Beard Care 101:
All About Beard + Mustache Combs
What Is a Beard/Mustache Comb
A beard comb is a grooming implement designed specifically for facial hair care. It usually features medium to fine teeth that are shorter in length relative to a regular hair comb to accommodate common facial hair lengths.
A mustache comb is a grooming implement designed specifically for mustache hair care. It is usually a much smaller than a normal hair comb and a beard comb to accommodate the common length and area of a mustache and features fine teeth.
Why You Should Use a Beard or Mustache Comb
Beard and mustache combs primarily excel as a detangling and styling tool. The rigid teeth of beard and mustache combs easily penetrate even the most dense and curly facial hair. These hard teeth also give you the ability to shape your hairs precisely how and where you want them with ease.
While not as effective as a beard or mustache brush, combs help to distribute your natural oils—called sebum—throughout your beard. By distributing your body’s natural conditioner in your facial hair, your beard or mustache is strengthened against breakage and the onslaught of outdoor elements. The oils even impart a natural, healthy shine.
Lastly, beard combs and mustache combs are incredibly portable. Slip it into your jean pocket, and you’ll always be ready for some on-the-fly styling.
Who Should Use a Beard or Mustache Comb
- Anyone with a beard or mustache at least ½ inches in length
- Those who would like a more sculpted beard or mustache shape or look
- Those with unruly, tangled beards or mustaches
- Anyone who wants an incredibly portable grooming tool
How Do You Use a Beard or Mustache Comb
1. Apply beard oil, beard balm, mustache wax, or mustache balm to a freshly-cleansed and towel-dried beard or mustache.
2. Run comb from the roots to the tips to distribute product evenly throughout your beard or mustache.
PRO-TIP: If your grooming tool has both medium and fine teeth, start with the wider-toothed side then finish with the fine teeth. This ensures your beard or mustache appears thicker.
Most of the beard and mustache combs on the market today are constructed via injection molds. This method results in comb teeth with sharp points and rough burrs that will irritate your skin, damage your hair cuticles, and tug facial hair. What’s more, many companies are still using petroleum-based plastic to construct their combs. This material allows for the buildup of static and makes for a truly unpleasant grooming experience.
We love our facial hair, so we designed beard and mustache combs to keep them looking good and feeling healthy. Many of our combs are saw-cut and polished by hand. Each tooth is cut by special circular saws, profiled, beveled and hand-polished on pumice wheels to ensure perfect hair penetration scalp without scratching the scalp or snagging hairs. Every tip is also rounded to massage—rather than scratch—the skin beneath your beard or mustache. Rather than using petroleum-based plastic, Zeus beard and mustache combs are crafted using materials like natural buffalo horn and cellulose acetate—two of the most premium comb materials that promote healthy and enjoyable grooming. Our genuine horn and cellulose acetate combs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so that you can find the most effective comb to tame your beard and mustache.
Q. Is it possible to comb my beard too much?
A. Yes, it is possible to comb your beard or mustache too much. Your skin and hair can take only so much abrasion before getting damaged so limit each section or your beard or mustache to 6-8 strokes per grooming session.
Q. What are the differences between cellulose acetate and genuine horn combs?
A. Cellulose acetate and genuine horn are two of the best—if not THE best—materials for use in a comb. They are both static-free and are commonly saw-cut and polished by hand for a smooth and optimal finish. You really can’t go wrong with either material. Here are some characteristics of both materials to help you better make a well-informed decision:
Cellulose acetate is much more durable and is better suited for your jeans’ pockets than a horn comb. Horn combs are prone to breaking from severe impact.
Genuine horn features a beautiful grain that is unique to the comb in your possession. It is quite literally one of its kind. By comparison, cellulose acetate is a bit homogenous despite its attractive tortoiseshell or amber patterning.
Horn also contains keratin which reduces static electricity, increases smoothness and allows natural oils of the hair to remain on the follicle in turn promoting shine. Given its organic composition, you must make sure to keep your horn comb away from water and also oil monthly to prevent it from going brittle.
Q. I already brush my beard daily. Do I still need to comb my beard?
A. Yes and no. If you want a more styled and shaped look, you’ll want to follow up your brushing with a comb to style it. Due to the comb’s stiff teeth, a beard or mustache comb is the most effective tool and man-handling your facial hair to the way you want.
If you want a natural look, a beard or mustache brush is all you really need thanks to its myriad benefits to your skin and facial hair health.