YES! Using a wooden comb has tremendous benefits for your hair, your scalp and the planet. Wooden renewables are in, plastics are out!
We here at CharlieCurls are constantly researching what hair care approaches are better for our hair, work to help repair or avoid hair damage and are environmentally better as well.
A simple way to start repairing hair naturally is switching to a wooden comb, while trying to avoid harsh detergents and chemicals on your hair and skipping the heat to style.
We loved making the switch to a wood comb and learned a lot speaking with holistic hair stylists and diving deeper into the research. Using a wooden comb, especially to detangle wet hair after a shower and to comb hair before using a CharlieCurl to create curls and style our hair, has become an essential part of our hair care routine.
Here’s the basic science breakdown behind why wood combs are better and provide benefits for your hair:
Plastic and metal combs and brushes can cause static in your hair because they have a positive electrical charge and hair has a negative electrical charge which attracts hair to the comb causing static and/or frizz. Static and frizz allow the hair strand to dry out and become brittle, not to mention it just doesn’t look good. And plastic and low-quality metals are bad for the environment and non renewable unlike wood. Wooden combs can’t conduct electricity, so they keep your hair free from static damage.
Wooden combs are carbon based, just like your hair, skin and scalp. Since both hair and wood have a negative electrical charge, a wooden comb helps your hair lay down and gives it a smooth and glossy look. And since wood is a natural material, it’s not likely to stimulate allergies or skin conditions that using plastic and metal combs can aggravate.
A wooden comb more easily distributes natural oils from the scalp throughout the entire hair strand because the oils are not sticking instead to the metal or plastic of a regular comb. It leaves your hair less greasy looking and healthier with the shine and bounce of nicely moisturized hair.
Being carbon based, a wooden comb massages the scalp in a complementary way without bruising or scraping the skin. The scalp likes the feel of the wood (it has a soft feel) which increases blood circulation and healthy oil production. Did you know that our scalps have a range of acupressure points, too? So even sensitive scalps love wood, and the gentle massage calms nerves, quiets the mind and just plain feels good! When the mind is at rest, the body internally and externally is at peace too. It is all about the mind-body connection.
We often comb longer with a wooden comb because it feels so good. The massaging action stimulates the follicles to produce more hair strands, increasing hair growth and producing thicker hair.
Metal and plastic combs tend to create tangles toward the end of the stroke, whereas a wooden comb doesn’t. As your wooden comb glides smoothly over the scalp and through the hair, de-tangling is easier and breakage and split ends are safely avoided. Also, since you should never brush wet hair, only comb it, you are set there, too.
Dandruff is the result of scalp irritation. The softer, rounded teeth of a wooden comb won't nick and cut the scalp or ill-distribute the oils on the scalp and hair, hence less chance of dandruff.
While you gently comb your hair with wood, dirt and foreign particles are brushed away from the hair. Metal and plastic combs with their high-static charge, allow dirt to stick to them and distribute the dirt over the hair.
Wooden combs are strong and durable, often made of bamboo which is very renewable. The teeth rarely break and they are recyclable if they do ever get damaged (hey Fido, leave that comb alone).
No matter what your hair type is, wooden combs are like mothers that care for your hair. They treat gently and support overall hair health for all the reasons mentioned above (and likely more).
Keep your wooden comb clean by removing any hair from your comb after using, and remember to store your it on a dry surface or inside a dry cabinet or drawer. Over time, water can destroy the health of wood and bathrooms can be one of the most humid rooms. We like to keep ours inside of our bag alongside our other style tools: a CharlieCurls heatless curler and our fine continuous (refillable) mister to which we like to add just a few drops of lavender and eucalyptus essential oil into the water.
For the occasional upkeep and maintenance of your wood comb, try rubbing linseed, flaxseed or coconut oil onto it and let sit for half an hour until the oil has soaked into the wood. Then gently wipe with a soft cloth.
Want more natural and organic hair care tips to help you keep your locks luscious and healthy now and long-term? Check out our blog for discussions of important questions like How Often Should I Wash My Hair?, 3 Surprising Facts About Hair and many others to help you achieve your healthiest hair now, and for the long run.