Hair accessories can be found in an almost infinite variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and
forms. Even the ones designed to serve similar purposes can be so varied as to seem unrelated. Interlocking combs are one such
accessory. There are banana combs and butterfly combs which are both interlocking combs featuring hinged ends and fasteners to
hold them closed. Then there are the standard interlocking combs which hold the hair secure because of the way in which the teeth fit between one another.
Standard interlocking combs generally come in pairs, and are called such because they feature
rows of teeth that are slightly offset from the teeth on the matching comb. When fitted together, the teeth slide snugly together
will hold together without clasps or closures. When placed in the hair, the additional bulk of the hair creates a secure hold for the style being created.
This is a big change over older-style hair combs which can sometimes be troublesome to use,
especially when they are used in straighter hair types.
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Such combs are great for women with long hair who want to secure the hair away from the face
without using potentially damaging ponytail elastics, annoying hairpins, or unattractive banana clips. Like all comb accessories,
interlocking combs work especially well with wavy and curly hair types. However, the interlocking combs work much better with
straight and fine hair types than their predecessors, which tend to slip loose and fall out the longer they are worn. They usually
have to be “repositioned” several times a day.
Interlocking combs can be found in lots of different sizes which make it easy to find the
right size for your hair thickness, and size of head. They can be used to create a long fall of hair down the center of the head,
to secure an up-style, or anchor other accessories in place such as floral sprays and bridal veils.
Hairpieces and Wigs:
They work so well, in fact, that most wig and hairpiece makers now use them almost exclusively
to secure the hairpieces in place on the head. The interlocking combs are sewn into the base of the hairpiece, enabling the wearer
to attach any hairpiece and feel that it is securely in place.
Many women with shorter hair use these types of hairpieces to create the illusion of much
longer hair for special occasions. And because the combs slip in between the hairs and lock to one another, they can be used in
making integration hairpieces and wigs for women with thin hair to give them a fuller looking head of hair.
Styles and Designs:
Interlocking combs can be found in styles to suit virtually any situation. Basic, plastic,
fashion-color comb sets can be found for under $3 (U.S.). You can find sets made in clear acrylic and translucent acrylic tones to
match any haircolor allowing them to be nearly invisible once in place.
There are fashion comb sets in gold, silver and copper metallic finishes, as well as those
made with spine ornamentation in precious metals as well (obviously more expensive). I’ve seen some sets that were circular in
design - to be used in the crown area of the head – with rhinestones or pearls set along the spine, creating a jeweled circlet
effect when used to secure an up-style or long curly hair in a fall. The effect was stunning.