Beard Comb vs Beard Brush: Which One Should You Use?

Baardkam vs Baardborstel: Welke moet jij gebruiken?

A beard comb and a beard brush are 2 different tools for your beard hair. But what exactly are the differences and which one is best for your beard? After all, your beard is an essential part of your identity, so you want it to always look its best!

Whether you have a full beard or as an extra accent on your face, your beard plays a prominent role in your appearance. After reading this article you will know exactly what the differences are between a beard comb and a beard brush and which one you should use when.

What is a beard comb?

As the word already reveals, a beard comb is a comb for your beard hair. Beard combs are usually smaller than regular hair combs and have thicker teeth that are spaced further apart.

With a beard comb you guide your beard hairs in the right direction and you can carefully remove tangles. In fact, you can style the beard with the beard comb. Applying a beard oil is also a piece of cake if you use a beard comb.

When you use the comb correctly, you will feel the teeth of the beard comb over your skin. This is excellent for the blood circulation of the skin and that is good for the hair follicles of your beard hairs. You already feel it coming; a beard comb ensures the growth and well-being of your beard!

Make sure that your beard has had at least 3 months to grow. If you have not yet reached the 3 months, your beard hairs may still be a bit on the short side to spoil them with the beard comb.

Benefits beard comb

  1. A beard comb is easy to carry thanks to its compact size
  2. A beard comb is very suitable for distributing beard oil through your beard
  3. A beard comb ensures good blood circulation
  4. A beard comb is ideal for longer beards
  5. A beard comb is great for detangling and getting rid of knots

What is a beard brush?

A beard brush is a special brush for your beard. The hairs of a beard brush are many times closer together than with a beard comb. This is necessary so that you can be sure that you will reach all your beard hairs. By using a beard brush, taking care of your beard is just a piece of a cake. With this tool you can quickly and easily take care of your beard.

The hairs of a beard brush are stiff, which stimulates the skin under the beard. A beard brush helps against an itchy beard and beard dandruff. This instrument also creates more volume and model in your beard and removes dirt in a smooth way.

Benefits beard brush

  1. A beard brush helps against itching and beard dandruff
  2. A beard brush provides more texture and volume in your beard
  3. A beard brush stimulates hair growth
  4. A beard brush prevents beard hair from breaking
  5. A beard brush ensures that your beard hairs become less "wild".

What are the differences between a beard comb and a beard brush?

A beard comb and a beard brush are used for two different purposes. A beard brush is made to soften your beard, cleanse it and exfoliate the underlying skin.

A beard brush has a completely different shape, which makes styling your beard difficult. A comb, on the other hand, consists of a solid piece with coarse teeth. A comb is therefore intended to style your beard and to remove tangles from your beard.

Some men prefer to use a beard brush, while other men prefer to use a beard comb. Both beard tools have their pros and cons.

When a beard comb?

  • Works best on a beard of at least 3 months
  • Style? Use a beard comb
  • Trimming your beard hair? A beard comb can help you with this

When a beard brush?

  • A boar bristle brush is ideal for conditioning and cleaning your beard
  • Use a beard brush when your beard is short
  • With a brush you train your beard hair in a certain direction
  • A beard brush works perfectly if you want more volume in your beard

What are the properties of the different materials that beard combs/beard brushes are made of?

Beard combs are available in various materials such as; plastic, metal, stainless steel, wood and buffalo horn. So there is a wide choice and each product has its own fan base. It is of course up to you which type of product you like best, but it does not hurt to (re)orient yourself first.

Each compound has its pluses and minuses. The comfort is also determined by the different raw materials from which the beard comb is produced. External influences, such as sunlight and moisture/water can have adverse effects on the operation of the various materials. We'll come back to that in a moment.

Beard combs made of buffalo horn, pear, sandal or olive tree wood are often high-quality instruments for optimal care of the beard. This tool, which consists entirely of natural materials, is also very comfortable to use.

Traditionally, the beard comb was also made of bone. Because many sustainable (vegan) materials are now available and production with the use of 'bones' takes more time, these are the most expensive products on the market and are actually sold much less today.

buffalo horn

Then the buffalo horn beard comb. Very popular with the driven beard fanatic. The chemical composition and molecular structure of this product is similar to that of our own hair and nails. Horn is naturally not static, so the beard comb glides through your beard like warm butter.

The ultimate tool to keep your beard safely and comfortably in top condition. Horn will also not easily damage or splinter, so the risk of damaging the beard hairs is very small.


As far as we are concerned, and many users, a beard comb made of wood is an excellent alternative to the horny one. Although it is important to make a good choice in which type of wood your beard instrument is made. For example, pear, sandal or olive wood are excellent choices.

Cheaper variants of 'noise tree wood' have a considerably shorter lifespan. There is also a chance that a lesser (read: softer) quality of wood is quickly damaged, so that you run the risk of killing your beard. Pulls to shreds. Or worse, damaged your skin. With a splinter through the winter. Or at the emergency room...


Finally, there are the plastic and metal variants. Simple plastic ones that are handy for on the go. An extra set for in the glove compartment or in the leather case of your vintage motorcycle. Then you can lose them 'on the road' again. During Pinkpop. Doesn't hurt as much if you accidentally lose it. Instead of your cherished buffalo horn variant.

Of course there is also the tasteful Rhodoid. A vintage plastic with superior properties that allows you to rinse oil, balm or our other beard products smoothly from the comb and is therefore organically massaged into your beard.


Sublimely polished stainless steel is more or less indestructible and is also available in stylish variants.

Swedish Mr. Bear Family, for example, has a quality collection that appeals to the imagination that many swear by. Stainless steel and metal are made of a harder material, so you have to be careful not to work too rough, especially with the metal unpolished variant. There is then a chance ofdamage .

Sufficient choice of various high-quality tools that you, once you have made the right choice, can no longer do without your beard.


When using beard combs made of horn and wood, you always have to be careful with wetness. If you store the beard comb made of these materials 24/7 in a relatively humid bathroom on your shelf, this can have a negative impact on your instrument.

If the humidity in this room is too high, wood can start to warp and the horn can start to smell bad at some point. Good to know because if you take this into account you will extend the life of your beard gear.

The beard brush

This beard grooming tool usually consists of the plastics and the wooden grip.

They come in various shapes and designs, but the majority of men find the beard brush in oval shape the most comfortable to hold. And preferably made of, for example, pears or bamboo wood.

The most important are the bristles with which you care for your beard and keep it in shape. You can opt for the synthetic variant, but the most commonly used are the boar hair beard brushes or pig hair or a mix of these with polyester hair.

With regard to the lifespan of these instruments, the same applies as for the beard combs made of wood and horn: make sure that they are not consuming H2O in a (too) humid bathroom on the shelf. The glue of the hair can easily come off at some point.

Also with synthetic brushes. Wood can start to work, changing the shape of the brush or even deforming and breaking.

Good luck testing your favorite beard tools!

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Our choice

Morgan's Beard Brush Small
The Morgan's Beard Brush Small is a traditionally shaped beard brush, with the handle made of wood. The bristles of the brush are made of boar bristles combined with synthetic bristles. It cleans your hair perfectly and has a stimulating effect on hair growth. It also removes knots from your beard without any effort.

Bossman Pocket Wood Beard Comb
The Pocket Wood Comb from Bossman is a very nice comb and is specially made to carry in your back pocket so that you can style your beard everywhere. The comb is made entirely of red sandalwood and has two different types of teeth so that you can use it for any hair type. The comb comes with a beautiful faux leather cover so you can take it with you wherever you go.