BONE COMBS- A WELL KEPT SECRET
Many years ago, combs were made of bone, antelope horn, and even elephant tusk. These materials were hard and smooth, and when carved and polished made beautiful combs. They were inherently anti-static and heat resistant. They would last a hairdresser a lifetime, and were a prized possession.
Considerable labor went into making each comb. Once the right material was found, the overall shape of the comb was carved. Then each tooth was carved, filed and sanded. Then the comb was sanded and polished over and over again to make it exceptionally smooth. Combs were so finely finished that a strand of hair would rarely snag or rip.
When animal materials were banned, hairdressers were desperate to find a suitable substitute for these combs, as they were the best that could be found. After some time, a new material was formulated from 100% organic material called phenolic resin laminate. This material is hard and smooth just like bone, and can be hand carved, sanded and polished to imitate all the unique features of Bone combs. They are also inherently anti-static, and can be used with hot implements (even Marcel irons) without fear of damage.
Some companies have hesitated to use the word Bone to name these combs, as they are not really made of bone anymore. Tricky spelling is one way that companies let hairdressers know “Yes! These are the combs you are looking for!” Bone is spelled in a variety of ways: bohn, boan, etc.
Their rich caramel color also makes Bone combs easily identified. They age beautifully, and will turn to almost a dark mahogany colour over time. When wet, they also have a unique fragrance. (Careful here…some sneaky manufacturers are making plastic combs of the same color, and calling them “Bone” combs. You’ll know the fakes, they are usually about .99p and are very flexible.)
Since each comb is made by hand, it takes considerable time to craft. Over the past two decades, there has been considerable demand for them, but not much availability.
Luckily, a manufacturer has made a commitment to make these combs widely available. We feel that everyone should have the opportunity to own these exquisite combs. They are expensive as combs go, but any hairdresser who uses Bone combs knows they are worth every penny you pay for them.
(Due to the Hygienic nature of this product no returns allowed)
Posted by Kristin Warry on 14th Apr 2017
This comb does get through my knots really well. Unfortunately during manufacture, some of the times were thinned too much so a few are very pointy. I have had to file them down so as to not keep scratching my head!
Posted by curly jojo on 19th Feb 2015
Great strrong comb! Great for using with straightener as straightening hair as it doesn't burn.
Posted by Jade on 24th Dec 2014
Since using this comb (in conjunction with another seamless comb with wider spaced teeth), detangling my 3c/4a hair, dry, has been a largely efficient and painless process, and I have seen a massive reduction in the number of hairs that come out in the teeth. It is incredibly sturdy. I would recommend this comb to anyone.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Jun 2013
Usually combing out my dry (with some leave in conditioner) hair prior to washing can be a little difficult. However I used the Bone Comb this evening and it made combing my hair effortless. After washing my hair the comb went through my thick natural hair just as easily. One half of the Bone Comb has wide spaced teeth and the other closer spaced together but not particularly fine; both are a pleasure to use and the teeth feel lovely on my scalp. It's a pity I did not discover the Bone Comb sooner!
Posted by Unknown on 21st Mar 2013
I was introduced to Curly Emporium by my neighbour. First purchase was the bone comb. I am very pleased as it truly works on combing hair without hurting. Thanks to my neighbour and to Curly Emporium. Also delivery was efficient and informative.