Plastic hair brushes are more commonly used these days due to pricing and they are easy to carry around. But that's not to say they are the greatest option for your hair. Wooden hair combs have been around for centuries and they have some amazing health benefits that plastic and metal for that matter simply don't have.
Why Plastic Brushes Are Bad For Your Hair
The cheapest comb you can find in a shop will be a plastic one and there's a reason for this. They are cheap to produce and they do not last as long as other materials.
The reason why plastic is bad for your hair is that they tend to generate a lot of static electricity, especially in the winter when the air is dry. When you're combing your hair, that can cause damage to it.
Another reason is that the plastic can break and create small ridges, that can pull your hair and damage it even further.
What Are The Benefits Of Using A Wooden Comb?
Combs made from wood not only have a very pleasing craftsman like, maker quality to them, they are also much gentler and kinder to your hair. These are some of the benefits:
1. It is gentle on the hair
Just like your hair, wood have a negative electrical charge, which means a wooden comb will help your hair lay down and give it a smooth and glossy look instead of making it frizzy. Metal and plastic often tend to create tangles toward the end of the stroke but a wooden comb doesn’t. That means de-tangling is easier which will help avoid breakage and split ends.
2. It nourishes the hair
Natural oils from the scalp will be distributed more evenly throughout your hair with a wooden comb than with metal or plastic, because it the oils won't stick to wood. This will leave your hair looking and feeling less greasy.
3. It's unlikely to cause allergic reactions
Because wood is natural, it is less likely to stimulate allergies or skin conditions.
4. It stimulates the scalp
With a wooden comb you can massage your scalp without bruising or scraping the skin, which will increase blood circulation and encourage healthy oil production.
5. It encourages hair growth
Another benefit of massaging the scalp is that it encourages hair growth. So besides the amazing feeling of a scalp massage, the massaging action also stimulates the follicles to produce more hair strands, which increases hair growth and produces thicker hair.
6. It helps reduce dandruff and an itchy scalp
When avoiding scraping the scalp and evenly distributing your scalp's oils, you will naturally reduce dandruff and itchiness.
7. It removes dirt from your hair
You'd think that any old brush will remove dirt, but that's not the case. Because metal and plastic hair brushes have a high-static charge, it will allow dirt to stick to them. This dirt will then be distributed all over your hair. That doesn't really sound nice, does it? Wood on the other hand will brush the dirt out of your hair.
8. It's eco friendly
Because a wooden comb is made of well wood, it's biodegradable which in itself is eco friendly. But wood tends to last a very long time too making it a perfect addition to your zero waste and plastic free lifestyle.
9. It's suitable for everyone
Everyone with hair on their heads can use a wooden comb for the benefits to their hair and scalp health and the environment as mentioned above. So are you ready to make a switch?
Wooden Hair Comb
A handmade wooden hair comb made in the U.K. from local sustainably sourced sycamore wood.
Effective and gentle on the hair, it is a neater alternative to a brush to carry in a bag or pocket.
With a hand carved heart motif and hand braided linen cord it makes for a beautiful gift for your eco conscious loved one.
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