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Japanese Hair Cleansing Tsuge Wood Comb

  • Handle (shown on bottom) slides on and off.
  • Dual row. It's like having two combs.
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  • Narrow gaps in front, wide gaps in back
for 'scooping' dirt, dandruff and other particles off hair
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  • Comes with case. Patterns vary based on availability.
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Traditional Japanese "Sukigushi" for Cleaning Hair and Reducing Washes

Handcrafted to Exacting Precision From Tsuge (Boxwood)

Cleans, buffs and beautifies hair as you comb, the way Japanese have done for centuries.  Fine-pitch comb for 'scooping' dirt, dandruff and other particles off hair.

japanese lady combing hair with tsuge comb

Ideal for those who wish to minimize washing hair, don't have time for a leisurely hair wash, or to take on campings and trips where access to showering is limited.  Also, great alternative to dry shampoos and foams.

The smooth, seamless teeth glide effortlessly through hair — without snagging and causing breakage, and without scraping scalp.

If you use Camellia oil, this comb will save you money since you get much more even and better coverage by using less oil.

Anti-Static

Reduces frizz, since wood does not generate static electricity (which synthetic combs do). Works with your hair, rather than against it.

Polished, Seamless Teeth Inhibit Hair Damage & Split-ends

Polished teeth caress hair instead of fighting it. Teeth are seamless and smooth all around, unlike plastic combs with rough lines in between teeth (left from the molding process) which snag and damage hair.

How to Use Your Sukigushi to Cleanse Hair

Sukigushi in Japanese means "scooping comb", because the teeth are shaped like a scoop to cleanse hair.

Sukigushi Japanese Tsuge Wood Comb

The comb has a front and a back side — the teeth have narrow gaps in the front, and wide gaps in the back (the front side has a mark).

You comb at with the front side facing roots of your hair, and comb down towards the hair ends (see picture in gallery). The combing action scoops dirt, dandruff and and other particles, which get trapped in the comb and off hair.

The comb has two identical rows, one on top and another on bottom, with a handle which slides on and off each row for ease of gripping. It's like having two combs!

Micro Pores Help Bring Out Hair's Natural Beauty and Shine

Maintains optimal and balanced levels of moisture and oil throughout your hair, promoting natural shine and gloss. In contrast to plastic, wood teeth have microscopic pores which pick up and re-distribute scalp's natural sebum and any oil you apply — in a thin, even layer throughout hair.

Overall Size — 9.8 cm Long by 5.3 cm Wide 
Teeth — 1.2 mm Pitch.  1.9 cm Long
Material   Aged Tsuge Boxwood
Pre-soaked with Camellia oil and ready to use
Handcrafted in Japan
Comes with case and 5ml Camellia oil

About Tsuge

Tsuge, also known as boxwood, is one of the densest, hardest types of wood. This is one reason why Tsuge combs can be crafted to such high polish and finish.

Most other hard woods are brittle, which makes them vulnerable to shattering. Tsuge is notable in the sense that its extreme hardness is combined with its remarkable flexibility.

The Process

Boxwood is a small tree, which grows extremely slowly. This is one reason why it is so dense. The wood is harvested from trees which are at least 35 years old, cleaned and fumigated, and undergo a long drying process in special warehouses for at least 10 years. After that, pieces with best wood grain are carefully selected for handcrafting — undergoing multiple steps involving rough-shaping, carving, polishing and soaking with Camellia oil.  

How to Care for Your Comb

5ml Aya Japanese Camellia (Tsubaki) oil

With proper care, Tsuge combs last for years and years, and get softer and more polished with time. The wood becomes naturally darker and richer in color. Tsuge combs render their best performance when regularly cleaned with Camellia oil.

  • Use a soft toothbrush and a few drops of Camellia oil to clean your comb. Wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Keep your comb protected in your purse or your vanity drawer, as you would your high quality accessories.

Every comb comes with a 5 ml bottle of our best Camellia oil.

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Product Reviews

  1. Amazing comb!

    Posted by TP on 16th Mar 2016

    It's my first tsuge wood comb. I was very sceptical about it and the price is pretty high. But after using it a week or so i noticed how wonderful straight and healthy my problematic hair is now!!! I am happy to have it now!!
    I have had earlier some wood combs, but no comparisson at all with this tsuge comb!! Thank YOU Wawaza!! You make us happy with your perfect professional competent and frieldy service!! And of course with your first-class products!


  2. Amazing comb with fine craftmanship!

    Posted by Rebecca on 16th Sep 2015

    I ADORE Wawaza products--so much so that I think I practically ordered the whole store in the span of the first week I discovered the site (seriously). This Tsuge comb is one of the products I ordered, and it's amazing. I have extremely fine, straight hair that was suffering from high-volume hairloss due to a severe vitamin deficiency. Using this comb is the only way I can go more than a day between washes, and it's improved the condition of my hair. Between this comb, the Aya oil and the Funori powder, I am seeing a massive reduction in hairfall--which is a big deal for me, since I didn't have that much to lose in the first place.

    I cannot praise this company and their products enough--I shop online all the time for all sorts of things, and I have honestly never experienced as high a level of customer service and honesty about product performance as I have from Wawaza. Every product does exactly what they say it does, and when you factor in their careful packaging, reasonable prices, fast shipping and follow-through, you cannot go wrong! I'm so happy with my new traditional Japanese beauty regime and am seeing immediate results. Arigato, Wawaza staff--you have gained a lifetime customer!


  3. Best Hair Comb Ever!

    Posted by b0hemian on 19th Apr 2015

    This is my first Tsuge comb. I discussed it with my mother before buying it and I’m glad that I did. I endure seborrheic dermatitis and am detoxing right now. There are times when my condition affects my scalp so much that it’s painful, but for the most part it is an annoying condition. I have used different hair tools to help remove the excess sebum and overproduction of skin flakes, but this cleansing comb, after its first use, is the only successful tool I’ve come across. The style of the comb is easy to hold and use with the handle; the teeth reach all the way to my scalp through my thick hair (Native American and Japanese hair) and literally remove all debris. My hair is very short (pixie length) and I didn’t realize how much oil and hair products (pre-blow dryer cream + dry shampoo for body + finishing hair spray) accumulated on my scalp and hair cuticle. (I purchased the seaweed cleanser/conditioner in hopes of removing the need for styling products.) The cleansing comb removed all the debris and evenly distributed my own hair oil so that I didn’t need to apply hair oil the next day. The maintenance is simple with the sample camellia oil and my own soft toothbrush. The comb case is a bonus and very beautiful. When my mother moved to the USA, she had to leave behind everything, including her beloved tsuge comb. Now that I’ve found this company, I’ll be buying the sakura combs (tokigushi and the tail comb) for her to use. I can see that my comb will outlast my life. I opted for express mail and WOW it arrived FAST to my door! There were no hidden damages from in-transit shipping and I was able to track my shipment from start to finish. Thank you for a wonderful product, you’ve gained another loyal customer!


  4. even better than expected

    Posted by Kathrin on 12th Jan 2014

    My light brown hair is thigh-long and so I wondered if this special comb is the right choice. But I was just so curious about it after reading the description.
    Within about two weeks of use I can now say that I am totally happy with it. It really glides through my hair without snagging on it, I lose much less hair and the oil I'm using is evenly spread.

    Using this beautyful and perectly crafted comb leaves my hair shiny and free of dandruffs and dust. I even noticed that the overall texture of my hair improves.

    One of the best purchases I recently made!


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