Types of Hair Combs

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A comb is a hair tool used to tame hair. Combs are most commonly made of plastic but are also available in wood or metal. Depending on the task at hand you may use a wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, teasing comb or styling comb. Combs are universal and are found all over the world. People everywhere like to tame their tresses before stepping out.

Combs can be wood, plastic, or metal.
Combs can be wood, plastic, or metal. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Wide-Tooth Comb

Wide-tooth combs come in different shapes and sizes. The teeth are thick and generously spaced, up to 1/2 inch apart. The wide spaces allow the comb to glide through the hair. This type of comb is commonly used for detangling and fluffing hair.

A wooden wide-tooth comb detangles hair.
A wooden wide-tooth comb detangles hair. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Fine-Tooth Comb

A fine-tooth comb has thin teeth that are spaced very close together. It may have a narrow tail on one end that acts as a handle. The stylist can use the handle to part and section the hair. A fine-tooth comb is ideal for smoothing the hair for styling procedures like wet roller setting.

Smooth hair with a plastic fine-tooth comb.
Smooth hair with a plastic fine-tooth comb. (Image: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Teasing Comb

A teasing comb is similar to a fine-tooth comb in that it has fine teeth that are closely spaced. However, a teasing comb has alternating teeth that are two distinct lengths. A stylist uses a teasing comb to comb the hair toward the scalp, giving it volume and creating a teasing effect.

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hair (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Styling Comb

Styling combs have two sets of teeth on each end of the comb: fine, closely spaced teeth on one end and widely spaced teeth on the other. This comb is used to smooth and detail the hair during styling.

Styling combs have both thin and thick teeth.
Styling combs have both thin and thick teeth. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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