Wood or Horn

That is like: Geha or Pelikan. Pepsi or Coke. Alpro or Sojade. Regarding to our recommendations, there is no better or worse. Some people are happy with a wood comb, others with a horn comb. There are advantages on both sides.

Advantages of the wooden comb


A wood comb is electrostatically neutral, has a pleasant feel in your hands and always surprises new customers with its little weight. During combing you can hear a soft wooden noise. The wood comb is vegan since they are not treated with beeswax or any other polishing agents. To buy our wood locally and also especially the careful use of the precious raw material wood is very important to us. Because of the very delicate mechanical sanding of our wood combs, it`s possible for them to slide particularly soft and gentle through your dry or wet hair. Using one will keep you pleased for years. We offer different woods like maple, apple tree, wild service tree, hornbeam, cherry tree and service tree, which gives you the possibility to choose the prettiest comb for you. It is proven that there is absolutely no electrostatic charge using wood combs. Since electrostatic charge can stress your organism, you are protecting yourself using a wood comb. Combing does well and is healthy.

Advantages of the horn comb.


Horn is the same material as our hair: Keratin. That’s why a horn comb slides through your hair almost without any resistance. If you used a horn comb once, you will always want to have that feeling back. Still, there’s a weak electrostatic charge using horn. If you are touchy about that, we recommend a wood comb. In my experience, humans with fine hair that tangles quickly, hardly notice any charge. It’s actually the opposite. It seems that it actually helps untangling the hair.

Origin of the raw material horn


There was a time when you could buy horn sheets in Hungary – well even at that time you had to be lucky to get the needed quality. Nowadays the animals are slaughtered before the keratin had enough time to grow. There’s also no European horn anymore that could be used for combs. A few years back we tried to work together with organic growers to produce combs using native horn – tiny / very small beard combs – which is indeed possible, yes. But the big effort does not add up.

But where does the horn come from now?

We use cow horn from Africa and buffalo horn from India. Our connections to the companies that send us the comb slugs that we need to make our combs, have existed for centuries. In th 19th century there were two jobs. On the one hand there was the comb maker and on the other hand there was the comb preparer. The comb maker receiving the horn plates from the comb preparer is comparable to a tanner, who turns animel skin into leather and a furrier who then buys the leather. In our family we did not learn cooking, sawing, bending open and the punching of horn and we are glad to receive high quality comb slugs from companies that have centuries of experience.

Why are the shapes of the horn combs so similar?


The shape is punched when the horn is still warm and soft. Yes, it does not seem to be very climate-neutral considering the fact that the material is first shipped in a container from Africa to Asia, being processed there and then reaches Germany. Quality is a very essential point to me. Producing the comb slugs needs as much experience as the comb making itself. I, personally, do not want to miss out on the horn comb that my father gifted me 25 years ago.

Sustainability


Yes, I can represent sustainability because I have seen wood combs that were 8, 10 or 15 years old and whose teeth became thinner and rounder through combing. That can not happen to a horn comb since horn and hair are of the same material. I´ve seen way more horn combs being inherited. They were 20 and even older than 30 years old. That´s not even rare. The only important part is that you have to oil the comb once or twice a year, so that the horn stays elastic and smooth.

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