Japanese Hair-Cleansing Tsuge Wood Comb (Suki-gushi)

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Japanese traditional "Suki-gushi" style comb, for handcrafted from tsuge (boxwood).

Clean, beautify and reduce the need for frequent hair washes the way Japanese have done for centuries.Clean, beautify and reduce the need for frequent hair washes the way Japanese have done for centuries.

You can also take it on trips where access to showering is limited, or use as an alternative to dry shampoos and foams.

If you use Camellia oil, this comb helps you get more even, better coverage by using less.

❤ Clean Hair as You Comb

Taper-shaped teeth clean hair by scooping dirt, dandruff, and other particles off as you comb. Smooth, seamless teeth glide effortlessly through hair without snagging and causing breakage.

❤ Bring Out Hair's Natural Beauty

Tsuge (boxwood) is a super-dense, fine grain hard wood containing numerous microscopic "pores."

As you comb, these tiny pores pick up and re-distribute your hair's oils in super-thin, even layers, bringing out its natural gloss.

❤ Reduce Friz

Unlike plastic combs, tsuge does not generate static electricity when you comb. Works with your hair, rather than against it.

Comes with handcrafted case. Patterns vary based on availability.

Pre-soaked with Camellia oil and ready to use.

Overall Size - 9.8 cm long by 5.3 cm tall
Teeth - 1.2 mm pitch, 1.9 cm long
Material - Aged Tsuge Boxwood
Handcrafted in Japan

Choosing the Right Comb for Your Hair

  • Hair Type: All Types
  • Best For: Designed for cleansing hair and reducing wash frequency and versatile. 
  • Suitable for All Hair Lengths

How to Use

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 is marked. You comb with the front side facing roots of your hair (see picture in gallery).

The comb has two identical rows: one on top and another on the bottom. The handle slides on and off so you can use either row. It's like having two combs. 

About Tsuge and Sukigushi

Tsuge, also known as boxwood, is a small tree which grows very slowly. It takes over thirty years to mature and produces a super-dense, hard wood which Japanese use for making combs with exceedingly high polish and finish.

Sukigushi in Japanese means "scooping comb" because the teeth are shaped like a scoop (narrow in the front, wide in the back) to cleanse hair.

To make a comb, wood is harvested from tsuge trees which are at least 35 years old. Cut pieces are cleaned and smoked to strengthen the wood and remove insects and stored for drying in a dedicated warehouse. Because of this smoking, tsuge combs give off a pleasant, smoky scent. After that, pieces with the best wood grain are selected for handcrafting in multiple steps of rough-shaping, carving, polishing, and soaking with Camellia oil.

How to Care for Your Comb

Tsuge combs render their best performance when occasionally cleaned with Camellia oil. They also get softer and more polished with time, and the wood becomes darker and richer in color.

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

19 Reviews Hide Reviews Show Reviews

  • 5
    Marvelous

    Posted by Laylah on 24th May 2024

    This comb is genuinely a functional piece of art. I have wavy, unruly, long hair and this comb magically cleans and shines my locks. At first I was concerned the comb might not be strong enough to withstand my hair, but it absolutely is the best hair brushing implement I’ve ever used. I only wash my hair (with funori, from Wawaza of course) once a week and this comb keeps the tresses dust/dirt free between washes. The remarkable craftsmanship ,lovely, subtle smoky scent of the wood, and feel of the comb elevates hair maintenance to a really pleasurable ritual. This comb will last ages if cared for properly.

  • 5
    Beautiful

    Posted by Frankie Furman on 7th May 2024

    I love combining my hair clean without removing its oil.

  • 5
    it is wonderful, hair looks outstanding, shines smooth, waives i've never seen appear.

    Posted by jd on 24th Jan 2024

    outstanding product, as a gift it was most highly welcomed, all people happy!

  • 4
    Great comb, cleans out dandruff and dirt

    Posted by Heba Aldeek on 22nd Jan 2024

    I love that this comb sweeps through the roots of your hair and cleans out all the sebum, dirt, and dandruff in one go. I only am confused on how to clean in between the fine teeth as its very hard to go in there with my soft toothbrush. Also, the combs do have a strong smoked wood smell so be aware, but I don't mind as it does the job. Overall its been a very good experience.

  • 5
    Wonderful Comb!

    Posted by Anonymous customer on 29th Jul 2023

    I have used this comb every morning for the past seven months and decided that it was time to write a review of what is now one of my most treasured possessions. I absolutely love this comb and my only regret is not buying it sooner. It is cleverly designed and well made and really does remove dust and other particles from the hair. The only downside is that it is difficult to remove knots because the teeth are very close together, but I use the detangler comb first which does a good job untangling the knots. If properly cared for, this comb will last a lifetime and is a worthwhile investment.

  • 5
    Love this comb

    Posted by Joan on 9th May 2023

    I use this daily and it does work for me as a thorough gentle comb for thinning hair!

  • 5
    so pleased with my comb

    Posted by Signe on 16th Mar 2023

    I am so pleased with my comb. I wash my hair just once a week or every 10 days, but I use the comb twice a day. It really works well and gives my very fine hair more volume and distributes the sebum very well. I enjoy the feeling of combing.

  • 5
    I love the whole experience

    Posted by Anna Mariella on 10th Nov 2022

    I bought this comb to hopefully replace a BBB in needing to wash my hair less. Right away: It does. It works well alongside preening with my fingers. And that's not all. It leaves my hair so ridiculously soft. I can't even describe it. It's like a hair fairy visits me every time. Also, it arrived much, much faster than estimated.

  • 5
    Excellent craftsmanship!

    Posted by Armik on 14th Jan 2022

    awesome comb, really cleans your hair!

  • 5
    Great comb!

    Posted by Mk on 29th Oct 2021

    I am really glad I decided to buy this comb. Yes, the price made me hesitate, but I have great confidence in the products that Wawaza sells. I also like supporting artisans dedicated to preserving a wonderful tradition. I use this comb on days when I do not wash my hair and it does helps to clean out the dirt from the hair. I even feel it gives my hair more volume, I guess because it's not being weighed down by dirt and grime. It's also a nice massage for the scalp. The comb is very well made and comes in a beautiful pouch. It is a most worthwhile investment.

  • 5
    Great Quality

    Posted by Nadja on 10th May 2021

    Great quality comb and arrived in the UK very quickly!

  • 5
    Worth every single penny ❤️

    Posted by Sameera on 22nd Mar 2020

    I do not have words to describe how amazing this comb (and Wawaza in general!) are. My hair is not chemically treated nor have I used blow dryers ever but still, I would like it to look nicer. This comb makes my hair shine SO much, you would think I applied copious amounts of a hair styling product, but I did not! I wish I could attach a photo showing how much my hair shines now. I did not apply any oils either. And the comb truly collects every bit of dirt! Even when I thought my hair felt completely clean, it still picked up some dust. I only wish I knew of the proper way to clean my precious comb so I can keep her for decades together. Wawaza's customer service is the best I have ever experienced anywhere. They truly care about their customers and always wrap their packages with so much thought and care. As one reviewer said, the packages truly look like a work of art! ❤️ I am truly so grateful for having found this amazing website. If you are someone who does the 'no poo' process, this comb will work amazingly well for you. I know the price is high but I promise it is absolutely worth it! ❤️