Tail combs are designed for hair styling purposes such as parting your hair or carefully combing it to create the pattern of the comb.
The teeth are fine and thin so you can create a beautiful comb pattern in your hair.
Please note that the combs are delicate and are not made for brushing. Please be sure to use it for hair styling after you have brushed your hair.
Boxwood combs produce minimal static electricity, so they do not damage your hair.
Satsuma boxwood trees from Kagoshima Prefecture, which are known for their solid yet supple texture, allow you to protect the cuticle from damage, straighten the hair, and maintain its shine.
Total length: approx. 23cm/Teeth of the comb: approx. 11.5cm/Height: less than 3.5cm
Bringing the boxwood comb, which has long supported the luster of Japanese hair, into the future
Japanese boxwood combs have been used for hair care since ancient times, and are even mentioned in the Manyoshu (The Anthology of Myriad Leaves), a classic work of Japanese literature. During the Edo period, when all kinds of hairstyles were in vogue, boxwood combs were also popular as accessories, worn attached to hairstyles. It was also a custom for a man to give a comb to a woman when proposing marriage. The predecessor of the Yonoya Comb store was founded in the second year of Kyoho (1717), at the height of the Genroku culture era when the urban culture of townsfolk was flourishing, as a artisanal store specializing in combs made of Japanese boxwood. At the time, the store only sold combs wholesale to barbers and hair stylists. Starting from the Meiji era, it commenced retail sales of combs to the wider public.
The store is currently run by the owner, Yutaka Saito. These combs are made of Japanese boxwood (hontsuge in Japanese), which grows in the southern part of western Japan and offers the ideal firmness and elasticity for making combs. Yonoya uses Satsuma boxwood from Kagoshima, which is considered the highest grade of Japanese boxwood. After being harvested, the timber is repeatedly dried and steamed to remove moisture, then cut into a comb shape. After this, Mr. Saito is personally involved in the final process of shaving and polishing the comb’s teeth in the store's workshop. Being carefully finished, the comb is completed with immersing in camellia oil for about a week to ensure that the comb runs smoothly through the hair and is gentle on the scalp. The resulting boxwood comb is resistant to static electricity, while the camellia oil soaked into the comb moisturizes the hair and has a powerful massaging effect on the scalp. Long-time users of these combs say they give the hair a natural luster.
Part of the appeal of this product lies in enjoying its amber hue appearance as it ages and changes color over time. If a comb is soaked in camellia oil and its teeth are cleaned with brush regularly, it can be used for a lifetime.
"Many of our customers have used our combs for three generations—grandmothers, mothers, and daughters. Our Japanese boxwood combs are gentle on both the hair and the environment. We intend to continue to make products that live up to the Yonoya name, so that we can pass on this unique Japanese culture of combing for generations to come."