb with a wooden comb, its massaging effect increases blood flow to the scalp, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the roots. This, in turn, will promote the growth of thick and healthy hair.
3. Makes hair shiny and bouncier
Our scalp provides our hair with a supply of natural oils (sebum), which act as a beautiful conditioner and protector. When you comb from scalp to ends, the sebum gets evenly distributed, adding shine and bounce to hair.
Wooden combs do a better job of distributing sebum than plastic ones. The wood absorbs sebum, and it coats the hair evenly as you comb the hair.
4. Keeps Static Away
Remember, as kids we experimented with static with plastic rulers and pieces of paper.
Similarly, plastic combs can cause dryness in our hair and make hair frizzy. Why does this happen? This is because positive attracts negative.
The plastic comb has a slight negative charge, and our hair has a positive charge. So when you comb, there is a transfer of electrons from positive to negative, and this generates static electricity. Due to static, the hairs first stick to the comb, and when you remove the comb, the hairs repel each other, and they stand out.
The wooden comb, having a nearly neutral charge, remains stable.
5. Reduces hair breakage
There are two factors to this:
First, a wooden comb won’t be as static and therefore detangles hair more easily. And second, since the wooden comb coats each hair with natural oils, hair remains flexible and protected while you comb or style. Over time, you’ll notice less breakage and split ends.
6. Relieves Dry, Flaky Scalp
A wooden comb won’t magically make a dry scalp disappear. But its massaging effects help to normalize the production of scalp oil which in turn helps to slough off a dry, flaky scalp.
7. Promotes Hair Growth
Wooden combs do great things for the hair and scalp: like improving circulation, conditioning hair with natural oils, and improving scalp health. And all these benefits encourage healthy hair growth.
8. Good for the Planet
Not only is it kinder to our hair, but wooden combs are kinder to the planet, too. Unlike plastic, which is not biodegradable and harms the environment, a wooden comb can break down without causing any negative impact on the environment.
How to keep your wooden comb clean?
Like any other comb, wooden combs should be kept clean so that you don’t transfer dirt and grease back into your hair.
Every time you wash your hair, take your comb with you and wash it too. You can use a little soap and warm water to clean it. If it’s greasy or dirty, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub it.
Where to buy?
You can find wooden combs in many stores, but you can also buy them online. Here are some good ones I’ve found:
wooden 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, provides good massaging effect
Do you use a wooden comb? Would love to hear your thoughts on this…
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