So your beard is growing and the time has come to choose a beard comb. You've had a look around and there are so many different options that your head is spinning.
We've put together this handy little guide to help you select a good beard comb.
What should I be looking for?
It's important to consider many factors when selecting a good beard comb, we've listed below the main points you should be looking at.
Cost Size Material Teeth Shape
As with anything quality comes at a cost. When choosing your new beard comb, ensure that you consider the cost. If you're being offered a comb for £5, expect the quality to match. A comb is an investment, it's something that you will be using on a daily basis for a long time, so it's worth the extra cost to have something decent. A cheap comb won't last and you'll be replacing it very quickly.
Cheap beard combs, available for as little as $0.10 in bulk
As the saying goes, "size is important". Don't be fooled by claims of "easy to carry with you", "doesn't take up much room" and "fits into your pocket" etc. The size of your beard comb is very important, if you give on the size for portability, you're going to end up regretting it and buying another comb.
A good beard comb should measure a minimum of 10cm (not including any handles).
A regrettably small key ring comb
The most preferred material for a beard comb is wood, plastic is brittle and doesn't offer the same quality as wood. Look for a beard comb that has either a polished finish or some sort of lacquer. Untreated wood can rot if exposed to too much moisture, you will be using your comb at some point with a damp beard, that's guaranteed. As for wood type, this is personal preference, it depends what you like the look of, sandalwood and peach wood are the most common but there are combs out there made from oak, padauk etc.
Horn is also a great material for a beard comb, however, these can be more expensive for little benefit over wood.
Untreated beard comb after getting wet
The most important factor that makes a good beard comb is the teeth. Wide teeth are important, beard hair is much thicker than other hair and you will struggle to pull a fine tooth comb through. You will find it gets stuck and pulls your hairs. Another very important thing to check is how the teeth are made. Bevelled teeth are very important, this will help the comb glide through your hair properly without getting caught up.
You will also need to consider the length of the teeth, short teeth are no good as they will not be able to reach the hair at the back or even the middle of your beard.
Have a look at how the teeth have been cut, you need to make sure that the teeth are smooth, not jagged and without splinters. Poorly cut teeth are the number one reason that beard hairs will snag and this can cause a lot of pain and frustration.
Beard comb with short teeth
An example of non bevelled teeth and well bevelled teeth
This is really personal preference, the most common factor to consider with shape is "handle or no handle?". There is no right answer to this, it's up to you. We prefer a handled comb as it gives you somewhere to grip while you're combing, it's as simple as that.
Once you have considered all of the above facts, you should be well enough informed to choose the right beard comb for you.
We have taken into account all of these factors with our own beard comb which you can find linked below, do feel free to have a browse and let us know what you think.