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Welcome to the Wellness Guide! Today we're going to talk about a simple, yet fundamental item when it comes to ensuring that we look good: the comb.

Inexpensive, practical and functional, the comb is the best friend of untangled hair. Its function is basically to comb the hair and ensure that it looks good.

Although routine, what many people don't know is that there are different types of combs and each one is indicated for a type of hair. In the guide below we will point you to these and several other questions regarding this product.




First things first

  • Combs are items which form part of our basic personal hygiene. Their function is to untangle and divide the hair, leaving it light and loose.
  • The differences between a brush and a comb are striking: One was idealized to model the strands, and the other to untangle.
  • Before buying a comb, it is important that you know which model is the most suitable for your hair type, as there are significant variations.

Comb: Our Selection

If you think that every comb is the same, you are very wrong. To help you choose, we have selected a few models that should be strongly considered:

Buying guide

The comb is one of those items with which we are familiar from childhood. It is part of our basic personal hygiene and ensures that our hair looks good.

In the following guide, we will explain in detail all the issues surrounding this product and tell you which model is best suited to your hair type.

 Foto de um cabelereiro de boné, camiseta e luvas pretas, penteando o cabelo de um homem com um pente verde.

The main function of the comb is to untangle and ensure light and loose strands. (Source: Media/ Pexels)

Comb: What is it and what are its advantages?

The comb is probably already an old acquaintance of yours, right? It is nothing more than a personal hygiene item that contains a handle, so you can hold it firmly, and bristles, to be slid between the hair strands.

Its purpose is basically to untangle and comb the strands, so that they stay loose and organized, ensuring a good appearance and clean look.

It can be made of plastic, wood, acrylic and several other materials, and is, in general, a cheap object. Although simplistic, it is essential in our basic hygiene routine and should be used daily.

What is the difference between a comb and a brush?

The differences between a comb and a brush go beyond their structure. Each of them has a specific purpose, and we don't always remember this when using them.

The comb has only one row of bristles and therefore its function is to untangle and separate the hair. It is also essential to finish hairstyles, as well as helping the hairdresser to cut the hair.

The brush has shorter bristles, but in many rows. Its function is to model the hair and help drying or straightening process.

If, even so, you like to comb your hair using the brush, it is recommended that you first untangle the hair with the comb, as this is the safest accessory for the hair health, preventing them from breaking.

Comb Brush
Bristles Longer and distributed in a row Shorter and distributed in several rows
Function Detangle and separate the hair Modeling and assist in drying and smoothing
Price Low Low to medium

Which comb is best suited to your hair type?

Choosing the wrong comb for your hair type may result in a number of factors that you will certainly want to avoid, such as hair breakage, excessive frizz and even curl definition.

To avoid any of these situations, we recommend that you follow these tips and choose the ideal model for the desired purpose:

  • Wooden comb. Wood is an excellent static neutralizer, therefore, it reduces frizz and is a good option for any type of hair that suffers from this problem.
  • Forked comb. The fork comb is often used in curly hair, black power style. Its function is to loosen the roots and shape the hair.
  • Fine comb. Perfect to separate hair strands and help with hairstyles and cuts, especially when they are wet. They are not recommended for untangling, as their bristles are too close together, and may break the hair.
  • Wide-toothed comb. This is the most indicated for a good untangling, both in wet and dry hair. It is important to remember that the thicker your hair is, the more spaced the bristles should be.
  • Alligator comb. Wavy and curly hair tend to go great with the alligator comb, because it helps maintain the format of the curls and, at the same time, leaves the hair light and loose.
Wood Fork Fine Wide Teeth Alligator
Purpose Decrease frizz Give shape and volume Separate locks and assist in cutting and styling Detangling Keep waves and curls
Type of hair All Curly and curly All All Wavy and curly
Structure Wooden, bristles with medium spacing, resembles a fork with long bristles, short bristles and tightly packed, thick bristles and spaced It has a fold at the entrances and bristles with sharp edges

Buying criteria: how to compare combs

Now that you know a little bit more about a good hair comb, we will give you some tips on what to watch out for when buying one. Check it out:

Below, we will explain it point by point so that you don't have any doubts about it.

Bristles

The bristles are the main parts of a comb, right? And that's why it is very important that they are firm and comfortable to the scalp.

Before making your choice, make sure you have chosen the right type of comb for your hair, with bristles that will meet your needs.

Eschew the uncomfortable options and look for those that will be able to detangle and shape your hair.

Cable

Have you ever stopped to think that the handle of your comb is what gives you security and firmness when handling it? The choice of such characteristic may go a little unnoticed sometimes, but it is of extreme importance.

If possible, prefer combs with handles, and not those with only bristles, because they are less easy to handle.

Especially if you have heavy hair, it is of utmost importance that the handle of your comb is firm and stable, so that you can easily reach your desired goal.

Material

The material of your comb greatly influences the result it will guarantee your hair. The wooden or carbon fiber models, for example, reduce hair static, controlling frizz.

The plastic or acrylic ones, on the other hand, despite being cheaper, do not have static neutralization capacity and are also considered to be more prone to breakage.

Size

We are used to finding combs in traditional and larger sizes, commonly used at home, right?

Well, if you're looking for a smaller size, to carry in your purse or backpack during the day, this is also possible.

Nowadays there are many smaller combs, ideal to be carried easily from one environment to another.

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