When it comes to hair care products, most of us own a comb, but how many of us have put much time and thought into whether it is the right comb for us? Texture, volume, frequency of washing and how we manage our hair all determine the choice. To achieve and maintain a healthy head of hair it is essential to have the appropriate tools for your daily regime, so let’s have a look at what makes the ideal comb.

The Job of the Perfect Comb

Firstly, we need to determine what a comb does. It has two main functions. The first is to detangle and separate the individual hairs, allowing for the release of sebum, the stimulation of the blood vessels in the scalp and the removal of dirt and debris. The second is to help in creating your ideal style.

Why Cheap Combs are a Bad Idea

Combs that cost very little are normally made from a plastic mould and as a result they often have tiny snags on the tips and between the teeth. These have a tendency to catch and can easily break and damage the strands. Seamless combs are a much better buy. These are made from animal horn or cellulose acetate and are often hand buffed, making them lovely and smooth. Animal horn has the added advantage of not causing static. Vulcanised hard rubber is another material that is utilised to create hand-cut, shiny and smooth combs.

Extra Wide Tooth Combs

Everyone needs one of these, preferably kept in the shower. Whether your hair is short, thick, curly or long, this is the comb for tackling wet locks, and obtaining a pain-free detangle. It is also excellent for smoothing through conditioner, obtaining ideal coverage from roots to ends.

Medium Tooth Combs

These combs are spaced closer together and so will bring the hairs closer, making them suitable for everyday usage for those with fine hair. Thicker and curlier haired types can also benefit from a medium tooth comb, but they will need to go through their head of hair first with a wide tooth comb.

Fine tooth combs

As the name suggests, these have teeth that are very close together and are more likely to be used when working on the hair in sections. Backcombing combs fall into this category, for teasing the hair strands backwards to add volume. Your stylist will use a fine tooth comb when cutting your hair but unless you part and section your hair regularly, you will find you don’t really need one.

At DHI Manchester we will always be happy to advise you on the best products for your hair type and style, including finding the best comb for your hair. Contact usto get more guidance from one of our professionals.