Classic Japanese tail comb for styling, parting and detailing. Handcrafted from tsuge (boxwood.)
Excellent control for up-styling, precise parting, and sectioning. Gentle, precision teeth make it easy to volumize and to get consistent tension when lifting hair.
❤ Bring Out Hair's Natural Beauty
Tsuge has microscopic pores which pick up and re-distribute your hair's sebum in thin, even layers, promoting natural gloss throughout.
❤ Reduce Friz
Unlike plastic combs, tsuge does not generate static electricity when you comb. Works with your hair, rather than against it.
❤ Prevent Damage & Split Ends
Seamless, polished teeth caress hair instead of fighting it. There are no rough seam-lines like in molded combs which can snag causing breakage and split ends.
Comes with case. Pre-soaked with Camellia oil and ready to use.
Overall Size - 15.5 cm long x 2.5 cm wide
Teeth - 1.6 mm pitch x 1.5 cm Length
Material - Aged Tsuge Boxwood
Handcrafted in Japan
Japanese Hairstyling Traditions: The Art of Nihongami
Japanese hairstyling is a highly developed and sophisticated art-form spanning a variety of styles. Notable among these is Nihongami, dating back to the beginning of Edo period in 1603.
Nihongami is a living tradition in Japan and continues to evolve. Far from being a style just for geishas, there is a bewildering array of modern interpretations for up-styling girls and ladies of all ages.
Nihongami hairstyling traces its origin back to the golden age of Japanese geishas, maikos and oiran courtesans.
Considered as art, Nihongami includes specialties such as Shimada (similar to a chignon), Kikugasane (chrysanthemum style, for young maikos) and many others. In its basic structure, Nihongami focuses on styling five areas of hair: maegami (front), bin (sides), tsuto (neckline), neh (root), mageh (chignon), and then adding ornaments called kanzashi.
Picture below: Nihongami basic structure. Lower Left: Lady in Mage-matsuri (chignon festival). Lower Right: 3-year-old dressed up for Shichi-Go-San festival (Rite of Passage day).
About Tsuge Combs
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.
To make a comb, wood is harvested from tsuge trees which are at least 35 years old. Cut pieces are cleaned and stored for drying in a dedicated warehouse for another ten years. After that, pieces with 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.
- 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.
Very beautifully designed and light weight, delicate and gentle to the skull when brushing. Fast shipping, and well packaged. I will definitely order again from this seller.