Brushing or combing your hair in a wrong way can be one of the biggest reasons for damaged hair and breakage. An important aspect of the right detangling method is the material of your brush or comb. I personally am a big fan of wooden hair tools, so today I want to present 8 reasons for using a wooden hairbrush or comb.
1. Less damage
Wood is a so-called “hair-friendly” material. If you use a high-quality wooden brush or comb, they will be smoothened to perfection. This again means fewer chances for your hair to get caught up in the brush, tangle, and break.
When I changed from my plastic brush to my beloved wooden horn comb, I saw a decrease in hair breakage very quickly.
2. The wooden bristles massage your scalp
Are you someone who enjoys scalp massages? (Seriously, does anyone NOT?) Let me tell you that using a wooden hair instrument feels like you are getting a gentle massage. And what’s even better is that it’s literally in your hand which spots get massaged longer.
Because the bristles of wooden brushes and combs will usually have rounded tips, the impact on the scalp is much nicer than that of a plastic brush. Which brings me to my next benefit of using a wooden brush or comb.
3. No scalp scratching
Unlike plastic bristles, wooden ones have rounded tips and are more scalp-friendly. When you use a wooden brush, you don’t need to worry about scratching your scalp. This is especially important if you are dealing with a dry scalp or some other kind of irritation.
4. No more static hair
Do you know that feeling when you try to smoothen your hair out with a brush and instead you end up having enough static to charge a football stadium? Yeah, I’ve been there.
This is not going to happen to you with wooden brushes. Honestly, as someone who used to get static every day, this alone was reason enough to change to a wooden comb.
5. Distribution of sebum
Does anyone remember that ad with “oily scalp and dry tips”? That phenomenon comes from your sebum not being distributed properly but instead staying on your scalp. And the tips, at the same time, lack some of that natural hair care oil your body is producing.
Brushing or combing your hair with a wooden hair tool will help a great deal with this. It will gently distribute the sebum and thereby naturally nourish your hair.
6. Eco-friendly material
We all know that plastic is one of the worst things for our environment. It’s not biodegradable and adds significantly to pollution.
Wood, on the other hand, is a natural material. Make sure that it’s sustainably sourced* and you can use it with an absolutely clean, green conscience.
7. Works for all hair types
Like I said above, wood is a hair-friendly material. No matter if you have straight, curly, thick or thinning hair.
The only thing you want to consider depending on hair type is the shape. For curly hair, I don’t recommend a wooden hairbrush. Instead, use a comb, ideally a wide-toothed one*.
If you have straight hair that tends to get oily fast, you will benefit more from a wooden bristle brush*.
8. Low maintenance
Okay, I am a little biased regarding this reason for using a wooden hairbrush or comb. Wooden hair tools can be very low maintenance. But only if you are using a natural hair care regimen and healthy hair products, like hair oils.
As wood has many shared properties with hair, your hair care products can help maintain your wooden brush or comb as well. I need to remember oiling my wooden table every few months. My wooden comb gets oiled automatically when I comb my freshly oiled hair. No extra effort needed.
How to clean your wooden brush or comb
Cleaning your hair tools can be a difficult thing, no matter the material. If you are using a wooden brush or comb, dropping them in hot water and scrubbing doesn’t work. It will damage the material. So how can you clean them?
Cleaning a wooden comb
To clean your wooden comb, you can simply wet some kitchen towel. Fold it, so that it fits between the teeth and slide it along them. The dirt will stick to the paper, leaving you with an all shiny, clean comb.
Another option is to use Q-tips. For my wooden comb, they fit exactly between the teeth.
Cleaning a wooden brush
For a wooden brush, this paper trick will probably not work so well. So instead you could use an old toothbrush. (Yes, I admit, I have a toothbrush only for cleaning hair tools.)
First, pull out all the loose hairs that are tangled in the brush. And then slightly wet the toothbrush and start scrubbing the wooden bristles.
You could even use a little of the shampoo you usually use for your hair. Just make sure the water you use for rinsing it off is not too hot. And properly dry the wooden brush afterward.
Are you convinced by my reasons for using a wooden brush?
So now, after reading through all of this, are you convinced? Will you be using a wooden brush or comb in the future? Or have you been doing that all along and know of even more benefits? Let me know in the comments!
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