You open the package and there it lies: your new beard comb. You've waited a few days to get it and its finally here. You examine it. You study it. You feel it. Then the moment comes; the first time your beard feels its fingers; gently sliding through your beard.
It is a great first experience, but after a few weeks, you feel you might need to clean it. It may look a little dirty, so the first thing you do is probably the worst... using water to clean it up. Let's take a second to give you a few tips on cleaning, caring and storing your wooden beard comb.
Oil over water.
Our stance on cleaning your wooden comb is simple: if you are going to clean it, clean it with oil. Cleaning your wood comb with water can cause (over time) cracking in the wood, splintering or worse; rough edges and teeth. You want your comb to remain as smooth as can be so it will continue to glide through your beard with ease rather than constantly tugging and pulling your beard hairs out.
Using oil to clean your wooden comb will not only continue to condition and revitalize your comb, but it will help clean off all the gunk and dirtiness that gets trapped in your beard throughout the day. Your wooden beard comb can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
Here are a few steps to make sure your wooden beard comb lasts:
- When you first get your new wood comb, go ahead and give it a little love by conditioning it before you use it. Simply take a little beard oil and a paper towel, and rub the oil all over the comb. You don't need to use a lot; but just enough to give it a nice sheen. Let it sit overnight to soak up the oil, wipe off the excess, then you are set to begin using it.
- Every few weeks, repeat the step above to clean your comb.
- If you have gunk or dirt between the comb's teeth, consider using an extra toothbrush to get in between the teeth. This not only removes the gunk and dirt, but it allows you to get in the tiny spaces without having to use water. Of course, rinse and clean the tooth brush after every use.
- Store your wood beard comb in a place that will not get a large amount of moisture. Typically, most beardsmen will leave their comb in the bathroom, which is one of the most moisture rich areas in the home. Find a place that shields it from the elements like a medicine cabinet, in your beard bag, or even a comb sleeve.
Now that you know how to care for your wood beard comb, go ahead and put these steps into practice. You will see the difference in how your comb performs and how long it will last you.
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