How to Choose a Beard Comb
Let’s face it, when looking for tools to detangle your luscious facial locks the options appear endless.
Here are a few tips to help cut a clearer path to the destination of finding the best beard comb for your needs.
No, not literally. But it's important to consider the material of the comb. Beard combs can be made out of plastic, cellulose acetate, wood, acrylics or even metal. So what’s best for a beard? That’s actually a very highly debated topic in the industry and great arguments can be made from the proponents of each material. We can get into the gory details in another post, but generally, wooden combs and cellulose acetone come out on top. I personally love wood, especially the individually handcrafted combs and wooden beard combs have some surprising benefits for the beard and skin underneath.
Know How Much Bite You Need
Combs come in all shapes and sizes, one of the biggest variables from comb to comb is the width between the teeth or “tines”. Some combs have very fine teeth and some have very wide teeth. The length of your beard will help determine what kind of tools you need. Generally, the bigger the beard, the bigger the comb.
A fine tooth comb can be better for shorter beards or mustaches. For short beards, I would also highly recommend a boar bristle brush to help train your beard and brush in beard oil and beard balm. Most men tend to shy away from fine tooth combs all together as their beards get longer, a fine tooth comb will catch and snag much easier than a comb with wider teeth.
This is probably the most commonly used comb in the beard world and the one that most men graduate to as their beard gets longer. Its wide, smooth teeth allow it to glide through the beard more gently, with far less snags. A lot of men carry wide tooth pocket combs everywhere they go for the occasional tidy up throughout the day.
Super Wide Tooth
This comb specializes in the detangling of the wildest of beards. It’s more commonly used by men with longer than average beards. Its super wide teeth cause it to be extremely effective in detailing long beard, especially when it’s wet or you have motorcycle beard. Not to mention, the super wide combs look pretty epic.
Size and Shape
The size and shape of the comb you want definitely plays a role in your decision. Do you want something that you can carry in your pocket? Leave in your truck? On the bathroom counter? Some men prefer something inconspicuous that they can have in their pocket at the ready at all times. Some prefer a larger comb for their larger beards or because they feel they have more control.
This one may not apply to everyone looking for a beard comb, but I personally value the craftsmanship very highly. I love knowing that I’m getting something that was crafted by hand, a one of a kind piece of art, functional art. The designs are literally limitless and it’s very interesting to see awesome combs that people can create.
The Price is Right!
Let’s be honest, not all of us want to spend a fortune on beard care items. It’s important to know what price you’re willing to pay for the beard comb you seek. Usually, the cheapest combs, usually made of plastic and mass produced will cost anywhere from $1.00 to $4.00. The next and most common price range is a wooden beard comb, which range from $5.00 to $10.00. These are a HUGE step up as far as quality, you definitely get what you pay for. If taken care of, most of them will last a very long time. Getting into the specialty and handcrafted combs usually made of metal, wood and various other materials that can cost anywhere from $25 to even $100 for a custom made comb.
These are some of the factors that you can consider when trying to decide what beard comb is right for you. Also remember, it is helpful to have various types of tools handy to create more versatility in your beard combing needs. Believe it or not, a lot of men end up with impressive beard comb collections of different materials, shapes, sizes and colors. The most important thing is to have fun with it!
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