Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Are metal brushes bad for your hair

The hair of each person is characterized by density, diameter, curl pattern, and porosity. You should match your hair type to your brush or comb to achieve the best results. If you are interested in purchasing a brush you should read my article on the best brushes for men. So if a metal brush comb snags or gets stuck in the middle of a brush stroke, your hair is most likely a thicker hair type. The hair diameter is characterized as follows: Fine, Medium, Thick and Natural.

Are metal brushes bad for your hair

Fine hair is likely to have no problems when using a standard plastic comb. By standard I am referring to a regular comb that you can purchase anywhere, nothing special. Medium to thick hair, when using a plastic comb, will experience a static build up and snagging in the middle of a brush or comb stroke if the tooth spacing is not wide enough. So if you ignore your hair type and pick any steel comb or brush you could be sabotaging your hair!

Are metal brushes bad for your hair? No, just make sure to get the brush or comb that is right for your hair type. For thicker or longer hair choose a brush or comb with a wide to medium teeth spacing. For fine hair choose a brush or comb that has thinner teeth or bristles that are a little closer together. A metal or stainless steel comb is just as comfortable and easy to use as any other comb you may have used.  Just make sure the comb you plan to purchase goes through a process to carefully finish and polish the metal comb so that all the surfaces and edges are smooth, rounded, and gentle on the scalp. This is important so the brush or comb does not catch or damage the cuticle as you brush your hair.

Why buy metal brushes and combs made from stainless steel?


Combs made from stainless steel are highly durable, extremely strong, and have superior weight and feel characteristics.  For the stainless steel combs, they usually about like a candy bar in you pocket. I like them because they feel much more substantial in hand than a plastic comb.  

I would recommend looking for a high-grade American stainless steel comb. Another good comb to look for is a Titanium comb. These are very strong and very light.

Some plastic combs look cheap, can break plus they all look alike. Most do not have much style or design to them. They are straight and that's it. It reminds me of the throw-away-commodity culture. It's cheap, does not last long and when it breaks or you are tired of it, just pitch it and get something else. Steel combs are the exact opposite. It's long lasting, has a cool design, it means something to the user and they look forward to using it.

Metal fine hair comb

Metal comb

A good fine hair comb I recommend is the Model 1 from Chicago Comb Co. From the moment it was introduced, the Chicago Comb Model 1 quickly became one of the world's most iconic combs. The world's only comb made of pure American titanium. The ultimate comb of hair, built to last a lifetime. 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) long, with medium-sized teeth (tines). Works well with virtually all types of hair. The patented design adds extra functionality to hold or hang the comb after use. Designed for everyday use, making a great pocket or travel comb. Can also be used as a beard comb by gentlemen. Model 1 Titanium is precisely laser-cut from a solid sheet of pure American titanium and then carefully finished by hand and machine in a long, multi-step process.

Metal thick hair comb


Metal comb
For thick hair I recommend the Chicago Model 5 in the awesome Red color. Chicago Comb is proud to introduce the new Vibrant Model 5 wide dental combs. Made of unbreakable stainless steel with a smooth velvety luxury finish for the most comfortable comb experience ever. Cardinal Red has a fresh, bright finish that will surely put a smile on your face every morning. Made in USA, with the iconic star logo of Chicago Comb engraved in the upper right corner and built to last a lifetime. The Short Model 5 is the perfect travel and pocket comb at 4 inches (10 cm) and is also great for styling thicker beards.

The Model 5 Chicago Comb is far superior to the cheap, "coated" base metal combs sold by many competitors. These frequently made of zinc or cheap steel that can easily rust or corrode, developing unattractive bubbles in the surface when the coating is chipped or wears away. By contrast, Chicago Comb Model 5 has both a high durability finish and an American-made stainless steel core that will never rust or corrode. You can buy with confidence, as Chicago Comb has been acclaimed as the maker of some of the finest combs in the world. Chicago Comb was featured and honored in Allure, Martha Stewart American Made (2015 Stye Finalist), Men's Journal, GQ, Monocle, and many other top publications.

Chicago Comb Co


Chicago Comb Co. is the culmination of years of thinking about art, manufacturing, and sustainable production, started by two longtime friends. Their mission is to create a grooming accessory company that redefines elegance with timeless products.

How steel combs are made




Steeltooth combs

metal steeltooth comb

Another product I recommend is combs by Nick Baker's Steeltooth combs. His story goes as follows according to his website: His hair would get snagged and it would take him forever to get ready for work in the morning. As with many folks he could not get a smooth stroke unless his hair was saturated with water, and that is not good to brush or comb wet hair due to hair is at it's weakest when wet.  Plus you don't really want to go outside with a wet head on a cold day. He was forced to keep my hair short because of this issue. I thought that if he had a comb that had teeth that were hard and smooth, it should solve the issue. So that's how he came up with his own design and Steeltooth was created.

More on Steeltooth Combs



Common brush questions


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Early influence of metal comb designs


For thousands of years, combs were made of all kinds of materials from wood, shells and even silver and aluminum.  Some of the combs which survive from that period have intricate designs and were made with great attention to detail.  Particularly notable are early 20th Century designs by Georg Jensen in Denmark.

Born in 1866, Jensen was the son of a knife grinder in the town of Raadvad just north of Copenhagen. Jensen began his goldsmithing training at the age of 14 in Copenhagen. His apprenticeship with Guldsmed Andersen ended in 1884, freeing young Georg to follow his artistic interests.

From childhood, Jensen had longed to be a sculptor, and now he pursued this course of study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated in 1892 and began to exhibit his work. Although his clay sculpture was well received, it proved difficult to make a living as a fine artist and he turned his hand to the applied arts. First as a model at the porcelain factory Bing & Gr√łndahl and, starting in 1898, he founded a small pottery workshop in partnership with Christian Petersen. Again, the work was well received, but sales were not strong enough to support Jensen, a widower at this point, and his two little sons.

He abandoned ceramics in 1901 and began again with the master, Mogens Ballin, as a silversmith and designer. This led Jensen to make a landmark decision when he risked what small capital he had in 1904 and opened his own little silversmithy at 36 Bredgade in Copenhagen.

Jensen made his first piece of jewelry in 1899, a buckle of silver and silver "Adam and Eve"

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