There are so many varieties of combs in the market place, mostly all made in plastic. Which one is more suitable for me? Which one is hurting my hair in the long term?
Hello! My name is Zell. In this article, we’re going to talk about different material of combs, their advantages, and disadvantages. I’m not sure if I’m the only weird person who has tried this but have y’all ever tried to put a plastic comb near your hair and watch the few strands of hair floats up, being attracted to the comb, like a magnet? I used to do that often when I was young. I would show this experiment to my friends and whisper to them softly, “Magicccc~”. Ok, I guess I’m the only weird person. Haha.
But don’t you find it fascinating that the comb somehow works like a magnet? Do you think it’s good or bad that the comb can perform this peculiar magic trick? Let’s find out below! :)
Here’s a little hair science, or... mostly just science, static electricity is created when two different objects rub against each other. The process causes a transference of electrons from the first object to the second. A good example of this is when we use a plastic comb to comb our hair, it produces static electricity. And as we do this every day, it causes a kind of electric charge (a very minor one) to build up on our hair. And if there is a lack of moisture in our hair, the electric charge will cause the strands to repel from another like a magnet. This is why when I place the comb near my hair, I can see the magnet effect. It also tells me that my hair is lacking moisture. However, not everybody will see the same effect. You will only see that if you use your regular plastic comb and if you have dry hair. Maybe this can be the next trend to see if you have dry hair. Haha.
The bad thing about the static electricity in the hair is that the more static electricity is produced, the more flyaway hair you will have. You might notice that there are some strands that are always sticking out no matter how much you flatten it with your hand. And after you use some water to flatten it, it doesn’t stick out anymore. That’s what I meant, water is the moisture. When the hair has moisture, the magnet effect is at a minimum level. Notice my hair tips here, if you have flyaway hair, use some water on it to gently pull it down.
That’s quite a lot on science, it might seem a little complicated but can we stop the hair from producing static electricity? Yes, we can. By changing the material of our combs and hairbrushes. Plastic combs and hairbrushes cause static electricity, which in turns leads to hair frizz (or hair flyaway), increases hair pulling because of the rough material and the jagged imperfections will increase split ends. Which is why I’m more fond of using wooden material for my combs and hairbrushes. Here are the advantages of using a wooden comb or a wooden hairbrush -
Compared to a plastic comb, the harder or more dense the wood is, the less static electricity it produces. This point instantly reduces the chance of your hair being frizzy or flyaway hair. Sometimes, the answer to all our hair problems lies in the material of your everyday hair tool. And a wooden comb is more durable too, which only requires you to change it once in a really long time, the best solution for my empty wallet. Haha.
Wooden comb, compared to a plastic comb, are more effective in distributing the natural hair oil across the hair. When the hair oil is spread to the mid-shaft and hair tip, it leaves the hair looking less greasy as it is not all accumulated at the scalp area. In addition, with the moisturizing boost from the hair oil from the scalp to the rest of the hair, chances of hair breakage and hair fall are brought down to a minimum.
Boost Blood Circulation
Mainly because of the material, the teeth from the wooden comb is rounder and smoother, which in turn promotes more combing. This helps with blood circulation. I have used combs that are really sharp and painful to comb. It hurts my scalp and I hardly comb my hair with that comb after the painful experience. With a proper wooden comb, it promotes healthier blood circulation and the hair growth process will not be affected.
In conclusion, because of my bad experience with plastic combs, with the sharp tooth bruising my scalp, I’m not very fond of using plastic combs. In addition, it causes static electricity and hair frizz. I would advise spending a little bit more money to purchase a wooden comb as it comes with the benefits as discussed above. Lastly, I wrote above that there are so many varieties of combs in the market place but mostly in plastic. Why? Because, from an economic point of view, it is cheaper to produce but it might not be the best option for our hair. Educate yourself as the answer to all your hair problems might lie in the material of your everyday hair tool. :)
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