Less plastic = less frizz

Less plastic = less frizz

When you were a kid, did you ever rub your head with a balloon to build static electricity? I could make my hair stand up on end. Then, I could stick the balloon to a wall and let it hang. Magic! Plastic combs and brushes aren’t quite as dramatic, but they still make hair frizzy.

I had a nice, plastic hairbrush that was wide and flat. It was a pretty gold color. And then I lost it traveling somewhere, possibly in the bag of belongings that I vaguely recall setting down to unlock my car. It seemed like such a silly way to lose a hairbrush that I didn’t feel like it was worth purchasing a new one. I decided to make do with my wide-tooth plastic comb.

This worked well, and I learned that I didn’t need the numerous bristles of a proper brush.

I used the plastic comb for a couple years before the paint started to wear away. This didn’t seem to be good for the environment. Is it possible to recycle combs? On a whim, I purchased a bamboo comb from my grocery store and immediately noticed a difference: my hair was less frizzy. I hadn’t paid attention to this before, but after detangling my hair with a wooden comb, my hair didn’t stand up at the ends. The flyaways finally laid flat.

wooden comb

I’ve only used my bamboo comb since then. It’s lightweight and does everything that a normal comb should. Like most wood, it becomes dry over time and risks splintering or becoming rough. I put a light coating of oil (either coconut or jojoba) on it every so often to keep the wood hydrated. I never understood the purpose of a wooden comb, but now it’s now a part of my minimalist hair routine.