Top 10 Best Beard Combs: How To Comb Your Beard & The Best Materials
Top 10 Best Beard Combs: How To Comb Your Beard & The Best MaterialsCharles-Philippe2020-04-22T13:18:58-04:00
Beard combs don’t just offer better precision than beard brushes but they also dig deeper into your facial hair to untangle any knots. In this guide, you will discover the top 10 best beard combs to buy online:
Of course, Kent’s set isn’t a single versatile beard comb per se. However, having this in your drawer will cover all of your needs. In this set you will find a long comb with wide and fine teeth as well as a fine-toothed pocket beard comb. Furthermore, it comes with a handy moustache comb for precision finishes.
Kent have been manufacturing combs since 1777 and with such a long lineage comes an inherent savoir-faire. The combs are made from high-quality cellulose acetate and each tooth is machine cut by special circular saws. The material is lightweight whilst strong and resistant to regular use.
The teeth are then profiled, bevelled and hand-polished. This ensures that the teeth are fine enough to penetrate even the coarsest hair but smooth enough to only massage and not irritate the skin. Furthermore, each tooth features a saw-cut impression, which extracts dust from hair whilst encouraging the release of natural oils.
Horn is one of the most durable and appropriate natural materials for combs. Therefore, Zeus’ buffalo horn beard comb offers almost limitless durability if well-maintained. Its rugged design is particularly appealing with a hand-made style finish between the teeth.
Although the beard comb only features medium-width teeth, it’s a great option for full beards. In addition, the teeth are polished so you can expect a smooth combing experience.
Furthermore, horn contains keratin, a natural protein that adds shine and protects beards by closing off the cuticle. Horn isn’t sensitive to water so it can be used after a shower and easily washed under the tap.
Unlike the Huntsman, Zeus comes with a genuine leather sheath, which is a luxurious attention to detail. Given that Zeus is made solely with animal byproducts, it may not be an ideal choice for vegans. However, it does provide second-to-none quality among its peers.
Finally, although it may be one of the higher-end beard combs, it’s surprisingly good value. Indeed, it’s the most expensive beard comb on the list and fetches for just over $20 on Amazon. Nevertheless, you will unlikely be disappointed by its quality.
Although Baxter is based in the USA, its beard combs are handcrafted in Switzerland. Like the Kent beard combs mentioned above, they use a similar cellulose acetate. However, it’s made through a detailed 12-step process, which results in smoothly bevelled teeth and softened tips.
Therefore, the combing experience is a smooth and enjoyable one with Baxter’s product. The teeth come with two widths, which means it’s a versatile choice. As cellulose acetate is a durable synthetic material, you won’t have to worry about it breaking. It’s also very easy to wash and isn’t sensitive to water or heat. Consequently, it can be used right after a shower and when blow-drying.
Furthermore, it’s very small and can be carried in your pocket. Despite its micro size, it’ll fit comfortably in larger hands while remaining quite usable.
The finish is particularly reminiscent of old-school barbershop combs, which isn’t surprising given that Baxter of California was founded back in 1965. It’s a durable option with a retro feel and although may be around $18 on Amazon, it’s a worthwhile investment that will last.
Unlike most metal beard combs, the teeth are finely machine-cut, which means that they won’t break the hairs or irritate the skin. Go-Comb’s novel little gadget is nothing short of impressive. At just over 1mm thick with a honeycomb structure, it’s exceedingly lightweight yet surprisingly strong.
In short, the beard comb is the same thickness as a credit card and slightly smaller, which means it slips easily into any wallet. Furthermore, with its sturdy build, there’s no worry for bending or breaking it.
Although it may not be as versatile as most beard combs with but one set of teeth widths, the Go-Comb is very convenient and more portable than folding pocket combs. The teeth are a nice length too, which means they can penetrate even the thickest full beards.
In addition, the in-built bottle opener may be something of a gimmick for some, but it’s a great tool for picnics, barbecues and parties. Finally, at just around $15 on Amazon, it can be a great complement to any beard enthusiast’s arsenal.
In our beard brush guide, we mentioned how we’re not particularly fond of kits when buying toiletries. Typically, you’re given the impression of a convenient and good deal. However, most of the time the majority of products that have been bundled together are quite mediocre.
However, Viking Revolution pairs together its excellent sandalwood beard comb with a decent quality natural boar bristle brush. Between the two of these, you should have everything that you need.
Our only qualm would be that the scissors aren’t all that good and feel like a symbolic addition to the set. The blades are very short and are only suitable for very minute touch-ups. For superior scissors, check out our full beard scissors guide. Nevertheless, the wooden beard comb and its brush are a great pair on their own and very cheap too.
If you’d prefer just buying a single sandalwood beard comb, we’d recommend this one by Rocky Mountain. It’s more-or-less identical except we feel like it’s slightly superior to the Viking Revolution in terms of construction.
Otherwise, they’re the same size and feature wide and narrow teeth on each side. The wide teeth allow you to easily apply and massage balm or beard oil into your beard. Meanwhile, the fine teeth are useful for sculpting your beard into its desired shape.
As we explain below, sandalwood beard combs tend to lose their fragrance after a while. You can simply overcome this by sealing the beard comb in a bag or box with something like pipe tobacco. After a few days, the tobacco will impart its scent onto the comb!
We’ve recently been hearing more about carbon fibre beard combs as they’ve been growing in popularity. Many argue that they’re superior to cellulose acetate as they’re not made from plastic.
Indeed, they’re heat and static resistant unlike a plastic comb. Otherwise, we’ll let you be the judge of whether it’s truly better! Nevertheless, this US-made beard comb by Chicago Comb Co is very light and easy to use with comfortable yet wide teeth.
This sandalwood beard comb by Striking Viking is very much like the ones by Viking Revolution and Rocky Mountains. You may have even noticed that both sandalwood and Vikings are a popular combination in beard grooming marketing.
Nevertheless, Striking Viking has been around since 2015 and we’ve only heard good things about the brand. Otherwise, this is an alternative brand for what could be described as the same wooden beard comb, which features both narrow and wide teeth on each side.
If you weren’t fond of the metal Go-Comb for travelling, Striking Viking has made an excellent alternative! In fact, we strongly considered featuring it further up this list. The only reason that we reconsidered it as that the Go-Comb can fit into your wallet while this is yet another thing to carry in your pocket!
Nevertheless, it’s a fantastic beard comb that’s quite convenient if you’re travelling or want to frequently touch-up your beard. It features medium-width teeth, which is versatile and good enough to use in a pinch.
Now, here’s a weird one and admittedly we wouldn’t normally feature a plastic beard comb. Nevertheless, we confess that we were quite curious about this novel gizmo.
Its distinctive shape is meant to help you with your contours by providing you with a template for shaving your cheekline. If you don’t know what this is, just head to our beard trimming guide and it’ll explain it in detail.
We gave it a try and although it was awkward at first, we found that it worked quite well overall. If you’re somebody who frequently messes up their cheeklines, it might be a useful tool to have.
Otherwise, we wouldn’t rate the beard comb attachments. While they do work, the whole device is too big to use effectively. That being said, they can be helpful if you just need a move a few stray hairs while you’re trimming.
Why Do You Need A Beard Comb?
Although beard brushes are usually covered at great lengths, beard combs tend to take a back seat. Nevertheless, combs are tools that are just as important for beard care and especially for those with longer beards.
You’ll often hear about beard brushes and how they’re fundamental for healthy beard growth. While this is certainly true, combs are an equal necessity for more mature beards. After three of four months of growth, a brush on its own may struggle in taming a particularly luscious mane.
Longer beards risk developing knots and tangling over time in areas that are hard to reach. Therefore, combs are necessary to complement a man’s arsenal. Furthermore, combs are versatile tools that can be used for styling long beards after a shower.
Unlike brushes, they can be used on damp hair or even when blow drying a beard. This is an ideal solution for straightening curling hairs in the morning. After all, bed hair even affects beards!
Beard combs often come with two sets of teeth, which are wide and narrow. This renders them quite versatile as the wide teeth are used for maintenance and untangling knots. Conversely, the fine teeth are best reserved for precision styling and the moustache.
In addition, a beard comb is extremely handy when it comes to trimming your long beard. Whether you’re looking to style it, tame it or even reduce the length, a beard comb offers extra precision when used with scissors.
Finally, beard combs are a great portable solution. They often come with leather wallets or sheaths to keep them clean from dust. Alternatively, they’re often thin enough to slip into your wallet.
Will Combing My Beard Make It Grow Faster?
Unfortunately, combing your beard won’t make it grow faster. That said, a beard becomes much more healthy through the regular stimulation from combing.
Moreover, you can break your beard in and force it to grow in a particular direction through regular combing. Men with curly or frizzy beards can rejoice at this news. Combing a long beard when blow-drying is particularly effective for straightening it. Over time your beard will become straight through frequent brushing and appear considerably thicker and longer.
Can I Use A Plastic Comb For My Beard?
Although plastic combs are cheap, they can put your beard’s very life at risk. A plastic comb is usually made through injection moulding or stamp pressing. As presses or moulds are made using two pieces of metal that clamp together, it often creates small seams along the comb’s spine and teeth.
The problem with this is that the seams are quite sharp and when they wear, they can even become serrated. This eventually cuts into the beard and skin, which can cause irritation and break the hair.
Conversely, metal combs, which look quite visually appealing, are usually unfinished. The teeth are often machine-cut in a way that causes them to harm the beard and skin just like the plastic combs mentioned above. Furthermore, they’re not anti-static and can even cause your beard to frizz.
Best Beard Comb Materials
As mentioned above, plastic isn’t a beard comb material that we recommend due to the way it wears with time in a way that can damage your hair and skin. Meanwhile, wood, cellulose acetate, and natural horn offer their own unique benefits.
Cellulose Acetate Comb Benefits
We wouldn’t say that cellulose acetate is the material for the best beard combs but it’s certainly the most popular as it tends to be quite cheap.
Cellulose acetate combs provide excellent results for facial hair. Indeed, cellulose acetate is a modified polymer derived from cotton and tree pulp cellulose. In theory, it’s a natural product. However, the process renders it synthetic by definition as it’s ultimately a type of plastic.
Before cellulose acetate was discovered, vulcanised rubber was a popular material. However, it’s very rare to find today.
When saw-cut and polished, cellulose acetate is smooth with a glossy appearance and doesn’t have any visible seams. Furthermore, it’s anti-static so it doesn’t cause your hairs to stand on end when combed. Since they don’t absorb beard oil, cellulose acetate combs are easier to clean than wood. Similarly, they’re a more vegan-friendly option than horn.
Finally, another benefit is that cellulose doesn’t cause allergic reactions and is also quite cheap to produce. Unlike more artificial plastics, cellulose acetate contains no toxic chemicals like formaldehyde.
Natural Beard Horn Comb Benefits
Similarly, natural horn offers excellent quality with a smooth, natural finish, which is second to none. Natural horn is a precious material, which means that it’s often more expensive. However, as a hardened natural material, it’s also very hard-wearing.
Additionally, natural horn has unique properties in that it can function as a membrane. Consequently, it is able to partially absorb your natural oils as well as those used in your beard balm. This helps in evenly distributing the oils in your facial hair follicles.
Although we’d argue that the best beard combs are made from natural horn, we realise that this may not suit everyone. Not only are they expensive beard combs but they’re not a vegan friendly option either.
Wooden Beard Comb Benefits
Finally, wooden beard combs are very common but vary in quality. Poorly made and untreated wooden combs can dry out easily after being wet, which causes them to splinter or even rot. Splintered beard combs can irritate the skin or damage your beard. Similarly, they may even break when confronting tough knots.
However, a good quality wooden beard comb offers excellent value and a very comfortable combing experience. Furthermore, wood is natural substance and absorbs oils. Like natural horn, it can evenly distribute the natural and beard oil into the beard.
This natural characteristic also means that you can scent a wooden beard comb. For instance, you can leave it in a bag of pipe tobacco for a few days, which imparts the fragrance. Afterwards, it can also scent your beard!
Unlike beard brushes, beard combs are best used on damp hair. The perfect time to comb your beard is right after a shower. This is because the beard will be softer and pliable. You will find it easier to untangle any knots and style the beard properly. You can also use the beard comb while blow-drying to style your beard in a particular way and make sure it keeps its shape.
Using the wide teeth, gently comb from the neckline towards your jawline.
If you have a thick beard, comb out in layers for a fuller result.
If you hit a knot or snag, pull the comb out and gently start again.
Comb downwards from your sideburns and cheek line in long, gentle strokes.
Finally, use the narrow teeth on the moustache to brush from the centre towards the sides.
Remember not to comb hard and fast or force your beard through knots as that may pull the hairs out. Furthermore, snags aren’t always knots but just hair growing in the wrong direction. By pulling out and going in again, you’ll avoid irritating your skin.
Finally, remember that combing from the neckline towards the jawbone should be done in layers. This ensures that the hairs stack on another and don’t bunch up. The result is a lush and full beard that is vertical when brushed downwards from the front.
How To Clean A Beard Comb
Firstly, be sure to look after your combs. Although they may seem quite sturdy, they can suffer when put through rough conditions. A good beard comb can last generations. However, it may fall apart in years if neglected.
Natural combs must be kept in a dry place. Given that a bathroom can get pretty humid, a drawer or cabinet should keep it well enough away from water. Furthermore, if your beard comb contains any synthetic materials, keep it somewhere away from the light. UV light breaks down plastics and rubber and causes them to become brittle or perish.
Combs often come in protective cases. Therefore, be sure to use this to avoid the teeth becoming bent or broken.
Consider cleaning your combs regularly to prevent the build-up of grease and dirty oil. Furthermore, if your beard comb is made of a natural material like wood or horn, it will preserve it for longer. For horn, rubber and plastics, a quick rub down with shampoo under the tap should be sufficient. A used toothbrush will help you get to those hard-to-reach spots.
How To Clean A Wooden Comb
If you have a wooden comb, it will need some extra attention. Wood is a natural material that absorbs oils and odours. Therefore, it will absorb a lot of grime, sebum and dirt over time. If your beard comb is unvarnished or untreated, it’s likely to dry, splinter and break over time if left untreated.
Add a dab of shampoo to a small bowl of lukewarm water.
Rub the comb down using a cloth with the shampoo solution.
Use an old, soft toothbrush to gently scrub away grim between the teeth.
Dry down the beard comb with a clean towel.
Generously rub a natural oil into the comb’s spine and teeth.
Use only a natural and edible oil (olive, jojoba, coconut) as the comb contacts the skin.
Leave to air dry naturally.
Furthermore, don’t forget that untreated wood is very sensitive to water. Don’t immerse the wood in water like under a tap or in the bowl of shampoo solution.
Some people recommend leaving the beard comb in a zip lock bag when drying. In this instance, remember that wood absorbs odours. Therefore, you can leave something fragrant in there to perfume the wood. For example, essential oils, herbs or even pipe tobacco can add a scent to your beard comb. Consequently, your beard will smell fantastic.
Finally, if you’ve read about the best beard combs but don’t yet have a brush, we highly recommend that you read our full guide on beard brushes. Beard brushes are the fundamental basis of beard care and should even be your first investment before a comb! Otherwise, check out some of our related guides below: